Well. In the two days since I put up that last post, traffic has been very significantly higher than usual. Is there a connection between the two events?
Between 9:00 and 10:00 this morning, there were nine clicks on what’s by far my most popular post, the one on Ray Bradbury’s story, “All Summer in a Day.” Yesterday there were at least a dozen clicks on the same post (as well as several on other posts—thanks!). This story is apparently taught to middle school students in US-run schools all over the world, so that’s not so surprising, and based on TypePad stats (assuming these are accurate) I get references from search engines in a wide range of different countries. It’s also not unusual for the Bradbury post to get several extra clicks (statistically speaking) apparently through search engines, right after I put up a new post on a different topic, while the new post gets one or two or none—though I haven’t done a real analysis and this might be an observer effect. Eight downloads in less than five minutes, from the same Google search, is a little odd, though. What could I attribute it to? Who would click on the same old post several times, as a result of the appearance of a different post? Why? Is there a connection between my discussion about traffic and the generation of extra traffic? How could that be, when as far as I know, nobody read that discussion? It’s probably a coincidence.