A few posts back I finally hit 200 actual, posted posts. I mention this now not because I expect anyone to give a damn, but because, last year, when I ran a series of posts riffing on the my inflated post numbers as illustrated on the blogger.com dashboard, something weird happened: these posts racked up pageviews in record numbers.
These were clearly throw-away posts meant only to occupy my fatuous mind for a few moments while I tried to think of something real to write about, but all three of them* were immediately deluged with pageviews at a rate way out of proportion to anything this blog has seen before or since. Overnight these banal little posts were racking up over a thousand pageviews. In the 5 years this blog has been in existence, only two other posts have broken a thousand pageviews and it took many, many months--and a diligent publicity campaign by Grodog--to get there, not a single day.
Obviously no one wants to read about how many times I've bothered posting to this silly blog, so clearly these hits must have been generated by some robo-hitmonkey in Shangai or Minsk or Cleveland. But what is it about these silly little posts that made the robo-hitmonkey click itself into a stupor on these content-less posts-in-name-only? Is there something intrinsically appealing about posts with titles that follow the formula "[# of Posts]th Post!"? Was it something else about these posts that drew the attention of the voracious, stat-blasting robots? Has anyone else encountered this bizarre phenomenon?
*One of these posts was renamed to see if changing the name would influence the hit count. Results were inconclusive.
[EDIT: Two days later, this post has drawn a fairly reasonable 40 hits. Apparently the formula is no longer appealing to the cyber locusts, or I missed the point entirely.