I glanced at the Google Analytics for this web site, and the chart showing the number of unique users looked totally wrong. Here’s what I’m talking about:
The November 8 number is 5,337 with 6,752 on the 9th. That’s far more than normal (November 5 had 607). On a normal monthly report, about 38% are new visitors, with most being returning readers; on these two days, the new visitor number was 93.5%. So these were not my regular readers.
Where did they come from?
They came from all over. Here’s the top of the chart of locations:
So what was it?
Most of the hits were referred from reddit.com. Reddit is a social media site where registered users suggest articles, which are voted up or down in popularity. Someone must have suggested an article from my site, and 10,000 people clicked on it. As best I can tell, the article is not recent, but one called “False Flag Operation” from last March, the debunking of a Internet photo of Michelle Obama titled “Hooray for Communism.”
So much for my site’s 15 hours of fame.