So yesterday, I conducted an experiment.
That’s not nearly as cool as it sounds, since I didn’t get to wear a lab coat or blow stuff up in test tubes.
I was experimenting on you guys, the readers of this blog. Since the delightful Harley May gave me a day off with her roast, I deliberately didn’t mention my own blog on Twitter yesterday.
(Sidenote: being able to use the phrase “tweet my blog” is my favorite thing about Twitter).
Because I’m a stalker, I already know a good chunk of my daily blog hits come from Twitter. I tweet something silly saying I’ve got a new post up, people click my link, and maybe a few kind souls even retweet that.
On a good day, I might get 300 visitors. On an average day, it’s closer to 150. Prior to yesterday, my theory was that if I simply didn’t tweet my blog (snicker!) on a given day, my visitor volumes would plummet.
I was wrong.
And as is often the case, I was happy to be wrong.
While it wasn’t one of my highest-volume days, it wasn’t one of my lowest, either. There were still over 100 unique visitors. Roughly 17% of those were first-timers, and the rest were return visitors.
I’m intrigued. Where did you come from? What made you stop by? Google Analytics only tells part of the story. For instance, I can see many of you get here via my blogger profile, but how did you find that?
I’ll admit it, I’m a lazy blog reader myself. I have a few I visit daily whether I’m prompted to or not, but in most cases I’m like a squirrel with something shiny. If a tweet catches my eye, I click the link and visit the blog. Very rarely do I remember to return again the next day, even if I really loved the post.
I assumed everyone operated like that, but apparently that’s not true. You still showed up yesterday, even without me jumping up and down on Twitter yelling “Pet me! Pet me! Pet me!” like a neurotic cocker spaniel.
So I really am curious – who are you? How did you get here? What made you visit me today? Even if you aren’t a regular commenter, I’d love to hear from you in today’s comments. This is a highly scientific experiment, people – I need information!
I also need that lab coat. And maybe some little white mice.