Saturday, January 12, 2013

Why That Blog Post? It Stumps Me...

It's Worth the Wait!

Several months ago I came across a blog where each week (excepting some of the holiday weeks...) a photo is posted and five words are listed. The reader's assignment--if we choose to accept it--is to write a short story of less than 500 words using both the photo and the five words. I have found this assignment to be a blast! I've had so much fun writing these little stories. They're like literary candy!

A few weeks after I started participating in the weekly writing prompts, the site posted the above photo and the five words to use were: Manners, Pin, Chameleon, Thermometer, and Birthday. I wrote one story, then I wrote two, each story completely different from each other. I submitted the stories, and that was it. When writing a daily blog post, sometimes the interest in a post only lasts until the next on is published.

And then, something strange happened. For some inexplicable reason, this post, this Two Stories In One Blog Post post has gone viral, and by viral, I mean, by my standards (a busy day for my post is over 100 views...). This post has become my most popular blog post ever. It's even eclipsed my The 1972 Buick Electra 225 blog post. That post gets a lot of views from Russia...I guess they like that car.

I've tried to figure out why the two short stories post has gotten so many hits and I can't explain why. I liked the two stories that I wrote, but I think there are other short stories that are better. Maybe there's a post somewhere spotlighting my blog post. If there is, I don't know where it is.

I wonder if the interest in this particular post will continue. If it does, I'm glad it was that one. There are a lot of posts I've written in the almost 2 years of continuous blog writing that I'm glad the interest in them is somewhat temporary.


  1. The comment about the Russians liking that car was funny.

    I actually found your blog through another blogger (can't remember the name), but they did have a link to your blog there so maybe that has helped increase your page views?

    1. Thanks Cindy! Maybe that's how my post is increasing in traffic. I'm still stumped. And, since I wrote this on the 12, I've doubled the number of hits I had on that one post. Crazy! Thanks also for the follow!