Okay, I admit it. I look sometimes.
That’s right. I will – on occasion — click over to my “site stats” page to see how many views a certain post might have received. Is that really so bad? Do I need to change my name to BlogVanity? I hope not.
Anyway, I like to think that this place gets pretty good traffic. And over the last or so year my numbers have been up. And I mean up. What happened? Have the masses finally become keen on book reviews and cocktail recipes from scientists?
Well, I don’t want to sound like a GOP pollster, but I’m afraid my numbers are skewed. By what, you might wonder? Well, by Scrat.
Yep – and it’s pretty obvious from looking at the data that my post from last fall about the discovery of fossils of what might be referred to as “a sabre-toothed squirrel” is the culprit. You see, in that post I included a picture of the cartoon sabre-toothed squirrel, Scrat, from the Ice Age movies. And apparently, that picture is pretty high on the list of google image search results for “Scrat”.
Let’s take Wednesday – I’d just finished BlogFestivus, but is what is the top hit on my blog? Yep, Scrat.
What about search terms that lead to here. As you can see, the top ten are pretty Scratcentric. Which, as a blogger, I can say is a little disappointing.
That post is far and away the top page-view getter over the last 12 months — garnering about 50% more than the home page. In fact, if you look at the all time total since I moved this blog to WordPress from Vox, a staggering 18% are now made up of Scrat hits. And my guess is that percentage will always get larger.
So, what’s a blogger to do? Should I not worry about it and take my scrat-tastic numbers with a lump of salt? Should I delete that post so that traffic should go back to being representative of, you know, the content that I generate?
I don’t know. I do sort of like that squirrel, so maybe it’s not the worst of situations. Happy Scraturday to all!