One of the many things that makes writing a blog exciting is when a post goes viral for an entirely unexpected reason — and what happened on Tuesday of this week was very unexpected! While making a routine check of my stats page shortly after 4:00 PM, I noticed, with a degree of astonishment, that the day’s traffic counter looked like this:
Um, wow: I couldn’t believe that the blog needed fewer than 100 visits to surpass its best traffic day ever (which, I will note, was several years in the past at this point)! I immediately checked my list of referrers (sites that are directing traffic to Worleygig) and noted that a huge amount of traffic was coming from this Reddit thread, which indirectly linked to This Post (from way back in 2011!) about a Pink Pig Chair. Yes I just typed that. Check it out for yourself below.
It seems that the owner of this chair put it up for sale on Craigslist, which triggered the viral activity as the post was picked up by Reddit and then Twitter, and funneled over to me because of a completely incidental link to my post buried in the discussion. To add intrigue, a reporter from the New York Times also contacted me for a story she was researching about the Craiglistpost! You can’t make this stuff up.
At the end the day, we celebrated a record high number of visits to our humble little site. Even though the extra traffic will gradually dissipate until we are back to our normal flow, I am super grateful to the Internet gods that crazy things like this can occur.
Worleygig.com wishes all of our readers the very best for the coming year! For our part, we promise to continue to bring you the most amazing coverage in the realms of Art and Design, Humor, Pop Culture, Assorted Absurdness, Food Reviews, Cuteness, Bacon, and Things that are Pink! Let’s make it the best year ever!
Well, it’s June 10th again and that means it’s time to chalk up another banner year here at the Worley Gig, where today we are celebrating Eleven (11!) solid years of Web Dominance! Hurray for us! This past year has seen The Gig give pause to its competition with our unequalled coverage of Art, Bacon and Things that are Pink, as well as Food and Restaurant Reviews, consciousness-expanding coverage of Design and Lifestyle topics and our wildly popular new music series, Video Clip of the Week (which just turned one year old)! I can’t believe how much we rule!
Of course, we could not have achieved this level of success without all of our dedicated and enthusiastic readers. Thanks as always for all of your support, your faithful readership, for Tweeting and Posting our links via your social media outlets, and of course for your fun and insightful comments. Cheers to another great year!
People really do win here at Worleygig.com! New reader Joe Flavin has won this fantastic looking and highly functional 3D Zombie Magnet (courtesy of the NeatoShop) after being chosen at random from all the folks who clicked “Like” on The Gig’s FaceBook Fan Page, between October 24th and October 31st. Congratulations to Joe and thanks to all new Fans! This was lots of fun! Look for more rad contests coming soon!
You may notice that I’ve added a Covenant HouseDonation Banner to the upper right-hand column of the homepage. Please consider clicking on the banner and making one time or reoccurring donation to Covenant House, an extremely worthwhile and proactive organization which rescues homeless kids from the street.
The Simpsons Movie opens on Friday of this week, July 27, 2007, and while I doubt I’ll be standing in a line around the block on opening night, I definitely plan to see any movie that has a donut built into its logo. Just to increase the hype around the movie while exponentially lowering office productivity, you can now go to the website, Simpsons Movie DotCom and make your own Simpsons Avatar. Happy fun!