I was stat trolling again this morning, a complete waste of time but healthy for the ego, and I noticed that yesterday’s most popular blog was not the one I had just posted but one from the month of April, Air Quality Control. It had 67 views yesterday, more than it had after posting it. I did a quick search of the web to see if Margaret Atwood had died (macabre and terrifying thought!) or if she had published a new book and I wasn’t informed by the gods of fabulous fiction. Margaret hadn’t died from a severe case of dystopia nor was a new treasure trove of prose published. So what was the cause of all this traffic to that post, on this particular day?
I viewed the search terms and “the robber bride” came up 67 times, the exact number of times the post got hit upon. I had not used that as a tag so when I did a search nothing related to my blog came up. And why would it? There are only a gazillion related pages and I didn’t have time to scroll through them all. I then went to the “referer” stats and honed in on the Google Image search views and there was a clue. I typed “the robber bride” into Google Image search myself and eventually found the image linking back to my blog among the hordes of other novel cover pictures, et al. But why was mine hit 67 times, on one day, out of the blue?
I have a few theories:
- Someone has too much time on their hands, is playing with my head and likes the number 67.
- A secret admirer is sending me a message and doesn’t want me to see his or her ID, ala *67, the blocked party feature of caller ID.
- 67 kids are in a summer school class and one of my teacher followers liked that post so much he or she assigned “The Robber Bride” as a little light summer reading and told the brats to use that image for their book report cover.
- The apocalypse is nearing after all and aliens are telling me I only have 67 more chances to read “The Robber Bride.”
- The ghost of an obscure Roman Legionnaire, who died on June 4, 67, is playing his annual death day prank and I’m the lucky recipient.
- Somebody’s cat got on the keyboard when its owner took a potty break and got interrupted in its “Niney-nine Hits on an Obscure Post” paw-along.
- My boss is only giving me a 67 cent raise and doesn’t have the balls to tell me in an email.
- Margaret Atwood has turned 67 and the fabulous fiction gods are sending me a hint to wish her Happy Birthday.
- The weirdo hitting it 67 times got bored and took off to masturbate to Tumblr.
- The last theory is left for you…You tell me why I suddenly got 67 hits on my blog post on a single day for no obvious good reason!
I leave you with a video as this enigma join the ranks of Bigfoot and The Bermuda Triangle….