I am a deep thinker. Sure, my main thing is humor, but I’m also a thoughtful gal – like a still pool in a forest glen, I’m deep. As a matter of fact, one of the posts I am most proud of asks the existential question, “why am I here?” But that’s not important right now.
I’ve had over 12,000 hits on an old blog post in the last 2 days, and I want to know why.
The post in question is R.I.P. “Bunny” Bixler. This was a tongue-in-cheek obituary for a fictional character who is mentioned, but never shown, in the delightful 1950s Rosalind Russell movie, Auntie Mame. I really like this movie. A lot. I always wanted to BE Auntie Mame, but the closest I’ve come is doing a pretty good rendition of Little Glory recounting the ping-pong incident.
I wrote this post in January of 2011 when I had been engaged in the blogging business a grand total of 3 months. In that short period I had figured out how to upload pictures, embed movies and curb the impulse to make every post a novel. I think most of my 7 readers liked the piece – I did. But what I want to know is why everyone and their brother is reading it NOW.
I’ve been doing some sleuthing and there are a couple of possibilities.
1) A couple of months after I wrote this, I discovered the existence of a Pittsburgh drag queen who had adopted this stage name. Fearing the “real” Bunny Bixler had died, last night I rushed to her Twitter page to check. Based on her “favorite” response to my inquiry about her health, she is still very much alive.
2) Several people have tweeted links to this post. I asked one how he had come to me, and he said my post had been shared on Facebook by Bobby Rivers. I assume that would be the movie critic, talk show host and onetime Food Network host, but I don’t see anything about me on his page.
I’m not complaining about this mini attack of going viral – au contraire! (that’s French for “hell no.”) It’s just that I need to know the source of all the attention so I can figure out how to exploit it. Oops – didn’t mean to say that. I meant so I can say thank you to my kind benefactor.
Given the number of subscribed readers I have (who are the best on WordPress, by the way. Have I told you that lately?) you would be excused for thinking that every post gets 12,000 views. Hell no! (that’s American for “au contraire.”) The sad fact is that only about 2% of readers usually bother to READ the drivel I put up here. Even Freshly Pressed posts don’t gather that number of reads.
I’m stumped. Delighted, but stumped. Any ideas?