The last several days I've witnessed a huge jump in blog hits. Like, 20- to 30-fold the normal traffic I get.
And I know why.
I wrote about this phenomenon some weeks ago; but since Wednesday, it's absolutely gone through the roof. Already I've gotten far more hits in January than I had in all of December.
My article about the Primary Schedule, which I originally wrote back in late November of 2006 in the aftermath of the big senate election, has found itself in the very first position on Google when searching for the phrase "primary schedule" (sponsored links notwithstanding).
When I first noticed I was getting referrals from Google, and saw my position of supreme authority on their list of results, I started updating the info regularly.
The frequent updates to the post helped keep me high on the list, I think.
For the last few months I've been averaging anywhere from 100-350 hits per day. Today and yesterday I've gotten over 8,000 hits total, and it's still going strong. When I look at the referrals in the Sitemeter page, it shows about 90-95% hits via Google.
Apparently, people are curious about where this screwed up primary schedule is taking us next. Lots of people.
The good news is that the primary page's sudden popularity has brought new readers to the blog, and I'm also getting a lot of people linking to my site for the first time in quite a while. It seems they're coming for the primary schedule, and then a significant number are reading the other articles.
This makes me happy!
Plus, for at least a few days, this blog will be the most popular political website in Connecticut, based on total hits.