From yesterday’s Google Analytics, I should expect well over a million visitors to my blog this year…

From yesterday’s Google Analytics, I should expect well over a million visitors to my blog this year…

…which is, of course, as good an argument for why people should look at trends over time as you’ll ever find.

So this is my website traffic over the last month:

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…and sensible people might be asking why four thousand people turned up yesterday (normally I have about 100 visitors a day). It’s because I put a post up on reddit that proved relatively popular and was voted to the top of the UK subreddit, where it stayed for about 12 hours….

 

It would have been probably much higher than 4,000, except that the large amount of traffic overwhelmed the site, meaning it was offline for a good percentage of those 12 hours (I’ve now sensibly enabled caching and so on, so the site is much better equipped to handle such spikes, should they ever occur again. It’s difficult to estimate how much bigger, but one would expect that the two peaks in this chart would have been the sides of a larger surge (the second peak was just as I got the caching working) and the first is just as it rose to the top of the subreddit (the times are not in GMT unfortunately)

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