Non-Teaching, Social Media, Technology

How many hits counts as viral?

Yesterday I wrote about examining the evidence found in my blog’s stats page about how people find various entries I’ve written. It’s definitely interesting to see the ways people arrive here and what they might be looking for that ultimately leads them to one of my posts.

So, you can imagine my surprise yesterday when I came upon this interesting statistic:

Really? REALLY?

This discovery raises a whole host of questions for me:

  • Is it really possible that seventeen people came across this page yesterday while trying to find out information about “The Great Corn Pone Research Quagmire of 2010” that I mentioned yesterday?
  • Did I accidentally co-opt the name of an already existing event unknowingly? If so, to whom should I give credit?
  • Could there really be major corn pone dilemmas afflicting our world that I don’t know about?
  • Have I just coined a term that is about to go viral and become a major internet meme?
  • Assuming the answer to the previous question is “yes,” will Ludacris discover this term (and by extension my blog) and offer me a record contract?
  • If the answer the Ludacris question is “yes,” will he make me use auto-tune on my record?

I think I know the provenance of this statistic, but I’ll suspend all rational explanations and instead imagine a world where a Great Corn Pone Research Quagmires are free to exist.

I mean, really?


5 thoughts on “How many hits counts as viral?

  1. Allison says:

    Wow, that’s really weird, Mr. Kogan. What do you think the provenance of this statistic is? Because I personally think it’s about to go viral and you will in fact be forced to use auto-tune to create a record based around the Great Cone Pone Research Quagmire of 2010. Why, this is even better than detwritus!

    • Nate says:

      Yeah, I had a sense about the provenance. But I am still holding out hope for option #2. Did you find any related links about this “Great Quagmire” from sites other than mine?

      • Allison says:

        Surprisingly enough, no, I didn’t. And I would just say that I have too much free time in the summer, but I would have done the same thing had you posted that during the school year, so that’s not really a valid excuse. Just be glad I never hid one of these in your room: But I do sense a record deal in the works! And I’d really like to hear you sound like Cher in “Believe” as that would be quite entertaining.

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