It was just a couple of weeks ago that I wrote a blog post asking what was with people and tires.
My most popular blog post of all time was one I wrote in June of 2018: “And the World’s Largest Tire Manufacturer Is… Drumroll Please…“ I didn’t think there was anything particularly special about the post until one day in September 2019.
Back then my blog was averaging about 350-400 views per day. However, on that particular day, my blog had 5,385 views, of which 5,021 were for my blog post about the world’s largest tire manufacturer. Of course, I wrote about that day as well: “The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild“.
While that post is still my most popular, it’s never had day like that since, although a couple of weeks ago it had 415 views in one day. Again, I have no reason why.
Well, all of that changed today. People really went crazy about tires, as you can see from the photo above.
As of 11:00 tonight, my blog has had over 9.700 views, with over 9,400 coming from the tires post. And if you look a little bit more closely, you will see that the biggest referrer was Reddit.
So what was going on?
Well as it turned my oldest son actually texted me tonight and asked me if I was getting a lot of view on my tires post. I said that I was, and asked how he would have known that. Was he just sitting at his house hitting the refresh button on that post to boost my view count?
No, he wasn’t (it doesn’t work that way, I’ve tried…). He told me he had come across the following in a subreddit:
TIL stands for Today I Learned, and this person had somehow come across my blog and posted it to the TIL subreddit. I don’t know much about Reddit, except I have heard it referred to as the front page of the Internet. I also don’t know what the 14.7k refers to, but I am guessing it is somehow related to the crazy number of views I got today. At one point, my view count increased by 5,700 views in one hour.
Many of you know of my obsession with WordPress stats, so you can imagine what kind of day I have had.
Thank you to u/otter for linking to my post. It looks like I may need to spend some time learning about Reddit and see if I can post links to some of my blog posts on its site.
Once I do, perhaps David Kanigan’s wild stats day will be within reach…
P.S. I checked just before midnight to see if I hit 10,000 views for the day, and I have!