As I mentioned late this summer, my blog traffic seemed to have peaked in late August or early September. I was probably averaging 4,000 visits/day at that point. At around the time I gave up my regularly scheduled Going Paperless posts1 the traffic started decreasing. These days I probably average right around 3,000 visits/day.
So yesterday was something of a surprise. I didn’t post anything new, and I was offline for much of the day, celebrating Christmas was the family. But I peeked at the stats late in the morning and was astonished to see an unusually large number of visits. Indeed, by the end of the day, I found that nearly 9,000 people visited the blog yesterday. That’s the most in a single day in probably half a year. At one point, there were 112 active visitors on the site at the same time. I typically average around 15-20 active visitors at any one time.
Naturally, I was curious as to why there would be such a large amount of activity on a day where I posted nothing new, and a major holiday at that. So I poked around and discovered that the vast majority of yesterday’s visitor were visiting posts I’d written on FitBit devices. From there, it wasn’t hard to put two and two together, and realize that there are probably a lot of people out there (my in-laws included) that received FitBit devices for the holidays, and were figuring out how to use them.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go setup a couple of FitBit devices.
- Yes, there will be another one later today. ↩