Germans love "Pornography"
Every once in a while, I get curious about what the stats for a month are looking like before the month ends. Today is one of those days. And I notice that, for the month so far, Steve Almond's Pornography is not only in its accustomed spot atop the list of most viewed flashes on SmokeLong, it's having another berserk month, looking like it might actually register 2,000 hits for the month. So I got curious. I've wondered for some time now where all the hits are coming from, but haven't gone into the log files to find out. The log files, alas, are somewhat skimpy--they don't show what the referring link is, which is what I really want to know. But I still wanted to know physically where these links are coming from. Is there one person obsessed? Well, here's where they're coming from today:
02:02:47 Canada (Montreal)
02:58:17 United States (Live Oaks, FL)
03:13:40 Dominican Republic
05:29:59 Costa Rica
05:51:59 United States (Sunnyvale, CA)
07:43:53 United States (Redmond, WA)
08:41:16 United States (Dulles, VA)
08:47:57 Czech Republic
09:28:13 United States (Sunnyvale, CA)
10:59:51 Saudi Arabia
Okay, that's a half day's worth of data. Which leaves me even more bemused than I was before I began this exercise. How many of the people above are likely to be English speakers? Who are these people? Has Steve's piece somehow made it into an international (most likely German, based on the above) porn directory? I have no idea. But it makes me more curious than ever where our traffic is coming from. I'll have to see what resources I can tap to find what the referring pages are... stay tuned.