Forgive me if you find bloggers trumpeting their traffic numbers to be painfully boring. Truth be told, sometimes I find them boring too. However, I hope you’ll indulge me just this once, given that regular readers know how rarely I do posts dedicated to discussing my traffic. (Just remember that blogging is an exercise in ego gratification, anyway.) It’s just that March and April have been the best two months ever in terms of traffic on this blog, and I can’t resist taking a moment to post about it. Just take a look:
In March, there were 128,996 visits to Respectful Insolence, and in April there were 141,614 visits. That’s well over a quarter of a million visits in just two months and shatters the previous record traffic month in July 2007. I have to admit that I’m utterly floored. True, it may not be much compared to a certain other ScienceBlogger here, who happens to generate more than ten times my traffic, but to me it’s huge.
Of course, if there’s one thing I’ve noticed over the last three years, it’s that peaks in traffic tend to be followed by troughs and that usually those troughs are followed by a slow climb over several months back to previous heights. Indeed, I would be very surprised if traffic equals either of these two months in May.
But, hey, surprise me.
In the meantime, since it’s Sunday I think I’ll just chill out and enjoy the glow during the brief time that it lasts. After three years, I still remained utterly blown away by the realization that so many people actually like my logorrheic ramblings here.
Reality will hit on Monday soon enough.