I just went online and – as always – checked my sites for stats and new comments (replies coming tonight) and found that my stats had literally exploded over night. This site has already twice as many views at midday as it got total views on its busiest day so far. And for some reason, 5/6 of those views went to this post from January 31. The remaining 1/6 is here for the plagiarism posts, two or three came for the Game of Thrones posts.
So why would a post that is more than five months old suddenly explode in popularity? What is more, it was never a popular post and got only a handful of views each month. So what is going on here?
There were a few Twitter, Facebook and even Reddit referrals, but most of the visitors arrived via Google and searchterms such as “Strunk White sex” and variations thereof. Now the post, although entitled Strunk, White and Sex is not actually about Strunk/White slash at all. Never mind that I wouldn’t have pegged Strunk/White for a popular pairing in real person slash, though you never know. Still, why would more than 200 people google “Strunk White sex” and variations thereof today of all days?
So I decided to google “Strunk White sex” myself and the top result was today’s xkcd comic which is about – you guessed it – Strunk/White erotic fanfiction. And considering how popular xkcd is, I suppose a lot of people suddenly started googling for Strunk/White slash. My post is search result No. 4 by the way.
There, mystery solved.