I've been blogging for a number of years now. While it is good to carve out a portion of the wild, wild web for myself, I knew I was scribbling away quietly off in a corner.
I'm still off in a corner, and still scribbling quietly. But for a larger audience, for which I am very grateful.
The reason for the additional traffic is #fridayflash, a combination of the reach of Twitter and the imagination of J. M. Strother (http://www.jmstrother.com).
Jon's thought was to have a number of people write a flash piece (1,000 words or fewer) each week, post them, each to his or her own blog, and tweet the fact - including URL and the tag, #fridayflash. Re-tweeting extends the news of a new story beyond the range of an individual's own followers.
The traffic information shows the impact. The first couple of weeks attracted 20-odd visitors, no mean increment over the usual traffic to my blog.
The last two weeks. Well, they are quite different.
Many thanks to Jon and all the visitors and readers who wander over to my corner (including the occupant of a not-park-bench).
I appreciate the company.