BBC buzz likes me

22 Sep

I don’t worry a great deal about the number of visitors my blog gets, I don’t go out of my way to market the blog, but I do keep an eye on my stats, just to make sure that people are still reading my blog and I am not wasting my time.

Last year I encountered an increase in visitors when Who Do You Think You Are? was being broadcast on BBC One last year, and this year was much the same. When I wrote about each episode my number of visitors jumped. I haven’t done the maths, but I would say the number of visitors probably doubled, which for my little blog is not a huge number, but still quite pleasing.

I certainly wasn’t expecting what happened yesterday, which turned out to be the best day ever for the number of visitors to my blog. I knew something was up when I checked my stats in the morning and saw that the number of visitors before about 7.30am was more than the usual pre-WDYTYA? daily totals. The numbers continued to rise throughout they day, and as you can see from the graph below the total ended around four or five times the average.

Stats graph

The reason for this was BBC buzz, which had automatically found my blog posts about WDYTYA? and was displaying links to them alongside the programme information on the BBC website. It appears to be a new feature, and it apparently likes my blog posts.

If I was a professional blogger I would have done something to take advantage of all this new traffic, and I might have done if I wasn’t at work, but it has been a real eye-opener, and makes me think about what I could achieve in terms of visitors if I really put my mind to it.

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4 Responses to “BBC buzz likes me”

  1. msargena September 23, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Good for you John …. your blog is a worthy read and deserves the attention it has received. Even if I didn’t have a family tree connection I would find your posts interesting, informative and full of lots of little hints and tips to help people with their research. Long may it continue.

    • John Gasson September 23, 2010 at 7:58 am #

      Thanks Mark, glad you are still finding my posts useful and interesting!

  2. Alex September 23, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    Congratulations, you media star, you! I’m sure everyone who found their way here found your posts both interesting and entertaining.

    • John Gasson September 23, 2010 at 7:57 am #

      Thanks Alex, my five minutes of fame seem to have passed now, so I can slip back into relative obscurity again!

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