Blog Notes: Well, a bit of a mystery that maybe the Brain Trust can help solve...last Tuesday we set a new one-day record for number of visitors to the site, at 36,418. But it was a "spike"—meaning, a temporary uptick in readership because of a mention or a link from a bigger site. By Thursday, we were back down to our normal levels again. Trouble is, I don't know where all the extra people came from on Tuesday and Wednesday. I didn't discover the spike until later. Anybody have any idea? I'd like to know. (I'd like to thank that spiker.) I'm hoping some of those who were spikees might be be reading this. Signed, Mike the spiked.
Right. I'll stop.
I'm so tempted to try to get by with Elements 6. Ctein neglected to mention that it even accepts many plug-ins. Still, I have a feeling that I still need to spring for CS3. Why do I always have the feeling that I owe Adobe money?
And another thing—anybody know anything about website optimization? O'Reilly has a new book on the subject coming out in July. Maybe I should just wait. I just have a feeling it's a subject I should learn more about, however.
I'm not saying I'm suffering from GAS, but lately I find myself idly surfing the web looking at DP1 shots. I'm sure it's just suggestibility, but they do seem to have a very nice quality to them. Check out this nice stitched pano. Kewl.
ADDENDA: Remember Jeff Mermelstein? In the "Walkabout" post, I meant to point out this nice find at Daedalus. It's called No Title Here. A nice book if you like Jeff's life-on-the-fly style of photography.
UPDATE: It now appears that maybe we didn't set a traffic record last week after all. I use three counters for the site, and normally I don't check them all because normally they all agree pretty well. But when I checked the secondary counters this morning, lo and behold—no spike for last Tuesday. Just normal traffic. (So what's normal traffic? We average about 15k page views on this page every weekday, and about 6k people read from feeds.)
So it now appears that the spike was a phantom. No wonder I couldn't figure out where the people were coming from! I suspect what happened was that, because of some bug in the counter service on that one counter, every visitor for Tuesday and Wednesday last week mistakenly got counted twice.
Anyway, on that score, in the immortal words of Roseanne Rosannadanna*: "Never mind." —MJ
*No. It was Emily Litella, as Paul de Zan pointed out in the comments.