An Insider’s Look at a Viral Blog Post: 220,000 Visitors and a TV Appearance
220,000 visitors to one page. That’s what I saw after just three weeks. And thousands more continue to pour in every day.
I’ve had my site mentioned on big sites before and gotten a lovely spike of traffic, and I’ve had certain posts go viral on one particular social networking site, but both of them are dwarfed by recent events. Let me tell you all about it!
On their birthdays, lots of bloggers have the idea to share x things they’ve learned, where x is the number of years old they have become. I was feeling reflective, so I wrote up that post myself, but they weren’t just things I’ve learned, they were life lessons. As well as this I didn’t actually learn them in 29 years, but in the last 8 years that I’ve been on the road as a nomad. So I wrote:
29 life lessons learned in travelling the world for 8 years straight
Some of my posts take days to write, but this one took one afternoon because I had already been reflecting for several days and knew what I wanted to write. I submitted it, got some very positive initial feedback in the comments and didn’t think much more would come of it.
And then this happened: