The last month was not a typical one for Yee Olde Blogge. One quiet Friday evening I noticed that 2 hours had brought over 2000 visitors to my humble doorstep. This was, well... unusual. And they were all going to my blog entry "The Birds".
Up until a month ago a busy day on this blog meant I had over 10 visitors. I get eye balls from all over the world, frequently coming in from Google searches. Usually people are looking for technical information and stumble across one of my tech related blog entries. Sometimes they are using birding related keywords in their searches.
Took me a while to figure out what was going on that night - the hits just kept coming in, faster and faster. Most everyone was clicking through to my blog from the Google Video hosted copy of my Starlings video.
Suddenly it occurred to me... hmm, maybe I got Dug? I jumped over to digg.com - holy smokes, there I was on the freaking home page!!!
Things did not stop there... the craziness continued as more sites and blogs picked up my video.
I got Farked:
I got Ebaumed and "Scharfed" - Der Speigel's online TV show (imagine a Rocketboom in German, brunette instead of blonde) covered the video in their show. My favorite part - hearing her say my name in the middle of a bunch of Germanic syllables..
I started getting visitors and links from all around the world! This was crazy!
Next I was Googled. In fact I was more than just Googled - the video jumped onto the Google Top 100, and for almost a week was in the top 4, peaking for a few days as number TWO:
Um, I guess it was a Paris/Fraser/Chakira sandwich. Or something.
Then even stranger things started to happen. My OTHER videos started showing up, some on the home page of Google Video. I visit Google one day, and there is my humming bird video, right next to "Girl Caught Cheating" and Farting Preacher!
And finally, the pent-ultimate honor - I got RocketBoomed!!! Yea!!!
Wow, that means my video is on Tivo too!
Numerous other aggregators, many of them in countries far away from humble Collegeville, were linking to Yee Olde Blogge. Many way too weird and/or not family-friendly for me to link to from this here island of puritanical values.
What could top this all of? What could be bigger?
Just when I thought things had settled down... My video is on the freaking home page of Yahoo.com!!!
In one day the video was viewed over 300,000 times on yahoo.com alone... soon to pass half a million!
So what's the final damage? At the least, the video has been viewed well over a MILLION times in the last month for sure. Unfortunately I don't know how many times it was viewed through channels and sites that "syndicated" it, or out and out "re-purposed" it. (Never thought I would need to slap a copyright on my videos!) For example, I have no idea how many folks viewed it via rocketboom.com directly.
Think about The Long Tail, consumer generated content, and how the heck traditional media companies are going to survive in this crazy new world.
NOW who's your mainstream media daddy? WE ARE!