A few minutes ago, the hit counter here on the blog tipped over into seven digits for the month of April. This is the first time where page views on the blog have exceeded a million in a single month or, indeed, have ever come close to doing so.
Up until the start of this year, the highest monthly total was the long-standing one of 663k set back in July 2019 (just a shade over last September’s monthly total). February this year finally saw that topped, with a new monthly high of 824k set. That, in turn, was exceeded last month when hits reached 837k for the month. This month traffic has jumped again, this time over the one million mark.
This means too, of course, that the annual hit count is set to smash last year’s high of 3.9m. Already, with just four months of the year not quite over, the annual count stands at 3.3m. I’ve no idea where 2022 will end up but it’ll certainly be over 4m, maybe 5m or even higher.
Last Sunday, by the way, also saw a new daily high reached. I thought for a time that this might burst through the 100,000 mark but it stopped just shy of that, at 98,089.
Sunday was a wild day in many respects and a considerable part of the day for me was devoted not just to what was occurring on-field but also to what was happening online. I tried to paint a picture of that in a piece I wrote for this week’s Mayo News – here – in which I hope I gave a fair-minded flavour of the debate that took place on the blog in the aftermath of the match at MacHale Park.
And, of course, it’s that debate and that interaction, combined with the return of a proper inter-county season post-Covid, that’s behind this surge in traffic volumes to the blog this year. Without all of you reading what’s posted here, voting in the polls, searching the results archive, listening to the podcasts and engaging in debate, this place would be nothing.
You’ve made it what it is and, for that, thanks a million to all of you.