Last week, I posted a silly story about how Survivor was secretly filming its new season in Maine, but the weather was too harsh, so all the “survivors” tried to quit. I thought it was a fun post and The Girl Who Is My Sounding Board giggled when I told her about it. Clearly, it was a work of fiction, though, as it talked about Zombies, Ghosts, and ski jumping into the Atlantic Ocean being part of the show.
Last night, I was checking my stats and noticed that the Survivor post had received 250 views during the day. That was very odd given that I’d written it last week. I checked a little later and it was at 325. Then 400. I also noticed that it had gotten reposted on Facebook over 400 times.
As non-bloggers commented on the post, I asked them how they’d come to find it. They said they’d had it sent to them by a friend, and they then passed it along to more friends. Almost all of them were from Maine.
Best of all…a large portion of them believed the post was real!
I woke up this morning to find out it had gotten almost 1000 views last night and already had 250 at 6:30. By time I left for work at 8:00, it had over 400 views.
I checked the site at lunch, and the Survivor post had over 1,000 views and there were many comments by readers hoping it was real. There was also an email from a reporter from one of the newspapers in Portland. He wrote that he’d seen the post on Facebook and needed me to call him ASAP to let him know if it was real.
Are you kidding me?
As I type this, the post has had over 6,600 views today and has been posted on over 2,000 Facebook pages. I learned that a DJ from the local rock station had it on his Facebook page, so I wrote to him and we chatted for a bit. It was also on the page of a local restaurant chain and the fan page for a Maine County.
Crazy stuff. This is why I love Maine. What a nice little bit of pre-Valentine’s Day love from Facebook.
This blogging thing is a lot of fun. I think I’ll keep doing it for a bit…
UPDATE: It’s Valentine’s Day and my favorite Maine DJ, Mike Dow, just talked about the blog post on his morning show. How cool is that? Thanks, Mike! Thanks, Big 104!