I love Zombies, Modern Philosophers!
I’m still having trouble comprehending it, but somehow, my blog has received close to 60,000 views today. That’s right…SIXTY THOUSAND!
The post I wrote last night about The Walking Dead filming a live episode in Maine has gone viral, and the numbers are out of control. The post itself has over 55,000 views as I type this.
For comparison, on a good day, my blog gets 700 hits. The Survivor: Maine post, which until today was the most popular article in this blog’s history, has had 55,000 views since I wrote it in January.
The Walking Dead post topped Survivor: Maine on its first day. How insane is that?
I had a hint it was going to be a special day when I woke up to discover the blog had over 1,000 hits. By time I left for work at 8AM, it was almost at 3,000. At 10:30, a couple of coworkers showed me that the blog post had been shared to their Facebook pages by friends. We checked the post, and it had over 6,000 shares on Facebook. At 11:00, it had over 7,000 Facebook shares.
At noon, The Girl Who Is My Biggest Fan emailed and texted a link to the article written about the post on the Bangor Daily News’ website. She is in a different time zone, but knew that the local paper had picked up the story.
Then I got word that it was being mentioned on the radio. I couldn’t believe it. The next time we checked the post, it had over 10,000 Facebook shares.
I don’t look at the blog while I’m at work, so when I arrived at The House on the Hill at 5:15, it was my first time checking the views since 8AM. I was stunned and immediately texted The Girl Who Loves Zombies Too.
48,852 views. According to the little graph at the top of the page, at some point this afternoon, the post received 7,061 hits in one hour. I had tons of emails, Facebook messages, blog comments, and tweets. The Portland newspaper had emailed to ask if the show was really going to film in Maine.
Let me go check the numbers right now…the article is about to break 57,000 views for the day and the blog is at 59,000. I also blew right past 250,000 hits since the blog’s inception one year ago. That’s a quarter of a million hits in just over a year!
Needless to say I am humbled by it all. Sure, there were some angry comments from people upset that it wasn’t real. The Bangor Daily News referred to my post as a hoax. One reader demanded I tell her what my beef is with Maine.
All I do is write a daily comedy blog. I want to make my regular followers laugh, attract new readers, and maybe land myself a paying writing job.
But nearly 60,000 views in one day? I am flabbergasted. I have no idea how this sort of thing happens. I was walking to Dunkin Donuts yesterday morning, thought about how The Walking Dead would on last night, and the idea for the post just popped into my head. That’s all is was. I’m walking, my thoughts drift, and a blog post starts to write itself.
So thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog today. I’m sorry if I disappointed some, so glad that I entertained others, and just hope you will stick around to enjoy more of the fun here.
I know that Maine doesn’t really have Zombies, but from where I’m sitting at The House on the Hill right now, Zombies are everywhere and they’re pretty darn cool.
57,240 views on the article now. It’s wild. Thank you!!!
How do you DO THAT!!???!!??!?
I just wrote the post. I didn’t do anything else. The readers are the ones who shared it. I am awed and thankful. Love my readers!
Wait a minute… I just realized… is THIS POST A HOAX?????
No, this one is real. The last one wasn’t a hoax, either. Wish people wouldn’t use that word. It was a satirical post, clearly not the truth, and it’s not my fault if people believe real Zombies live in Maine! 🙂
You my friend, never cease to make me smile. Congratulations!!! 🙂
I just write the posts, and people share it and make it go viral. I’m shocked!
Well, I’m proud of and for you…it’s very exciting!
It is fun to watch the numbers climb, to read all the comments, and to know that people are talking about something I wrote. It’s quite a nice rush. 🙂 Thank you!
Fantastic! Sorry some people are angry, but if they took time to read more of your posts, they would have figured out it was a story created from a talented mind and meant for entertainment!
Thank you, Granny! That’s all I’m trying to do…make people laugh. 🙂
Holy Shit! Congratulations. It must be so weird and wonderful. You are the modern day Orson Welles.
I just wish it would lead to some paying writing work. Thanks for the kind words! 🙂
I bet it will. You’re such a funny, smart writer. Have you tweeted the stars of the show? Or know if they know about it?
You could write for the Onion. I’m going to tweet them your story right now.
Thanks! I tried to apply for a job there, but their site said they weren’t hiring.
I was afraid to tweet it to The Walking Dead out of fear that it would anger them…
Always better to be proactive than reactive.
I will give it a shot. Just afraid they’d sue me or something. Did you really write to The Onion about it?
Yep. Included you on the tweet.
Being afraid of lawsuits SUCKS. Put a disclaimer on your post quick.
Thanks! If anything, the post brought the show more attention. Free advertising!
Exactly. They’ll love it.
That’s what I’m hoping. Maybe they’ll send me a tee shirt to thank me…
I do an occasional series on Tweets from Dorothy Parker (if you consider three posts a series) and worry I’ll get sued by her estate.
You and I both may have to do “homage control.”
Dorothy Parker rocked. If she were still alive, she’d be blogging and tweeting. My post doesn’t disparage the show. If anything, it showed how popular and beloved it is. Go bloggers! 🙂
She would put all our tweets to shame.
And I think they’ll get a kick out of it. Have you seen the Zombie/Gun magazine put out by Guns & Ammo? No wonder people have a hard time understanding satire.
Satire is like sarcasm. They both begin with S and most people can’t detect either. 🙂
Thanks, Susie. It was just a regular Sunday post…that turned into a monster!!! 😉
Yes, the post became a monster, with lots of zombie friends who reposted.
Many brains were eaten on the internet today. Zombie Monday! 🙂
I used to have brains, but after a few rounds of candy crush after work, I am completely safe from zombies.
Phew! Good to know! 🙂
Yeah, I have no fighting skills, but I had to protect myself from the zombie hordes I keep hearing about.
Better safe than sorry!
I’ll just be hiding in a closet somewhere making funny sounds by waggling my finger in front of my blubbering lips, hoping the zombies will think I’d already been drained.
Good try, but I don’t know…
I could remove my glasses, appearing more unaware and unfocussed, and maybe also dribble some sauce on the front of my shirt, tuck one pant leg in and leave the other out. Hang out with other mindless victims… (give me some hope, man, please)
Yeah. You’re probably implying that I need to get more sleep. I agree.
I guess I lost what you were trying to say. So many comments to answer so I lose my place at times. Sorry.
No problem. Congrats on the response to your blog. Your writing is entertaining. Catch you later.
I wonder how many of those 57000 readers were zombies.
Based on some of the comments, I’d say at least a rotting handful… 😉
They tried to eat your brains for some innocent article, didn’t they? 🙂
Yes, they did. Sadness envelops me now…
I want some of whatever they are smoking when they read your posts and think they’re real. 😀
Ha! I just did a radio interview about it. The DJs discussed how there were some obvious clues… 🙂
Ha ha. I love it. Getting so many views is fantastic but for so many of them not to “get it” is brilliant, That fact alone is very in keeping with your blog. Well done you I’m delighted for you.
Thanks. I just did a radio interview with a station in Augusta. They got the joke and loved the article. What fun! 🙂
You’re welcome. 🙂
My wife and her friends went nuts over it, thinking it was true.
I think 50,000 of those hits must have come from her and her friends!
Way to go, My Man!
Hey, do you get 92 Moose on the radio down your way? I just did a phone interview with their morning show. 🙂
My wife and kids listen to 92 Moose all the time!
You’re famous! Or is that Fa-moose?
A little of both! Did you catch my radio interview? I retweeted it and it’s on my Facebook page. 🙂
Listen live to 92 Moose on the internet: http://92moose.fm/listen-live/
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And they put me on the radio this morning. That was a hoot!
Wow, cool bananas! :0)
It was very cool…
That’s astounding, Congratulations!
Thank you. I don’t know where I get this crazy imagination of mine. I bet my Evil Step Mother takes all the credit, though!
Not to mention evil twins.
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That number is unbelievable, and then completely believable. Kind of like real life zombies. Congratulations on the post’s success.
Thank you, friend. 🙂
Awesome. Perhaps I’ll add more zombies to my blog –
Please steer your hoards of zombie lovers to my zombified math ibook for kids (2nd/3rd grade):
So far, I think I’ve only sold one (to my wife).
I look forward to reading more of your blog.
Good luck with the math book! 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS! Every bloggers dream come true! Bet you can’t wipe that smile off your face
I just write and hope people read it. I’m glad this post found an audience.