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Today I bring you a little “behind the scenes at House of Prince” story.
On Sunday after I posted my hack tutorial “What Is Twitter?” below, I tweeted it a few times and threw it up on my Facebook page. Other people liked it and re-tweeted, and they told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on. All of that was super cool and I appreciated the re-tweets and the emails.
Monday afternoon when I came back to my desk after lunch I refreshed my blog stats page and I thought something was wrong. It looked like a lot of people had visited my blog all at the same time. Normally I get about one every ten minutes because my average daily visit count has been less than 100, so this looked odd to me. I clicked on “view by referrals” which shows me where the visitors were coming from, and I saw many lines of this: “http://twitter.com/neilhimself” – and then it dawned on me.
Lots of people did come to my blog at the same time. As in, hundreds of them.
average per day to the “last hour” number. Cue hysteria.)
Here’s what happened: author Neil Gaiman (who wrote, among many other things, “Coraline” which became a recent movie, for which my previous company produced the behind the scenes footage and most of the bonus features on the upcoming DVD) got wind of my post, liked it, and tweeted the link. He has over 125,000 followers. Very many of them clicked on the link and/or re-tweeted as well.
For this marginally-popular-in-my-own-mind mommyblogger, such huge traffic is a very big deal, indeed. On top of that, the fact that an author, whose work I love and whose blog I absolutely dig, read my post and liked it is sort of mind-boggling to me. It hardly seemed real, until Mr. Gaiman actually followed me on Twitter and replied to my direct message of thanks: