Since blogger provides handy stats about views and usage, I've naturally been curious enough for several months to see who's viewing my site and what they're looking at. In general, Google image searches which are (presumably) completely unrelated to the content of my blog make up by a huge margin what brings people here. For a long time, an older picture related to Star Wars had such a lead that it was well in front of all over posts in terms of views.
For the last couple of months, a post I made about megafauna in DARK•HERITAGE has been slowly creeping its way forward through the ranks. It had a picture of a black lion in it, and GIS for "black lion" was driving traffic towards the blog. I figured that on the trajectory that it was, I would eventually have it move into first place probably by the end of the summer.
And then, suddenly, this last weekend there was a massive spike in searches. Literally thousands of hits on that post, so that not only did it jump to first place, it's already at nearly double what second place--the former first place--post has.
Why is there suddenly this massive surge in searches for images of black lions? And why did I put gratuitous images of more black lions in this post?
Well, that latter question is easy enough to answer...