Friday, August 17, 2012

Stretching our imagination

The Salmon Thang is really going wild.  It's stretching our imaginations.  We just topped 500 page views for a single day--this on the heels of two straight days of 400+ page views.  We cleared 8300 page views a few minutes ago.  Meanwhile, our Google Search ranking briefly ticked up to Number 9 before settling back in at Number 10.  It's really off the charts and actually off the wall, too.

Obviously, we're having to write stuff that people want to read.  However, it's kind of spooky that so many people want to read what we are writing.  We don't really know what to think about it.  That's why it's stretching our imagination.

All we can do is keep on doing whatever it is that we are doing.  We know, of course, that "they" are coming to read about the Halstead Fire.  That article alone now has way more than 1000 page views all by its lonesome self.  We've even received some plaintive comments to keep giving updates.  We've looked and looked high and low and we know there's simply no place else where you can find the type of coverage we're showering on the Halstead Fire.  Frankly, I've never seen coverage of a forest fire like the way we are doing it.

Not that it's overly creative or anything.  We're just using lots of maps and illustrations and adding in whatever accessory data we can find. Pretty basic stuff.  But people can't seem to get their fill of this sort of stuff and they keep hitting the article in waves and waves of visitation.  I guess they are starved for information because the mainstream media really is just rehashing what their peer group newspapers and electronic media have to say.

It's really kind of spooky to think that many readers are out there hanging on whatever words fall off this QWERTY keyboard.  Very strange indeed.

Well there you have the latest report on our Salmon Thang.  At the rate we are going, we might crack 9,000 tomorrow but certainly no later than Sunday.  That's when coverage and page views will fall off because we're heading north at 5 am Sunday to Heather's Place at The Dream Ranch on the smoke-filled East Fork.

In the meantime, we're going to enjoy having our imaginations stretch and sit back and enjoy the ride.

Many Cheers, jp

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