Every Thursday I get an e-mail saying how many people have been reading Just Up The Pike in the past week. This morning, I woke up to discover that pages on the blog have been viewed 23,000 times since last Thursday. That may not be a lot to some people, but it's a lot to me. To compare, we get between 25,000 and 30,000 pageviews each month; in July 2009, there were nearly 49,000 pageviews.
How did this happen? I thought. So I checked Google Analytics to see where our traffic comes from. Most JUTP readers who click over here from other sites do so from Silver Spring, Singular or Greater Greater Washington, leading me to assume that we are just part of your daily balanced blogging diet. This week, however, people are coming from another site called Girls with Slingshots.
I hesitated before clicking on it myself, but don't worry. It's just a webcomic written by Danielle Corsetto, a self-described "filthy filthy hippie" who lives in West Virginia and grew up in Frederick. And last Thursday, she ran a comic about Jimmie Cone and even linked to the post I wrote about it in July 2009:
"After little league games, you’d find every member of every team huddled up under the rickety green roof of the Jimmie Cone in Damascus, Maryland. It was the closest you could get to having a local pub setting for elementary school and junior high kids. Which is funny, since Damascus is a dry town."
Over the next two days, Girls with Slingshots sent over 15,000 people to JUTP, one of whom is the co-owner of Charmington's, a coffee shop in Baltimore I mentioned in a post last week. Small world, right?
Then I looked at what the top ten most-read posts at JUTP are. The results surprised me, and they'll surprise you too:
1) jimmie cone: a small urban space in the suburbs Jul 30, 2009
2) crowds and skaters already filling veterans plaza Jul 12, 2010
3) skaters discuss woodside skate spot, need for more places to go Aug 11, 2010
4) google maps introduces new skateboarding directions Apr 1, 2011
5) rodriguez defends skateboarding ban in veterans plaza Jul 29, 2010
6) ode to a stolen bike Oct 12, 2010
7) don't let fifteen bad apples spoil the bunch Jul 13, 2010
8) why wheaton will never be the next bethesda Dec 10, 2010
10) neighbors opposing chelsea school townhouses in the wrong fight Feb 8, 2011
Not everyone thinks skateboarding is important, but it seems many people who read this blog think differently. Or I write a lot about kids and skateboarding and the sample's skewed.
Either way, I never got to go to Jimmie Cone this summer. Lame.