The first month of 2013 saw Consider The Sauce receive 16,580 page views – the highest ever, as illustrated by the above bar graph, which charts our history since the modest opening total of 91 in August, 2010.
Oddly enough, the last two days of January saw figures only matched for lowness in the past year or so by the likes of Christmas Day and Good Friday.
This trend looks like continuing, in the short term at least, and for once I am declining to fret.
I know well enough by now that the internet is a weird place.
And that Google, search engines in general, algorithms, weather patterns and a whole lot more can have effects that defy explanation by even the most savvy SEO “experts”.
None of it lessens at all the pleasure CTS continues to provide people and the satisfaction we continue to derive in delivering it.
Of course, 16,000+ page views represents far fewer actual visitors.
Some people visit our site for just a quick read of a single post.
Others, perhaps finding Consider The Sauce for the first time, can and do spend hours going through hundreds of posts – often in the course of a single visit.
Nevertheless, we can truly say we deeply appreciate every visit and every comment left.
On a different note, it’s been a while but CTS has received another invitation to be provided a complementary meal in return for having us write about the experience.
In this case, it involves another of the trucks that are these days hitting the west big time and also involves what is pretty much Bennie’s favourite food genre.
Kudos in this case to those doing the inviting for getting the spelling of my son’s name correct.
Such is not often the case.
Maybe that should be our criteria for deciding whether to respond positively to such approaches.
In the meantime, like many other bloggers I continue to mull over the pros and cons of accepting such arrangements.
On the one hand, who doesn’t like copping a “free” feed every now and then?
On the other, for what is really a very small outlay the business owners concerned, providing the food is good and CTS story is positive, get coverage that is read by hundreds and eventually thousands of the very people who are likely to be most interested in their wares.
Not bad going for, say, $30 at the most.