May 13, 2004


I've been watching my site meter this evening with puzzlement. There are an unusually high number of hits coming in on the "We Wait" post below. High for this site, at least - over 100 an hour.

I checked to see if it had been Instalanched, I've checked Technorati. No clues. I had linked it to a Wizbang page, where it shares space with many, many other trackbacks, and it was trackbacked by only two sites. One of them Backcountry Conservative. Jeff Quinton mentions the traffic the link is generating - out of curiousity I clicked his site meter. He's had 29,475 visitors in the past hour.


update - Check the trackbacks. A lot of people are having tsunamis. Glenn Reynolds had 200,000 page views yesterday.

another update - the dead tree folks are hearing from them, too.

And Jeff Jarvis weighs in.

Wizbang has been hosting the video, and providing links to other sites that are doing the same. (The original Arab site was pulled down) - he's reporting " 237,000 visitors today, and the day is only half over".

If anyone has hosting space that can help share the load, he's asking for help. Some of these bloggers are going to get hit with very high hosting fees this month.

Posted by Kate at May 13, 2004 2:29 AM

Nick Berg traffic surge for some bloggers from Ramblings' Journal
Some bloggers are experiencing traffic surges, thanks to the continued uproar (in the blogosphere, at least) over the cold-blooded murder of American Nick Berg by terrorists in Iraq.Iíve never seen anything like the deluge thatís hit from the Nick Berg... [Read More]

Tracked on January 8, 2005 10:40 PM


The mention of "Nick Berg having his head sawed off" must account for it.

Your Sitemeter doesn't show referrals, at least not publicly. If that's your choice, fine. If not, there's a setting on your Sitemeter account, "Privacy levels" or something like that.

Posted by: The Commissar at May 13, 2004 9:44 AM

I you ever learn what it was, please bottle it and send it to me.

Posted by: Gilly at May 13, 2004 11:24 AM

People from around the world want to see the video and the blogsphere has become the alternate media.

Posted by: Jane at May 14, 2004 2:02 PM

Amen to that. And talk radio needs to be given their due, as well. Locally, radio hosts like John Gormley and Murray Wood have been pointing people to the blogosphere, and internet in general, urging them to get past the TV and mainstream feeds.

Posted by: Kate at May 14, 2004 4:38 PM