I purposely feature somewhat obscure sites on the Twelve Mile Circle and my visitors tend to fall into two categories: those who consider themselves connoisseurs of geo-oddities; and those who drop onto the site a single time randomly because a search engine told them they should come here.
I’ve become pretty adept at watching the news cycles and predicting visitor surges that will wash across my site like the ring produced by a proverbial stone thrown into a pond. It’s a fun game and I enjoy it. I’ll even make little mental bets with myself. I’ve also learned to spot trending pages in near real-time and tracking them back to their sources, either because of an event outside of my cultural range or a link from a major website. I pour over the visitor statistics like an obsessed baseball fan.
That’s why I’m a bit surprised that I received only seven visitors on my Vinalhaven Ferry and Island page yesterday.
Vinalhaven is a small island located off the coast of southeastern Maine with about 1,200 residents, mostly lobstermen and their families. I was lucky enough to visit during the summer of 2009.
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But Mr. TMC, one might argue, Vinalhaven is in the news right now solely because its residents are being infected in disproportionate numbers with MRSA, the flesh-eating bacteria! Who would want to visit this place while a dangerous pathogen is on the loose? Isn’t that a bit unrealistic? To that I would counter: that hasn’t stopped anyone from visiting my Plum Island page (one of my more popular lately, actually) and that place is infected with anthrax!
I demonstrate to myself, yet again, that I’m out of step with the collective wisdom of the public. Maybe that’s why the Twelve Mile Circle will never be more than a small niche publication. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation.