I noticed yesterday a sharp spike in the statistics of those who came to this blog, about ten times the normal daily traffic. I initially idly wondered if the counter had developed a glitch but I then received a Facebook posting from a former student that said that one of my posts had made the front page of Reddit, which explained it. The post in question was this one.
It is still a bit of a puzzle to me why this particular post generated such interest. It is not a bad one but not one of the more controversial or provocative ones that I have written or one that generated a lot of comments.
But since I started blogging, I discovered that I am a very poor judge of what others find interesting and have never tried to ‘gauge the market’ (so to speak) and tailor my posts accordingly. I just write about what interests me on the assumption that over time there will develop a community of people with broadly similar interests who will be interested in the same things as I am.
That approach has seemed to work pretty well.