As a double Capricorn (and bookkeeper) I love statistics. Every day I do a quick check on the various online statistics my websites (static and dynamic sites) have generated the day before, like Statcounter, Feedburner, Technorati and MyBlogLog.
Mostly the stats behave normally - showing an nice average that is slowly growing. This morning however I had to blink my eyes when checking the Feedburner stats:
Now, look at the image left: 187 subscribed readers yesterday!
That's a hefty increase - in 1 day - of around 235%. Of course I like to think it's down to my excellent writing, captivation stories and inspiring revelations on the Keep It simple Sweetheart, specially in business principle - but I'm not kidding myself.
True to my 'character' as double Capricorn and bookkeeper I'm investigating. The Statcounter stats of yesterday showed 21 unique visitors to this blog, the Feedburner stat on yesterdays outgoing links didn't show over 110 clicks on any of the 'Subscribe to Reader' links embedded on this blog (see right hand column and feel free to click!). And nor does the Top10 outgoing links on MyBlogLog Stats.
So a 'freak of nature'? A Feedburner glitch? IMHO: definitely. But very nice for posterity ;-)
Sure it will be back to 'normal' tomorrow. And very happy with the steady growing number of the last weeks, might even reach the 187 in 2 years time. I'll keep you all posted in the future.
Update 18.01.08: Feed Subscribers per 17.01.08 = 627. Apparently FeedBlitz went from 4 this Tuesday to 106 Wednesday to a massive 549 yesterday.
Feedblitz is on to it, reading their news: "FeedBlitz metrics - stats spike"
"A bug that caused circulation data to get out of sync with the poller has been found and fixed. Metrics for today (Thursday 17th) may well be off, but should be all straightened out from now on. In other words, Friday's metrics will be what you expect."