No no. I mean, yes, this blog does look dead, but it’s not a time for an obituary yet. Stranger things have happened. And in these times, when hope has defeated the mean machine (if you go by what’s being said), one must hope. So what exactly am I talking about? I’ll get there rightaway.
Last few days, although I haven’t been active on my blog in the sense that I’m not blogging (which is, about the only activity that counts, but), I still have been religiously following one thing: the blog stats. Oh, what a wonderful thing the wordpress.com blog stats is. It’s addictive, almost. So additive, that you forget that you enrolled into wordpress to BLOG! But then, blogging takes time. Checking blog stats, hardly so. And so, here is a curious thing I found yesterday/today:
My blog views had jumped (from the staple fifty per day) yesterday to around 200. That’s almost a record when I’ve not written anything in days forget weeks like now. Even today, with just half a day gone (from the stats module’s perspective), it’s going strong — well above the the maximum over last many days. See the graph (evidence matters, I’ve been told):
There! That’s the culprit. Obituary, a poem I wrote long back, was commented by Sunil, where he talked about an excellent poem by the same name by A K Ramanujan (comment is here). And since then, Obituary has got me a lots and lots of hits (almost 2000, which is very modest, I know — but at the levels that this blog is used to seeing, that’s huge).
And the winner is, again, obituary.
That made me ponder: is it prophetic? Well I don’t believe in all such humbug ;-). So I considered another explanation. Has it anything to do with the obituary (even if premature one) of an almost famous political career that almost ended yesterday?
Sigh! Occam’s razor cuts that one too, besides its (thank god for that) inability explain the connection between the C word and A K R.
What then? It’s the page rank stupid! The entry has climbed to 5th position in Google rank for “A K Ramanujan Obituary”. Phew! This blog needs a punarjanam.