Tapping Into The Collective Rage
I’ve been watching my WordPress Dashboard for some time now with great interest like the good Type-5A obsessive that I am. While all of the usual statistics are there to scratch my “check on that” itch, I noticed a recurring thing a few months ago with some mild interest.
This may have been going on for some time, or not. I’m not sure. I had that whole Afghanistan thing going on to keep me distracted for some time, so I may have neglected this entirely. Anything is possible. However, once I noticed this I started watching and now after some weeks I’m certain. I’ve tapped into some kind of collective rage.
I’ve always gotten a laugh out of the search terms that bring people to my blog. For a while, I used it as blog material. My recent discovery stems from me reading the same search term for weeks on end: birthdays suck. I then noticed that a post I did about why I find my birthday so distasteful was getting between two and five hits per day. Each week, my statistics pane on the Dashboard informed me that I’d racked up about thirty additional page hits for that piece.
The detailed stats page confirmed it. Eliminating my home page and the ‘About’ page hits, my “Why Birthdays Suck” is second only to my Freshly Pressed effort, but outstrips the next highest post by about 900 hits. That one is about procrastination, so I’m guessing people search for that but elect to read it later.
Anyway, all of this made me wonder, because I am a curious ape who has nobody in a yellow hat to explain things to him. Have I discovered a hidden undercurrent of society? Is the Hallmark Card Company secretly forcing Americans into bouts of forced happiness and celebration? Are that many other people as perturbed about the inane marking of time through their lives? Do I have overly-celebratory relatives? Is this only an expression of people who are displeased with the gifts they received?
I don’t have answers to these questions, and I’m probably underequipped in brain capacity to nug out anything coherent. For now, I suppose this will remain the tantalizing mystery that it is now. In the meantime, I’ll watch my statistics.