After a wait of five and a half years, the fabled eleventh issue of my roleplaying humour webzine Critical Miss has arrived.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that at the end of July, my Campaign For Real Monopoly article from issue 10 of Critical Miss went viral, being read by something like 40,000 people in just a few days. In total, it was viewed 75,015 times during the month of July.
I don’t know quite where it started from. I think a lot of people found out about it from this post in Ezra Klein’s Washington Post blog:
That wasn’t the first mention of it though. It was mentioned by various people on Twitter, but the oldest mention I found was this one on a computer gaming forum called NeoGAF. And the most recent was probably this one on Inside Gaming (found via Josh Wein on the Critical Miss Facebook page).
I’ve just checked out the server logs today, and it seems that while things have quietened down quite a bit, there is still a good trickle of people coming in: in August, that one article’s had 15,646 views. To put that in context, in June, the highest rating article was one about “Semi-Sentient Bipedal Pack Animals” with 310 views, with the entire site itself getting 2073 unique visitors (which is itself not bad considering that the site hasn’t been updated for more than five years).
I don’t think this article going viral’s likely to make much difference to me in the long term. Most people coming to read it will be coming simply to read an article someone’s linked to. They’ll probably not even notice the site it’s on, let alone who wrote it. (Although if anyone is reading this having found me via this article, I’d love it if you could let me know).
So what does it look like when a post goes viral? Well a bit like this: