Just wanted to take a second to thank all of you who shared yesterday’s post through social media, specifically on your Facebook pages. My decision to share an anonymous NPS employee’s response to some of the most irresponsible accusations re: park closings clearly resonated with many people. I can state unequivocally that yesterday’s post is now the most popular entry ever posted on this blog, which has been running for close to eight years.
Popularity can be measured in any number of ways. Some look for comments, which I think is a big mistake. Yes, it looks good to new readers to know that others are taking an interest, but most comments are written by the same small group of people. If it’s a controversial post than those threads tend to go on for a bit longer, but they still revolve around the same core group.
I look at the share numbers at the end of the posts. I’ve had a few over the years that have racked up a some decent numbers for a history blog, especially the Facebook Like/Share count. For me a popular post might earn 50 fb shares and up; a few have garnered around 200.
But yesterday was markedly different. Within the first hour, the post hit 100 shares and from there it was off to the races. The sharing continued through the afternoon and that translated into an impressive number of visitors. At one point in the afternoon I had around 750 people reading the blog. As it stands the post has received close to 1,400 fb shares and that continues to bring in a large number of readers close to 36 hours later.
I couldn’t be happier that it happened with this particular post. Once again, thanks to everyone in the National Park Service for all that they do for this country. Hope you and all federal employees can soon return to your jobs.