When Sandy Met Fugazi

Tidal waves – of pageviews

When you write a website about music that, in terms of commercial units, often sells in the low three figures, there are better things you might do with your time than look at pageviews. Still, sometimes above-average occurrences are worth a look at. This is the chart of pageviews of this site in the past 30 days. Clearly, it is consistent with the exception of two instances:

The peak labeled “Sandy” correlates with appearance on this site of a post collecting, the morning after superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, various field recordings of the rain and wind (“What Sandy Sounded Like”). The peak labeled “Fugazi” correlates with the appearance of a post about an album constructed entirely of samples of instrumental parts of Fugazi songs (“Sieve-Fisted Compositions”).

There are numerous reasons why this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison: nature versus songs, bad news versus good news, prominent Twitter activity versus Boing Boing coverage (thank you, Xeni!) yielding even more Twitter activity. I just post it here for reference.

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