Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows spoilers… Bare with me Harry Potter fans, this is going to be a long post.
First off, I would like apologize to J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Harry Potter Fans, and whomever I offended. On Sunday, I posted a blog titled, “Don’t read this if you read Harry Potter…”. Reason behind this post was to do an independent sociological, psychological, and philosophical study. To all sociologists, psychologists, other scientists, I dreadfully apologize for not properly following the scientific method. I’m sure some of you will be driven crazy by the lack of proper organization, if not rolling over in your future graves. I’m partially too tired and too exhausted by doing this on my own. However, if anyone would like to continue and/or duplicate this study, I would love to participate and assist.
I’ve always been curious why people on such Web 2.0 sites desire to be “known”. Take YouTube for example, many people would love to be featured on the front page and be a YouTube celebrity. YouTube users such as TheHill88, Boh3m3, Brookers, KevJumba, Nalts, and remibroadway became celebrities by the luck of being featured or working hard to slowly gain subscribers. Users such as CrazzzyVids or InternetJoker, who just joined a few days ago, happened to either miraculously gain hundreds of subscribers or views on their videos and become “instant” celebrities (I use that word loosely). Whether they use bots or however they do it, there are people out there who are to an extent desperate to be known. The same goes for blogging, MySpace, and other Internet communities.
The second part of this grossly illegal study was to see how many people are so impatient that they cannot wait a certain time period for a certain thing/event. I can’t think of the study/topic about this, but it deals with personal rewards which can be applied to both animal and humans. I happen to randomly choose Harry Potter because I came across pictures of the supposed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Threadless by a blog post from DeathCabForTom. Upon seeing that, I realize this was the best bait to lure people in and see what happens.
The study went on for 5 1/2 days, until tonight when WordPress administrators finally took it down. To all people related to Harry Potter one way or another, I apologize. I never meant to “spoil” anything for anyone who did not want to know. Additionally, to the author and publishers, I know this was very risky on my part, but I could not pass on such a broad audience to study on. The damage is done and I got the results that I was looking for.
So this past Sunday, I posted “Don’t read this if you read Harry Potter…”
As of tonight when the blog post was removed, here are the astounding results. In 5 1/2 days, that post alone received 12,919 views. The best day was Tuesday, July 17, where a total of 10,812 views to my blog. To put this to comparison on what I normally get per day, 16 views, the post increased by readership by 675%. Additionally, on July 16th, that post was ranked the 80th top post on WordPress. July 17th, it was 35th, and July 18th, it was 8th according to WordPress.
The thumbnail below shows you the daily traffic to my blog the last 6 days. As you can see from the picture below, the difference between my normal readership (please factor in adjustment for the increase in users for the last 5 days) versus the influx of Harry Potter readers.
So you may be asking what is the point of this? Looking at these results, one can partially conclude that through extra means, any person can increase traffic to his/her site. In other words, anyone can be an instant Internet celebrity/icon if he/she truly desires it. All that is needed are the means that would attract traffic and then, hopefully fame.
Looking at the chart above, one can see the the sharp increase in readership beginning July 17th. The first two days of the study, I relied on the tags and WordPress alone. Those two days, my readership increased to 135 on the 15th, and 575 on the 16th. However, I decided to broaden the pool. I choose to link myself through several WordPress blogs and Digg. Through those means and surprisingly having other people link to me, caused the readership to explode the last couple days.
So yes, now I am “famous” on the Internet thanks to that blog post. Wasn’t that my goal? Am I not like the others who desire to be an “Internet Celebrity”? Yes and no. I will further dissect the study in a couple of days. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, now that you (Phampants) have readership, you must continue to lure them in. I completely and honestly tell you this right now that I do not mean to leave you hanging, and thus, coming back for more. However, this was bigger than I expected and I need time to process everything. Additionally, if anyone would like to help me in analyzing everything, I would GREATLY appreciate it.
Once again, to J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, Bloomsbury, and all Harry Potter fans, I apologize for this. Secondly, to all in the science field who would like to hang me for poor execution of this independent study, I apologize for breaking all the rules. However, if you are kind enough to help me better analyze and understand the results, I would greatly appreciate it.
UPDATE: Part 2 can be read here.