Yesterday A Shroud of Thoughts received more hits than it ever has in its nearly five year history. It received around 1680 hits. This is more than it usually receive in an entire week. I must admit, when I checked my counters last night I was a bit mystified, if rather happy.
It appears that the vast majority of the hits (I would say 99% of them) were to my entry "The Rise and Fall of the Independent Television Station." from June 13, 2005. Among other things related to the independent television stations of old, I discuss Edward "Uncle Ed" Muscare, a once popular host of children's shows and late night movies on KSHB (formerly KBMA) in Kansas City. Ed Muscare was later convicted of child molestation. Someone apparently started a thread about Ed Muscare on social news website reddit.com and my entry on independent stations was among the links that were posted.
In some respects, it makes sense to me that "The Rise and Fall of the Independent Television Station" was posted as a link on reddit, as it is one of the few places on the web that mentions Ed Muscare at all. After all, his primary claim to fame is that he was a television host in the Kansas City market who was later revealed to be an outright monster. Only Missourians who grew up watching him would think to google his name or read about him, much less write about him. Indeed, if one googles "Ed Muscare," "The Rise and Fall of the Independent Television Station" is the second highest ranked result (the first is an article from Tony's Kansas City on the old late night horror TV shows on that city's television stations).
In other respects, however, I must admit that I am shocked that reddit produced about 1680 hits on A Shroud of Thoughts. After all, only Missourians who grew up watching Ed Muscare would even think to google him or read about him. I can only conclude that there must be more interest in Ed Muscare than I had ever dreamed and reddit is much more popular than I had ever thought.
Of course, I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about A Shroud of Thoughts having set a new record in its number of daily hits. I am happy that it did receive 1680 hits. After all, every writer wants his work to be read by as many people as possible. That having been said, I am a bit dismayed that the vast majority of hits were on what is a very unhappy topic--a formerly beloved TV host who turned out to be the basest of criminals. I guess I can only hope that the next time I get around 1680 hits, it's on a topic of a more positive nature!