A few weeks ago, Bike Snob NYC linked to my blog and embedded my drum-biking video in a follow up post to his “Cockpit of the Year Awards” after I e-mailed him asking why the user-submitted photo of my bike disappeared from the running.
As I love statistics, I couldn’t help notice the massive traffic spike this blog that resulted over the next few days. I’ll call this the “Bike-Snob Effect” a la the “Slashdot Effect,” which refers to the massive inflow of web traffic to a small website when it is linked by a popular news site like Slashdot.
Here’s what my traffic spike looked like on November 2nd:
Within a day, my YouTube video suddenly went from around 150 views to around 3300 views.
Also interesting are the demographics Youtube video viewers for this particular video since November 2nd:
Since most of this traffic (2763 views as of today) comes from BSNYC, this might even provide some insight into who the readers of BSNYC are; For the most part, middle-aged men. This surprised me. Since all my bike friends who read BSNYC are twenty-somethings, I wasn’t expecting there’d be so many middle-aged readers, but maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised; perhaps it makes sense that there are twice as many older male readers than people my age who love making fun of “those darn hipsters with their brake-less fixies!” as much as BSNYC does.