On October 3, I posted a column called "This Used to Be My Rock-and-Roll Fantasy", a column about fantasy sports. It generated about 175 hits, a fairly low hit count for a blog that was already struggling to draw new readership and was starting to lose its regular readership. I was sort of at a loss about the direction of the blog and even considered dialing things back a bit, if not shutting the blog down entirely, to focus again on fiction.
On October 10, I tried something somewhat different, wrote the 5-minute script for So You Want to Go to Law School, and posted it to the Xtranormal website, where it drew a few hundred hits over the next few days. All in all, it was shaping up to be a normal week. Then on October 14, the traffic started climbing rapidly on the xtranormal website, hitting about 1100 by Thursday night. Honestly, at first, I thought it was because I kept clicking on the video myself.
By Friday morning, October 15, the hits had climbed to about 3,000 (and I knew it wasn't me, because I was asleep for most of that time). Whatever the reason, I was happy to see something I had created was finally making some waves. I then posted the video on YouTube, and again, the hit count started to grow.
Over the weekend, the video picked up some speed. By Monday, it had gotten picked up by the Above The Law legal blog (which I only learned about from a friend). Over the next couple of days, the hit count went from 17,000 to 100,000, and then things got weird.
Friends of mine were finding out about it without realizing I had written it. I've had some interesting discussions to try some new things (but none are set in stone yet, and none are of the "quit my day job" variety - maybe someday).
On Friday night, the video broke 500,000 hits, and I even had garnered some official YouTube rankings. Things have started to slow down a little, as to be expected, but I can always hope that it will continue to make its way through the law profession until the Internet is no more.
Biggest lesson learned -- when it comes to the Internet, people like funny videos.
So, for the time being, I am going to work on these animated films -- with the same goal I had when I started this blog -- to try and make people laugh.
So look for a new video later tonight or tomorrow morning starring Oscar Truman and Carrie-Ann Fox, The Corner's two little knights in shining armor.
Thanks for all the support and especially for turning this video into the Sarcastic Little Video that Could.
CURRENT YOUTUBE COUNT: 553,418