An hour or so ago, “About Last Night” was being read in 12 different time zones around the world (there are 24, duh).
That’s a nice number, but here’s a nicer one: OGIC and I racked up just short of 3,000 page views on Friday, an all-time record for this site. And we did it without benefit of any links from non-arts blogs.
The distinction is significant. Our previous sky-high days have been fed by one-time mentions on such heavily trafficked warblogs as Instapundit, Lileks, andrewsullivan.com, and BuzzMachine. Yesterday was different. “About Last Night” posted its best numbers ever solely because of a profusion of links from the arts-related sector of the blogosphere.
This puts legs under my growing conviction that blogging might end up being the most important thing to happen to fine-arts journalism in my lifetime. It’s not that, not yet, but when a four-month-old blog has a 3,000-hit day, something’s happening out there.
To every arts blogger who mentioned us on Thursday and Friday, Our Girl and I thank you and thank you and thank you. And to every reader who visited us for the first time as a result, thanks for coming…and please come again.