I was taken aback late last night when I saw that yesterday was the biggest day in the history of my blog for hits. Today is already bigger and by several magnitudes. At the rate the hits are going I’ll surely pass 10,000 well before midnight. But it’s not because of anything I’ve put up lately. It’s all Google searches for Charlie Hebdo, on which I posted a year ago here and here. Google’s algorithm is doing its work. The majority are coming from Turkey, followed by Germany, the US, France, Switzerland, Lebanon, Russia, the UK, and Canada. People are obviously looking for Charlie Hebdo’s latest provocation. As the website is presently inaccessible—and will likely be so all day—here’s the cover. I’ll have more to say about it when I buy the issue (if it isn’t already sold out on the newsstands).
UPDATE: The total number of hits on my blog on Wednesday was 22,678, which is one hundred times more than what I get on a normal day. The no. 1 country of origin ended up being the US. There were a dozen or so comments—from outraged Muslims and Muslimophobes alike—, most insulting or cretinous and which I sent to the trash.