NHL Playoffs and the Power of The Google

So a few entries ago, I once again posted my predictions for the NHL playoffs.  I didn't take the time to do any analysis or anything – just posted a list of my picks using a unique style of picking teams based on a descending scale of 1) do I like the team?  2) Is it a Canadian team? or 3) Is the team exciting/Do they have an exciting superstar? 

Except that this year, for some reason, The Google decided that my post should be a Top 10 result for anybody searching for any combination or variation of the words “NHL”, “playoff” “prediction”, “2009”. 

Suddenly my traffic jumped to about 30x what it normally is.  That thread (again, with no commentary from me to prompt any discussion – again, it's just a list of picks!) got 22 [edit – 23, they're still coming in after I type this]  comments from complete strangers across Canada and North America. 

To put that in perspective, most of my posts get no comments these days (thanks for nothing RSS!).  If I say something that catches someone's fancy, I might get 1-2 comments.  If I say something that really provokes people, I'll get 5 or 10.  When Pace was born (!), we got 21 comments! 

This thread got 22 comments including guys explaining their rationale for their picks, arguing with each other, insulting each other – all without a single comment from me to add to the discussion or keep it going.

The rush is over but that was a pretty crazy few days!  (Man, maybe I need to reconsider my “no advertising” policy for this blog and just try to write crap that Google thinks is important.  Uhm…hockey…swine flu…boobies…urban legend…Facebook…Bill Gates sucks…Britney)  

You can mail the cheque to my home address, Goog.  (I'd post it but I'm sure you've already got it deep in some darkened server room somewhere.) 

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    well I just had to leave some sort of comment after reading your post… hmmm what to say (since I don't watch hockey any more – the 70's were my hockey years, sitting with my dad)… bah the Habs are out so who cares! ;-D

    Posted 01 May 2009 at 11:36 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Well, at least you posted to the new thread instead of the original one – I've sort of decided I'm not going to post in that thread at all just to see how many comments I can get without any interjections from me at all!

    Posted 04 May 2009 at 2:44 am

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