I Had a Blog Post Viral and I’m Not Happy About It

Yep. You read that correctly. In the last week, I had a blog post go viral and I’m not happy about it. I’m crazy, right?! That’s what you’re thinking. Maybe I am. Please read on to find out why I’m not too thrilled about it.

I Hada Blog Post Go Viral

The Post

My Weight Loss Journey: Day 1

I wrote this on January 4th of this year as I was beginning my lifestyle change or now better known as my weight loss journey. I wanted to make myself accountable for what I was about to begin and most likely struggle to get through. And that was that. I wrote a follow-up post a few times, but that got boring. Trying to lose weight is not fun for me and having to write about it was even worse. By March I was burnt out on writing about the weight I was losing. So, I stopped.

The Triplet Farm is not a weight loss blog. I just (maybe mistakenly) wanted to write about how I needed to lose weight. I made myself a little 30-day challenge graphic, again, to keep myself accountable. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that one little graphic that I made in like 5 minutes would go viral. Wanna know the crazy stats?

The Stats

It hasn’t gone THAT viral if you know what I mean. So, let me give you some background info on The Triplet Farm’s stats. The Triplet Farm received 2,713 page views for the month of January, 5,537 views in March, and 8,854 views in May. Counting today we have 11,729 for the month of June with almost 6,000 of them being in the last seven days. So, viral by my standards.

As I am writing this post at 10:45 in the morning, my weight loss post has already been viewed more than 100 times. In the last 7 days, it has been viewed 1.231 times, 3,156 in the last 30 days, and 7,714 times since it was posted. Yay? (insert sarcastic voice). There were days not so long ago that I was lucky to get 100 page views a day, let alone that many views on one blog post.

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Pinterest LOVES my 30-day challenge graphic. As of this past Monday has been repinned more than 17,000 times on to more than 20,000 different Pinterest boards. Again, yay. But, jeez.  Really?

Maybe I SHOULD be happy.

I mean, people are finally reading my blog. After a long year of writing and wanting to be heard, I have finally “gone viral.” I really wanted my Huffington Post to be read and shared by thousands. Two other posts I’ve written recently, I Can’t Be That Mom and You Don’t Have to Be Either and Wanted: A Real Mom Friend really mean a lot to me and I would love for the world to love them too. Why couldn’t any of those go viral?

One positive is that other blog posts that I LOVE are being read more too. I just want to see something other than THAT post at the top of the popular posts for the day.

Am I being selfish about this? I don’t want to seem that way. Some bloggers NEVER have a post take off like this one did for me. If you’re a writer, you understand why I’m a little frustrated, don’t you? I write my heart out day after day and a post that I don’t care too much about is the number one most popular post on my blog. Have you ever had a blog post go viral? Was it a favorite post of yours or just a little blurb you wrote on a whim like mine?

Have you ever had a blog post go viral? Was it a favorite post of yours or just a little blurb you wrote on a whim like mine?


About Angela

Wife | Mommy of Triplets + a Boston Terrier | Blogger | Amateur Photographer | Influencer | Book Nerd | Iced Coffee Addict |

28 thoughts on “I Had a Blog Post Viral and I’m Not Happy About It

  1. No way girl, I totally get it!! But, weight loss is like THE thing that everyone is searching about. Recently, I’ve really started taking my traffic seriously. Redefining my niche, and really targeting my audience. It’s frustrating when you work so hard on a piece, only to have it kind of ignored, but more traffic is ALWAYS good, and maybe you could install ways on your website to lead new traffic to those posts you love. Just an idea <3 Thanks for sharing!

  2. They say any advertising is good advertising. The fact that your name is on the bottom of the graphic will lead others to your site. Yay! New people! They will visit your site and discover all your other cool stuff.

  3. I’m not sure that you should be upset about such a helpful series gaining notice. I have family members who struggle with multiple health issues that are tied directly to the extra weight they carry and the type of food they choose to eat. If you can help someone avoid a life of disease and enjoy a life of health, I think that’s something to smile about. I discovered this series after starting a challenge of my own to take off a few pounds and found it encouraging to read about your successes and struggles. It helps to know that someone else is walking the same path.

  4. Omg! I totally get it! You want something more meaningful to become your viral post! But hey! Thanks to this little graphic many more people know about your blog increasing the Chances of them stumbling upon your meaningful posts!!!! I launched my site 3 weeks ago and I’ve had like 250 views total lol. Well, I haven’t started to promote my blog just yet, in focusing on content right now but I wish one of my posts would go viral! Congrats on that!

  5. I can really relate. Our stats are pretty similar and I had a post go viral (for me) out of the blue. The post was about forming new habits, which has been helpful in my personal life. I was really glad that it was resonating with readers, but I was just not prepared for what to do. I can see why it would be frustrating that it wasn’t one of your more loved posts. Congrats though!

  6. Angela,

    As an Angela myself, I feel like we have a connection. I’m part of that statistic you mentioned about your graphic. I saw it earlier this week, and it gave me a jolt. A year ago, I recommitted myself to weight loss by healthy eating and exercise. I found a great program to keep me accountable, and did great…until a few weeks ago. I just became lazy, and didn’t really care anymore about the weight I had left. But, one day, a friend of mine shared your graphic, partially in jest, and partially because it’s where she’s at…pregnant and facing gestational diabetes. It stayed on my mind though. Several of those things, I no longer eat, and the rest I should consider tossing, at least for 30 days.

    Anyway, it’s now the wallpaper on my phone, and I really thank you for getting me back in gear!

  7. I do know what you mean! My most popular post to date was 5 favorite fantasy books and the worst part was the majority of my audience was guys so it threw my analytics off for months before I could get it back.

  8. I started blogging in 2005 and my top blog post for YEARS (to this day) is one where I took a poll on if ketchup should be refrigerated. I mean, come on, wtf? Such a boring post, but when people would search “should ketchup be refrigerated” they would inevitably find my post and suddenly it got more views than the homepage. Frustrating. πŸ˜›

  9. I understand your point of not wanting that particular post to go viral. If I could choose a particular post to go viral, it would be one that I put my heart into. Unfortunately, we do not always have that option. On the bright side, it is getting people to see your blog, and it gives you the opportunity to lead them to your favorite posts!

  10. I get what you mean! It’s surprising which posts go viral and which don’t. Some of the most meaningful ones haven’t gone viral but some that I never thought would, have!

  11. Totally know what you mean. My overnight oatmeal lactation recipe I posted over a year ago still gets tons of visits. But those visitors aren’t sticking around. That’s not the type of content I write the most, I am no longer breastfeeding, yet that’s the post that went viral? So I get it!

  12. I see what you’re saying, it’s a weird position because part of blogging is wanting other to appreciate what you’ve taken time and effort to create. However, it’s hard because we all have some posts that aren’t our favorites. One of my most popular posts is a post I threw together and I don’t love either, it doesn’t mean anything to me personally! So I totally understand!

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

  13. I totally get what you’re saying! I hate when I pour time and and thought into a post that means so much to me and it gets hardly any notice. Hopefully the posts you write will get more notice with the new following!

  14. Hey girl, congrats on a cleaner lifestyle and weight loss! I completely understand your predicament, but I love your raw honesty. I thought I was following your blog after your post about not being “that mom” but I guess it didnt go through, so I’ll subscribe today. You’re an excellent writer!

  15. I totally understand where you are coming from but still not a “terrible” problem to have. I’d love to be in your boat one day. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

  16. I understand your feelings. I’ll have various post be super popular to search engine (like my Stitch Fix posts) and a ton of people will swoop in, read that one post, and then swoop back out again. Sure, it makes my monthly numbers look great, but they aren’t my REAL readers who visit me time and time again. I just keep in mind that there are highs and lows and just keep doing what I like to do.

  17. I’ve had several go viral but look at your situation this way: your readers are reading what they *truly* want to read. I think as writers, we get caught up in our minds and tend to “dictate” what we think our readers should find interesting but that’s not how it works (realistically). Chin up! All things considered, this is positive!

  18. Isn’t it funny how things work? I’ve never received that many views on a post, but I will admit that I’ve noticed a drop on the posts that I pour my heart into, and a rise in the ones that take 30 minutes tops to write. Hang in there! You’re doing just fine. πŸ™‚

  19. I can totally understand. We all have posts that we as writers love, and it’s hard when they don’t do as well as some other posts that aren’t about the writing. But, I still think it’s awesome. Plus, you’ll now get a wider audience to come read the stuff you really care about on your blog. Congrats!

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