The funniest thing happened the other day with one of my posts. In January I wrote a satirical blog called “Joe Biden Replaces White House Physician with Dr. Seuss” (which is super funny and you should read it 🙂 ). This post had some traction with readers but then just a few days ago the number of viewers spiked. I’ve learned that when something like this happens, I need to check the news.
The first time I had a post spike in the number of views was something I had written about the band Boney M. Here’s the post. Years later this post started getting a lot of views, which was odd because it was so old. Come to find out, a member of the band passed away so folks were Googling him, and I guess my blog post is what came up.
This has happened a few times, even recently with a post about the TV show “Saved by the Bell.” I wrote about a weird connection the show has with “Beverly Hills 90210” and months later, THAT post spiked. The uptick in viewers is because one of the cast members, Dustin Diamond, passed away, so people were searching for all things Screech, I guess.
Now this Dr. Seuss post spiked and it didn’t take long to figure out why. The whimsical writer was in the news for a handful of books he wrote decades ago, last century in fact, books that had popped up as being insensitive by 2021 standards. Did I have any idea when I wrote my satire that Dr. Seuss would be politically relevant only a few months later? Nope. I wish I had foreseen that coming though, then I would’ve scoured the city for copies of the books that are now officially out of print.
Side note that is sort of related: I went to a few thrift stores to see if there were any of the “controversial” books and so far I’ve come up empty-handed. It would be nice to get a copy of one of these books… not for posterity but to sell it on eBay. They’re going for hundreds of dollars! Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to be able to thank Dr. Seuss for helping me pay my mortgage this month?
It would, it would be gank and hank and nankily great, to have the cash to pay the bank, pay the bank so the bank does not have to rankily wait.
-Out of the Wilderness