I have discovered that if Jeffrey Zeldman, Dave Shea, and Andrei Herasimchuk all link to my site within 24 hours, then traffic goes up just a bit—by the end of Tuesday, May 11, 2004, I had more visitors in one day than during the entire month of July 2003.
High-profile inbound links also bring in a whole bunch of collateral links from other sites. Most strangely, quite a number of them have been from sites in Finnish. What makes that particularly weird is that Finnish was my first language, learned from my grandparents when I was two years old. Although I instantly recognized what it was on those websites, I've forgotten everything else about the language now. But we still have—and use—a sauna that my grandfather built in our basement.
Are there a lot of Finnish Blogger users? A lot of Finnish web designers interested in XHTML and CSS? A lot of Finns who read Zeldman, or Dave, or Andrei? Or is it just karmic Finnishness, homing in on the house I live in, where my Finnish grandparents lived before me?
Whatever. I'll wish everyone sisu and move on.
UPDATE: Dang, there's another one.