I didn't want to say anything while it was going on, for fear that it would cause more strangeness, but, now that it's stopped, I'm wondering if anyone can figure out what the hell was going on.
For several days in a row I was getting comparatively massive traffic (remember that this is a small time blog so massive for me is within the margin of error for other people) from mostly Taiwan to mostly two posts. The two posts in question were not, on the whole, interesting ones.
The one that got the most traffic was "The end of an Era (image post)" in which I said that, with the world not ended, we could probably expect my posts on the Mayan Calendar to stop being searched for, linked to those posts, and then used the occasion as an excuse to post pictures of sunrise and sunset.
Nine photos I took of sunset, eight photos I took of sunrise. Two photos of cloudy skies during other times of day. Two photos of night. One of my dog and cat laying together. They're not actually sleeping (if you look their eyes are open), and certainly not doing what people use "sleeping" as a euphemism for, but clearly a sign of the end times none the less.
There's no ... there there. There's nothing to look at -correction, there is stuff to look at (22 photos)- but nothing to read.
And whoever was visiting the page was not a spammer. There is literally no spam on the post. Which is actually kind of rare, usually I get at least some spam on everything, thankfully the auto-spamtrapper handles most of it. Nor was it referral spam (when someone comes to your site supposedly from a link on their site in hopes you'll go to their site to see who is linking to you) because they didn't show up as coming from anywhere.
Yet it also can't be explained via the references to the Mayan Calendar in it because if people were interested in that the post started with six links to posts about the Mayan Calendar and none of those posts saw heavy traffic.
It's just seemingly random high volume traffic to my site.
The second post, is even more weird because it contains nothing in the way of content it got more than eight and a half times the hits of the nearest legitimate post in the past week, but there's nothing there. That post is "New post up at the Slacktiverse" which, as the title suggests, was just pointing out that I made had made a new post at The Slacktiverse, specifically Coping with Depression. There's no real content there other than a link to another post. It cannot be explained by people actually wanting information on coping with depression because there was not a similar spike in views of that post at the Slacktiverse.
It cannot be explained as referrer spam because there was no referrer (all those views apparently came from a bare link because nothing showed up in my traffic sources.) It cannot be explained as regular spam because there isn't any. At least not in that period. There is one piece of spam associated with that post, but it came from last year, well before the (relatively) massive traffic mostly from Taiwan.
So I'm left at a loss. I got what was, for me, giant amounts of traffic to two posts with almost nothing in the way of content, and it cannot be explained away as spam.
Anyone have an explanation?