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I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when I noticed that the visitor numbers seemed to shoot up rather quickly from the steady 800-900 we'd been seeing gradually increase for a while, to the current number just shy of 1300. Much as this is a great thing, I'm curious - does anyone know a particular reason for this rise, or is it just part of us "taking off"? (which would be nice!)

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    I suspect it's seasonal, primarily warm weather on the US east coast and getting near Memorial day, the unofficial start of summer here in the US. – Kevin May 23 '13 at 17:01
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    Me refreshing every 10 minutes? – ppl May 23 '13 at 23:35
  • @ppl Hopefully the algorithm is cleverer than that! – berry120 May 23 '13 at 23:36
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The influx of new visitors is not consistent with a specific-question spike. But your new-found popularity corresponds almost perfectly with a similar increase on our Gardening & Landscaping site. This seems to be a seasonal spike — an increase in outdoor interests corresponding to the arrival of warmer weather in the northern hemisphere.

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If there are no obvious spikes around a particular question, then it's likely to be the combination of increased interest as we get closer to summer in the northern hemisphere (where 88% of the world's population live) and one of those kinks in the curve we see as sites seem to break some unknown attendance barrier.

They are definitely a worthwhile sign that the right things are happening - but it would be interesting to see how seasonal the graph is for this site as opposed to others. Will we get a slump at the end of August; do we have a nice skipe in winter questions; etc?

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