The first that I knew about it was when Janet21 pointed it out on the Wizzley forum.
She blithely asked, "Should they rename the popular category to Jo Harrington? Every page listed there right now is hers!"
It was all followed by a beaming smiley face to show that Janet had pointed this out in good humor.
My jaw dropped. I rushed to the front page and cycled through the articles. There are three lists there. I'd recently received an Editor's Choice, so I was at the top of that one. Lots of people were leaving comments on my Wizzles, so I had three or four in the 'buzzing' list too.
But the 'popular' category was filled from top to toe with only my work. It felt like an astounding achievement. It felt embarrassing. I was caught between being ridiculously proud of myself, and wanting to hide under a rock. After all, none of the other Wizzley authors could get a look in, while I was dominating the front page.
Even more remarkable was the fact that I hadn't even been here. I'd been visiting friends near Liverpool for four days.
So how had I done it? In order to get into the popular category, you need to have activity on your article. People have to like it, Tweet links to it, send it to Facebook, Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and the rest. Moreover, they have to be leaving comments.
Even then, these things take time to rise to the page rank of 100, which would cast it into the popular category. Four days is the least of it, hence we can discount the fact that I hadn't been here.
I believe that three factors lined up to push seven of my articles onto that list at the same time. The first is that I tend to write 'information' type Wizzles. This attracts more readers willing to share or comment. I always respond to comments. It would be rude not to, but it also counts towards your page rank.
The second is that I had been working very hard before going away. I'd written at least one Wizzle a day, which placed them all in a position where they could rise to that category one after the other.
But importantly, other people weren't writing so much. This was over a weekend, which is always slow. In my native Britain, it was also the Diamond Jubilee period. People were at events and parties, or were taking advantage of the two national holidays to go on vacation. Between the two facts, there was little competition for my articles to take over.
Writing well and writing often had struck again; but add to that one more tip - write when no-one else is doing the same!