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Gone viral

Posting on is often a letdown. You write your heart out and at times get little response.

Occasionally, and almost for no discernible reason, words go viral.

I posted another story, number 674, answering the question What do very old people think about?

Following my experience of looking after my 98-year-old father for 15 months, I thought I was qualified to answer.

Just after I posted my answer, it immediately started with views ticking over, and a high proportion of upvotes that boded well. And writers with plenty of followers upvoting, like those with over 5000 followers. That encourages wide distribution.

When I went to bed it had 15,000 views. Two days later it hit 100,000.

After five days it has hit a quarter of a million, with little sign of slowing.

It’s already passed my previous answer with the second-highest views: Why were children in the 1970s and 80s allowed so much freedom?

It still has some way to hit the 400,000 views of my top answer: What is the best random conversation you overheard?

But at the rate it’s going, it’s likely.

More than 10,000 people have upvoted it. 400 have commented.

For some reason, my answer is resonated with the world, and has gone viral.

author | GJ Coop | posted | 27 April 2022
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