An Interview With the Fake Chuck Westfall
Black Star Rising did an email interview over the weekend with the Fake Chuck Westfall, an anonymous blogger based on Canon’s real Technical Information Advisor Chuck Westfall (pictured left), that Canon Inc. tried to shut down last week. I’d previously blogged about Canon’s take down request that they’d sent to WordPress (who hosts Fake Chuck’s blog) here. The whole incident seemed to do little more than provide a tremendous amount of free publicity to Fake Chuck as a result of Canon’s efforts to squash what is clearly a parody blog.
Kudos to WordPress for standing up for one of their users.
From Black Star Rising:
A: It’s a bit early to say because traffic hasn’t yet stabilized to a new average per day. It went as high as 26,000 visits a day, and was above 15,000 for 3 days. It’s now down to 2,000 visits per day. The average visits per day were around 350 when I don’t update for a long time, and around 700 when I made updates.
I usually update the site once a week so I don’t expect a lot of traffic per day. This is not the first time I got this much traffic on the blog by the way, a while ago my post about the 5D Mark II got me almost 29,000 visits in a single day.
The controversy did give the blog a lot more exposure, it got mentioned on many of the popular technology news Web sites around the world and a lot more people know about it now. I’m expecting more interview requests in the future, perhaps a few book deals, magazine articles, maybe a motion picture. Who knows?