Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Hawg goes international!

I was checking my Feedburner stats earlier and noticed a fascinating trend -- a lot of people from the Philippines are visiting my blog these days.

I doubled-checked my Google Analytics reports and confirmed that trend -- The Natural State Hawg blog plays best in my beautiful, God-blessed Arkansas, but I'm picking up some International traffic as well.

The tech guy at my office tells me there are plenty of logical explanations for that, but I prefer my own delusional reality. Yes, my friends in the Philippines (hereinafter referred to as my "phriends") are the first victims of the phenomenon that's sure to sweep the globe -- The Hawgmania!

That explanation makes me feel better. Logic be damned -- I like my version of the truth and I'll roll with that. Indeed, The Hawg is bad and he's worldwide.

What's more, I've noticed that my traffic from Singapore has been on the rise lately, too, so it's only a matter of time before that part of the world falls victim to The Hawgmania. They, like my phriends, will soon rush to their computers as soon as they get out of bed, take a look at my blog and hope to find some life-affirming, life-changing messages in there. I'll do my best, folks. Honestly!

What are some of the symptoms of the imagined affliction known as The Hawgmania? People will start rooting for the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Benton Panthers. A group of The Hawgmaniacs will be easy to identify as they'll be the ones walking their rat terriers, calling the Hogs and drinking something -- anything -- other than products made by those traitors at Anheuser-Busch.

Indeed, I well imagine that my phriends are actually benefiting from The Hawgmania. When people gather around their computers to pick up a few pearls of wisdom from The Hawg, well it just brings them closer together. Now what in the world is wrong with that?

So, I encourage this full-on embrace of The Hawgmania and encourage it wholeheartedly. I just hope my phriends enjoy themselves, benefit from my wisdom and share my joy.

Of course, please no rioting -- my phriends may be enthusiastic, but the world's enough of a mess as it is, yeah?


FishHawk said...

One stupid little autographed publicity photo of Jeff Foxworthy, and now this. Oh yeah, the future is lookin' ever so bright.

Julia said...

I send you some warm-hearted greetings from Germany, too.

Greets Julia

The Natural State Hawg said...

FishHawk == That's right! That photo has been the ticket to international fame.

Heh, heh!

Julia -- I appreciate that. The Beatles really cut their teeth in Germany and the beer from that part of the world is renowned.

That's good enough for me!

Da Old Man said...

First Arkansas, then the USA, and now the world. WTG.

Lyndon said...

Well I could tell you why, but why burst your bubble.

Enjoy your new found international fame Hawg!!

Hillbilly Willy said...

Willy says go HawgMania - flipping remote last night and thought I saw you for a second on Blue Collar Comedy. Well, it was just Foxworthy thinking about using your joke.

Bits-n-Pieces said...

I'm a Hawg, too! Use to teach school in Benton, now in Hope!

The Natural State Hawg said...

da old man -- Yes, the armies will be marching through the streets any day now...

lyndon -- Please don't! I enjoy this particular delusion.

hillbilly willy -- You just wait! Foxworthy will use that joke one day and America will be in stitches. Hide and watch.

bits-n-pieces -- Yay! I graduated from Benton High School in 1987 and my dad retired as vice principal of the middle school back in 2005. Bet you know the man...