Hey, I am first to admit that I am one of the little people. Despite the fabulous quality of the writing, I don't have too many regular followers or readers. And I realize that it is partly my fault. If I was uber-polite instead of snarky, or if I had all the fancy places where I went to school listed on the right, I might attract more readers. My biggest readership spike days happen when Dr. Kruse or Jimmy Moore links a blog post, either on their own blogs or on Mark's Daily Apple.
This week I checked out Dr. Guyenet's blog to see what is new with food reward, and I found Sarah's N=1 story and followed the link to her blog. (BTW, I don't post over at Guyenet's blog much anymore - they're pretty hostile to the low-carbers and if you think that has died down, just go into the comments section of his latest post here to see it is still alive and kicking along with the like-clockwork itsthewoo-bashing.) Sarah mentioned the very high increase in traffic to her blog when it was publicized. When I first wrote about my N=1 food reward experience, Dr. Guyenet didn't devote a blog post or an additional link to the story like he did for the n=3 folks with results that match his hypothesis more than mine did. I got a few additional hits, but it wasn't all that special. If you missed my N=1 post because of the oversight, you can read about it here.
Now I am sure it was just an oversight. After all, he sure did spend lots of time providing links to studies and anecdotes that appear to buttress his theory. It would be easy to overlook one or two in the process, especially if it wasn't labeled correctly. Perhaps with the "food reward" antigen in my title, I'll be able to attract all the antibodies and I'll see an uptick in traffic. Lets see if we can weed out the cherry-pickers from the legitimate researchers.