May
19
2008

How Very Depressing

bya Gabrielle at 2:33 PM

So, the other day, I’m sitting in front of the computer, and Phil and I are talking about the amount of traffic my little blog has been receiving lately. We were comparing the statistical data from ShinyStat and the data that Anhost/Midphase collects. The two have never really been the same, and it has never really made that much sense to me until recently.

I was looking through some of the searches that ShinyStat said were used, found a particular funny one, and decided to plug it into Google to see A) where on the list my blog popped up and B) what else was associated with it. I’ll never really know why, but the phrase that the person used was “Bring Satan into my computer”. I thought all computers were inherently evil, but apparently this particular person wasn’t satisfied with the amount of evil their computer was producing, and wanted the real thing. Perhaps they were a Satanist or something. If they really were trying to summon Satan into their computer, I would like to know how exactly they planned on doing it. Did they have to sacrifice an animal or draw intricate pentagrams on the floor? Sounds like the beginnings of a really bad horror film to me, but I would probably watch it. Heh.

Anyway, so when I plugged “Bring Satan into my computer”, I discovered that my blog was at the very top of the list. At least now I know if anyone wants to read about possessed technology and evil cats, loving referred to as Satan, they will probably fall across my story. I doubt, however, that they will find what it is they are looking for. If you follow that link, you will notice little question marks everywhere. Phil said he will get around to fixing it soon, but as you learned when you read my second to last post, Brain Cell Bob, soon is a very relative term. :)

I also discovered that the link that Google was showing me was for my old blog on Blogspot, and not this one. Phil looked at me and asked, “Do you still have the code for ShinyStat on Blogspot?”

“No, I don’t think so,” I replied. I quickly signed into to my old account and went to look. Yep, it was still there, and suddenly, my high traffic(well, high to me, anyway) numbers started making sense. Not only was ShinyStat tracking visitors to my new blog, but it was also collecting all of the information from my old one, too. I took off the code, and well, you can see what happened for yourself. I’m rather sad now.  And here I thought my blog was getting more popular . . .

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Mar
20
2008

March Madness – It Does Crazy Things To My Blog

bya Gabrielle at 9:59 AM

About this time last year, I wrote a similar post about my blog visits exploding for no apparent reason. I usually average maybe 20 visits a day, sometimes more, sometimes less. This morning though, when I checked to see how many people had been coming to my blog recently, I was shocked to see my graph. I mean, look at it.

Shiny Stats

Usually, it is my page views that go crazy(as you can see), and that usually has to do with Phil tinkering with my blog. Phil didn’t tell me that he was tinkering, so I have no freaking idea why, on the 19th of March, my visits went from a normal 25 to a staggering 88. ShinyStat, because it is free, doesn’t give me a lot of information, so I really don’t know who exactly came to my blog and why. I don’t even know if they people that came stayed for point five seconds or if they stayed to see what my blog had to hold. If any one knows of a good, free, and accurate counter out there – I would appreciate it if you pointed me in the right direction.

Key word searches are always high for Fairly Odd Parents. Apparently, I have one of the only pictures of Mr. Crocker, and when any one looks for anything to do with the Fairly Odd Parents, it comes up in the images section. If I started writing about Fairly Odd Parents all the time, I imagine my blog would short circuit due to the amount of traffic I would receive.

Recently though, people have been having a field day looking up information on squatting toilets. It made me laugh when I read one of the key word searches – “what part of china have squat toilets”. I thought it would have been more appropriate if they had asked which part of China didn’t have squat toilets. Heh. :)

And I know that people look up weird stuff on the internet, but when I saw this key word search- “pictures of women mowing lawns” – I could only imagine what the person wanted to find. I don’t think the picture I have was what that person had in mind. At least, I don’t think it was.

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