Somebody Spiked My Blog

What's in this stuff, anyway?

205 people visited my blog yesterday. OMG!  That’s like a record! Woohoo!

Not.

Oh, it would be a record if it were true.  Well, it is true.  But it’s not the entire truth.

So, I have a confession to make.  I have another blog.  It’s not that I don’t think you’re enough for me.  You are really my life.  I swear.  The other blog means nothing.  Really.

I mean, really.  It’s my “Control Blog”.  I’ve kind of been watching to compare the difference between a blog that I actually spend a couple of hours a day on and a blog I spend about fifteen minutes a day on.  We’re talking 500 word hysterically funny (in my mind) posts 7 days a week versus 50 word (professionally mundane) posts five times a week.

Control Blog has been averaging about 10 hits a day.  It has 42 followers now.  So, imagine my surprise yesterday when I checked the stats on Control Blog and saw 199 hits at 6 PM.  Imagine my chagrin when I checked the stats on this blog, the one I’ve coddled and spoiled rotten with attention to comments and followers, and saw it had 36 hits.  I’m not going to tell you my usual stats, but let’s just say it’s less than 199 and a whole lot more than 36.

Does this look right to you?

According to the Control Blog Stats, 2 people got there through a link on Google, and 12 people were “referred” by searches.  That means, uh, I don’t know, subtract this and that, multiply why whatever, and you get a lot of people who just went straight to my home page, if I’m interpreting my stats correctly.  No one referred them or told them to go there.  They just landed on my site by randomly typing in an address they’d never heard before.

Yeah, right.

If you’re a loyal reader, then you know that I have a little problem with people suddenly paying attention to me when I wasn’t really trying to get their attention.

If you’re a loyal reader, then thanks for being one of the 36.

And, no, I’m not telling you the name of the Control Blog, Traitor.

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Posted on November 11, 2011, in Blogging, Humor, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. A “Control Blog”? I feel cheated on! Nah, I don’t really feel cheated on, but it doesn’t surprise me! Haha! 😉 I don’t have all the fancy stats like you do, I bet that would be addicting for me to check everyday.

  2. I know what it is like to see stats not move or see them move and wonder why.

  3. I don’t have a control blog, but I have a “fat-cat” photo that always gets way more hits than anything I actually write. I feel like I should just post the photo each day.

  4. My stats went slightly nuts about two weeks ago. I had more people reading my when I DIDN’T post than when I did. And they read my blog without reading any post or home page or even ABOUT. They just “visited”. Stats are back to normal now, but I think I miss all those mystery visitors.

  5. Ha! I pay attention to stats too. I’d love to see your other blog.

  6. I had that same thing happen to me on ‘Show me your pearly whites” and I did not even think it was funny. Go figure. HEY YOU BETTER NOT LEAVE US FOR THAT…….OTHER BLOG

  7. I’ve had people find my blog through some strange searches – some that I’m not sure how my blog even showed up – but one of the favorite searches seems to be “dead mouse drawing.” (I really did put one of those on my blog awhile back and the search is still coming up.)

  8. There are some very strange ‘searches’ that people do ..I sometimes wonder where they get the idea to do it!

    There have been times in the past when my stats were so important that they ruled my life. Trying to reach the top! The top of what? Nothing..there really is nothing there.
    I did get 250 one day and I do not have the slightest idea why… but does it really matter just as long as you write and enjoy what you are writing.

    And YOUR writings are always a pleasure to read

  9. Dang. I got 42 hits once recently and was excited. Maybe I need to have higher standards. I obsessively check stats too lol.
    I got a few funny searchers too I posted once about the iPhone 4s Siri app and how someone asked where they could hide a dead body as a joke and I’ve had several ” where to hide a dead body Siri ” searches.

  10. So are you saying it doesn’t matter what I write as long as I use the right tags? I feel so used!!!! *sigh*

  11. I’m so happy for you! I had a bit of a blog-spike last week. It’s heady stuff!

  12. I believe WordPress gives mystery hits to keep us talking about WordPress.

  13. Very mysterious! I love the fact that you have a “control blog” that has a different level of effort 🙂 But isn’t it more effort to maintain an additional blog?

    I have regular visitors that find my blog by searching for “Caucasian Shepherd teeth” and “Santa and Reindeer”. The mind “bloggles” – is that a new word? If it is I have just copyrighted it!

  14. Try getting Freshly Pressed and see what goes on with your stats. Holy Dump, Batman.

  15. Careful! Someoe said that every time they post about their numbers they take a nose dive. I hope that doesn’t happen to you…..My numbers are frighteningly low, so they couldn’t take much of a hit, lol!

  16. I always freak out when my blog gets a lot of hits one day. It doesn’t make any sense but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it.

  17. It’s good to know that others have a secret blog too. I thought that maybe I was weird.

  18. I had to laugh to myself about stat watching. See I have somewhat of a bonus and then not so much. The name I write under and my blog name happens to be the same as a well known Porn chick. I notice a huge jump in my stats when she puts out a new xxxxx video. Imagine how disappointed they are when they hit my blog expecting boobs and find a completely different type of boob 😉

  19. If I let myself, I check my site stats waaayy too often. I try to look only once a day now. The page views are never as high as I want them to be. 😦 Glad you had a busy day on your other blog.

  20. I try to stay away from my stats bar. My self-esteem and my daily hit numbers are on the path to becoming intertwined. From there, it’s just a matter of time until my posts degenerate into, “WHY DOESN’T EVERYBODY LOVE ME? LOVE ME YOU FILTHY BEASTS!!!” I’ll still post my MS Paint pictures though, but I’m not quite sure how to draw a “downward spiral” very well.

  21. I think it’s funny because I’m always PIMPING my blog to everyone, guilting them into signing up to follow me, etc.

    I tell them I don’t care if they actually read it and to “just click on it” so I get the views.

    I love when I get crazy spikes (http://thelifeofjwo.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/my-wacky-record-breaking-day/) except for the fact that it makes the next few days seem like no one visited when I look at the bar graph. hahaha…

    I think that makes me a whore, or is it a slut since I’m not taking/making any money from it?

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