The good people who act as my blog host are always hunting for new ways to improve the features offered to their customers. You may think that posting entries is all a blogger does but you would be mistaken. A portion of this blogger’s time is spent figuring out the new features.
I’m a Taurus. People born under this sign are dependable, honest and loyal. The lucky ones look like George Clooney and Uma Thurman. The ones who are mired deep in Taurus, like me, tend to resist change. This can be maddening to those close to us who consider this behavior reactionary. I prefer to think of it as being steadfastly loyal to the way things are. The way I’m used to them.
Aside from the profit aspect, writing a blog is similar to owning your own business in that there are many different reports available to tell you who your customers are and how often they buy from you. In business these tools might be called sales reports. In blogging they’re known as statistics. Statistics show how many hits the blog gets daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, even hourly. In case you have no other events happening in your life, you can still see how many looks you got in the last 45 minutes. This can come to be a comfort on a bad day.
There are also things called web crawlers or robots; bots for short. Web bots are software agents used by search engines for spidering or gathering up-to-date data to be indexed for reference on the Internet. Bots are good for a blog because they increase the odds the blog will be located in a search. They’re bad because they count as hits even though they’re not human and can’t read. I don’t really care if they’re not real and don’t comment. A hit is a hit.
The newest feature unveiled by my blog host is a revision of their statistic gathering to represent authentic human visits. Bot traffic has been eliminated from the tally. This means that two thirds of my daily hits have disappeared. My host has written enthusiastically about this change and how valuable it is because it’s so accurate. I’m thinking that if I were born with three legs but only one of them worked, I’d still like to keep the other two. They’re mine.
Looking at my statistics is not so fun anymore. As the Wonderbra has proved, there is much to be said for illusion. Eventually I’ll adjust, but it would be helpful if you’d tell other humans you know about this blog so I can get some more authentic hits and spend less time obsessing over my phantom legs. As for the bots, they’re still there only now I don’t see them. I like to think they’re waiting for the movie.
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