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Last week was a near record, I think, what with linkery from many many many places.
This week, not so much. Mostly tumbleweeds blowing through.
Funny how that works–I do nothing different from day to day from my perspective…
Speaking of patting myself on the back, in the past couple days I’ve gotten linked by Tam, Roberta X, Sean Sorrentino, and Borepatch! Craziness!
I can’t decide if I should step up my game to capitalize on the opportunity or slack off so everyone goes away… meh, linker people hardly ever look at more than the one linked post; probably no change, then.
Very well. Carry on.
Well, what I wanted to happen didn’t so here’s some nice Muzak for you. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll get it sorted out for your morning music.
I have noticed a bit of discussion about this across the blogoshpere (and the podcastoshpere?) lately, but a couple of spam comments in this morning’s trap got me thinking about it, and now I’m thinking about it “out loud” for you. The spam comments were in the order of “If you are serious about making money with your blog then you should use our website blahblahblah,” and “I have noticed that the Google page ranking for this page is very low, and you NEED to use SEO correctly OR ELSE blahblahblah.”
Let me be very clear here. I don’t care. I don’t care about search engine optimization. I have categories or tags or whatever they’re called in WordPress for things, but more so I can easily find old posts if I want to go back and read them, not so searching Googleateers can be shunted in. I don’t do this for money or products. To date I have received absolutely NOTHING from anyone that wasn’t bought and paid for with real hard cash. I have rejected offers for advertisements. I don’t want any of that. It isn’t my goal. Let me repeat: I don’t care.
I do this blogging for me. Any reviews I post are as much so I can remember what I like and don’t like as they are so anyone interested can tell what I like and don’t like. You don’t like to read gun reviews on the internet? I don’t care. You disagree with my review of a Heinlein book? I don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, I love to get your comments and such, but if I had exactly zero page views a day, I would still be doing this. My profile over there says that I like “guns, gardening, and random youtube videos.” That’s a little simplified, obviously, but if you don’t like to read about and listen to the sorts of random crap I’m interested, it’s not my problem.
Why is it that everyone assumes that everyone else is doing the blogging thing for the wheelbarrows of cash and product that are obviously being carted around? Why can’t I just do it because I want to? So screw you SEO and people who want me to write gunrag-style reviews to rub the back of a manufacturer so I can get free stuff.
I had almost twice as many page views today as I did any day in the past week, and I can’t figure out why. Nothing is pointing towards being linked by anyone in particular, no post had any more clicks than usual… I didn’t suddenly reappear on the Gun Blog Blacklist (my new WordPress blog never got added to it…)
Weird. Maybe it was just Monday and people were desperate to escape from work…
This is up there on one of the header pages, but I thought I would post it for really down here in case you missed it.
I have the commenting set up so that the first comment you post has to be approved, but after that you will be free to do your thing with no more strange rituals to decode any word verifications.
In general I should be able to get to approve them very quickly, but on occasion it may take a little while.
Also, the spam trap is set up to stop anyone who has more than 3 links in a comment–if you are legitimate and have more than that, I will hopefully catch it and approve it.
One last thing, those of you who don’t like the automatically generated avatar, you can go to gravatar.com and set it up so you have your own thing. Just FYI.
CAPTCHA absolutely sucks. I think I just turned off all word verification here. Blogger is pissing me off more and more. Can you think of any real compelling reason to stay here?
Well, I’ve been slowly messing around with WordPress for a while now, tweaking it to get it where I think it’s bearable. WordPress does some neat things, better than Blogger, but then, it has some serious issues in other areas. But the way that Google seems to be running ramshod over everything they are connected with, the time of change may come sooner rather than later. This CAPTCHA thing is something that I have a severe hatred for, but that seems to be the only option on Blogger anymore. That may be the straw… but really it would be prudent to diversify my internet presence, rather than having everything on one password.
As of right now I AM NOT switching over, but I am curious to see what you other people think about it:
The comment moderation over there is set up (I think) so that your first comment has to be approved by me, but after that you are good to go. You can leave a comment over there, or probably preferably for now over here. In this case more so than others I would love to hear from you–anyone out there have a particular hatred for WordPress? Do you just love the way the blogroll is organized on Blogger, but think it’s too much on the other one? I want to know.
And, as Butch suggested to me, if you click to over there, and then click back to over here from there, maybe we can get a tear in the time-space continuum going and invent perpetual motion. That would be cool too.