Saturday, March 24, 2012

As Long As I Still Have My Biggest Fan

So, yes I am attempting to write a three minute fiction for submission to NPR's contest.
Funny, I ask Ross to read it, critique it, and give me his honest opinion.  Then when he does, I get all pissy about it.  "Whadda mean, you don't get it?" "Give me that red pen."
Rewrite number three.
"Okay, read it again."
I can see him hesitating.
"No, no.  I mean it.  I want the truth.  Be brutal.  If you dare (said under my breath.)
He says, "Why don't you sleep on it.  Let it rest over night."
I agree, that's what I should do.

A Lesson Learned
I have had an embarrassing blogging "moment".   About a month ago, my blogger stats suddenly shot up to nearly triple what they had been.  Of course even at triple, it was still not a big number, but three times more is three times more.
Boy, I thought, I guess my blogging has gotten three times better.
Then a few days ago, the numbers  dropped to lower than they were before they had tripled.
I wondered what I had done wrong.  Was it that piece about Dancing With The Stars?  I knew I shouldn't have done that piece.
But after my initial reaction, I felt kind of happy with my new, lower than my old, stats.   I felt that my blog was back to being mine again.
Out of curiosity, though,  I googled: "why have my blogger stats fluctuated so dramatically?"
The answer is something called "referrer spam".
When I saw my stats spiking, I had noticed an unfamiliar link in the traffic source.
Wanting to know what the link was I clicked on it.
After reading the article on "referrer spam, clicking on an unfamiliar link is apparently a big no-no. It's what the referrer spammer is hoping for.   I am not even going to mention the site here, for fear of encouraging more of the referrer spam.
So at first I was happy that there were others, besides my biggest fan, Ross, who read my blog.  Then I got carried away with myself and my new stats.  After the stats went back down, I was disappointed and felt a sense of failure or maybe I should say non-success.  And finally I am back to being happy with my little blog and those who read it besides my biggest fan, Ross. :)

I have created a page for Anna's Diary.  It can be found under the Tab titled Anna's Diary.
I have posted all of the entries to date there, starting with January 1, 1929.

Here is today's entry from Anna's diary:
Sunday March 24 1929
Palm Sunday
Went to Grandma M. for dinner.  Mary, Tom & children there.  Grandma nor Grandpa did not come home. [I think she refers to her son's grandmother as Grandma M.  In the last sentence I believe she is talking about her grandparents.] With Edythe in country.  Back to 360 where Jewel was being engaged with big dinner.
[Jewel is Anna's sister]


  1. That happened to me.... in your research on this did you figure out how to delete those problematic links or feeds? Please share?

  2. As always, always lagging behind. So by now the contest has been entered and you're either awaiting the results or have heard them. I just wanted to say that having Hubby critique my work has never occurred to me. Not that I don't trust his judgment, just that our sensibilities are so different that I'm not sure his advice would help with the kind of work I do. Daughter-Only and I were just talking about this the other day because she is thinking of working on some fiction and wants me to critique/edit it for her. It's a terrifying concept, particularly with a sensitive seventeen-year-old girl. Like you said, we think/say we want the honest opinion, but getting it can be a whole other thing.

  3. Aw man. So that's what's been going on in my stats. Oh well ... 
    Good luck on the contest!

  4. Kinda fascinating. I know nothing about the stats stuff and now I'm a bit curious.  

  5. That is so cool that you have your biggest fan Ross watching your back.  
    I rarely check stats b/c they don't mean much to me.  I don't get the part about where they come from or something like that. I do pay attention to comments b/c I understand those!  Not too bright, I guess.

  6. Stats are funny critters, especially if you do not have any other stats to compare yours with.  Most bloggers are not in it for the stats.  By the way, because I read your post yesterday about the fiction contest, I decided to enter one of my pieces.  I have NEVER entered a piece of my writing in any sort of competition.  If I win, maybe your agent and my agent can get together, and arrange for us to do lunch?

  7. That is crazy!! I have never heard of such a thing!! Thank you for posting about this and getting the word out! :D