Monday 11 August 2014

all about me...

Some years ago, I installed a widget that enabled me to track visitors to these humble pages.  It's not that I'm obsessively interested in every person who may be passing by on their way to somewhere much more interesting, or that I'm vain enough to want to graph my readership and compulsively try and work out what sort of content drives the traffic*....

*You guys like cats, right?  Everyone on the internet likes cats.

...I was just curious.

I check them once in a while, but when you use song lyrics for your post titles, you quickly learn that you get a lot of traffic from Google that basically isn't interested in what I have to say in the slightest.

Just recently though, these stats have become even less interesting than usual.  I write about all kinds of random stuff here and always have, so the referring search terms have always been a bit off-the-wall.  Here's the current selection:

-> girls in wetsuits flickr
-> over night bondage stories
-> skinny cheap monday jeans sagging
-> stunting in my onesie

I think I can work out the first one okay, but the rest?  What the hell are monday jeans and is it a thing that if you buy the cheap ones that they sag?  Why are those people being sent here? Are they finding whatever it is that they need?  Is that code?

Perhaps the answer lies in the referring sites: apart from Google itself (US, UK and Canadian versions - most of my visitors come from these beautiful countries.  Thank you all!), all of the other sites that send traffic here seem to be exclusively from either Russia or Romania. They look like the kind of sites that stream video or something like that, and no doubt probably infect your computer with more viruses than you can shake a stick at.  Why on earth are they linking here?

Well, the principle of Occam's Razor states that when there are multiple possible explanations, then you should always choose the simplest.  So with that in mind, I've decided that they must just be fans.  I'm not a vain man, but for each accepted explanation of a phenomenon, there is always an infinite number of possible and more complex alternatives, because one can always burden failing explanations with ad hoc hypothesis to prevent them from being falsified; therefore, simpler theories are preferable to more complex ones because they are better testable and falsifiable.

So they're definitely fans, then.

Well then, a massive buna! to my Romanian visitors and привет to my Russian guests.  In case you haven't already worked it out since you arrived, you won't find much streaming video here, but I'm an inclusive kind of a guy, so pretty much everyone is welcome here.

Yeah.  Maybe I should just ignore the stats and continue wittering on about whatever pops into my head without a thought for a possible audience.  It's worked for the last ten years, right?

 ....if by 'worked' we actually mean 'successfully shouted nonsense into the void'.

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