I’m at a wedding today. Somehow, my niece is old enough to embark on this journey, and yet I swear it was just last year that I became an aunt and was holding her newborn self. But today she’s a wonderful young woman on the first day of what I hope will be a lifetime of happiness and adventure with the man she loves.
So for today’s light fare we have the following offerings.
More WordPress Mysteries
We all know I spend too much time exploring the mysteries of WordPress’s stats. Today, it’s the map showing the countries where readers are. Notice anything odd about this one? (Besides the paltry number of views. This was from six o’clock on a Saturday morning.)
Before you say it takes time for the map numbers to catch up, that’s not the case. It’s unique visitors that can take a few hours to calibrate. The map should be quicker. And I’ve had the error appear in the morning and not be resolved the next day.
So who are these mystery visitors? Where are they from? I like to joke that the folks on the International Space Station or aliens are reading my blog and WordPress can’t pinpoint them to a country. But seriously, who are they? Conspiracy theorists could have a field day with this—intelligence agencies, military groups, shadow governments…. The possibilities are endless.
Another mystery is why I sometimes get an email notification that someone liked a post, but the orange notification light never comes on and the like never shows up in the notifications list. And yet, the person who left the like is a WordPress blogger. Why do these get missed?
Why Am I Moderating So Much Spam?
Akismet does a great job of filtering spam comments from my blog. But I’ve noticed an upturn in “missed spam” the last few months. In some cases, the comments are looking more legitimate. I can understand missing those. But others are the same old mangled and nonsensical grammar of the spambots. Why are those being missed? And recently, one comment I was asked to moderate was literally 239 lines of links when viewed on my 17-inch laptop screen. There was no other text that might somehow be construed as a comment. How does Akismet miss this as spam?
Fun With Search Terms
These have been a bit tame recently, but there have been a few that made me smile. Like “person speaking clipart.” I had no idea “clipart” was a language. I wonder what it sounds like?
The 1980s are apparently popular. Searches for “a day out in the 1980s” and “a day in the life of a mom in the 1980s” led to my “A Day in the Life of Me” posts.
And how cool is it that a search for “cool archeology haiku” led to my blog? Of course, how many people are writing haiku about archaeology? But I suspect whoever searched for “henry viii jousting clipart” was sorely disappointed by the simple Microsoft clip art they were led to on this blog.
And so ends another sundry post. Hopefully things will settle down again next month, and I can get back to some meatier posts. Or should I? Would you prefer lighter fare over the summer?
My internet time will be limited this next week, so I probably won’t be visiting many blogs until after the Memorial Day weekend. I follow too many to catch up with all the posts I’ll miss, but I will pick up again when I can.