Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- Thanks so much to Rory of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip for gifting me with the sunshine blogger award!
- I’ve learned that WordPress stats and Google Analytics (which you can use when you have the business plan) don’t give you the same numbers. From what I can gather, Google Analytics filters out most of the bot traffic to your website when it calculates your numbers. WordPress filters out some bots, but not to the same extent as Google. Long story short, my visitors and views according to Google Analytics are about 30% lower than my WP stats, like Google is sending a message “hold up, in case you thought you were the least bit special, you’re not.” (And that’s me laughing at myself rather than taking it too seriously.)
- It’s fascinating sometimes to see who mass likes a bunch of posts on your blog. Yesterday I got a whole bunch of likes from someone with an innocuous blog name, so out of curiosity I decided to take a look. It was rather enthusiastically Christian. Maybe it was the beginning of a campaign attempting to convert me?
- After working four days in a row at the end of last week, I was tired and dizzy and spacey and just kind of a mess. I did one shift on Thursday this week, and that went okay, but I’m still really slow moving and it’s getting a bit frustrating. I think it’s probably time to up my stimulant dosage.
- As a splurge treat this week I picked up a Treatzza Pizza from Dairy Queen. If you haven’t experienced this wonder of the world, it’s an ice cream pizza. Cookie crumble crust, Reese’s peanut butter cup topping… circle-shaped perfection.
On Medium this week:
- I don’t know how to goodbye, so I ghost in InkMend
- The stories my body tells in Candour
- The swimwear hall of infamy on The Haven (prepare to be a bit grossed out)
As a bit of a grumble, Medium is a bit of an odd platform in that a lot of the interaction between writers seems to occur within Facebook groups. I don’t want to be Facebook, and even when I tried to sign up they deactivated my account because they thought I was a bot, so I’m not in the groups. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like there’s a bit of a popular kids thing going on, and if you’re not in the popular groups it makes it harder to grow on the platform. I make some money, which is my primary purpose in writing there, but I’m not entirely sure that it’s worth a) the effort I put in, and b) the stabs of inadequacy that it stirs up.
How has your week been?