So once upon a time I had another website.
It was my "professional" website - the one that was going to propel me to writing greatness (after this one failed to work out quite as I had planned, of course). Originally I had started writing career related items, hoping to spark an interest by publishing views on my industry - hard hitting insightful ways to do things. Then, when that failed, I went with publishing items on success and achievement - turns out there are far more relevant voices on that subject as well.
Finally, as a last ditch effort, I started publishing short pithy parables. It was something that I enjoyed writing, and I thought they were different, fresh, and unique (arguably, they still are all that). But they, too, got lost in the Interweb chatter - and finally after 3 years of writing them, I finished in November. Nothing new since then.
Last night, on a lark I checked how the site was doing:
You will notice that according the website, I periodically get over 500 hits a day. But looking at unique visitors, you see a different story:
A high of 54.
I post this, not from a sense of sadness (I have made my peace with the fact that writing will only ever be a hobby) but rather from a snapshot of the Interweb and how it works. My website, essentially, has become a stop off point for spammers, a place to hit on a semi-regular bases in hopes of getting to post a listing for something or other.
It will stand as a monument, mostly to myself and a fine reminder of the fact that numbers really never are what they appear.