Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On Viewers

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.


hobo said...

I get the same feeling, too, sometimes. Except I know I am no writer and my grammar is not all that great. My daughter gets an eye twitch reading my posts!

Hang in there. I enjoy your posts, if that is any consolation. ;^)

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Thanks Hobo! It is. A fair time ago it became less about number of viewers and more for my own pleasure and for the readers that do read.

LindaG said...

That is what is important. That you do it for you (and maybe for your readers), because you are the one who has to be happy doing what you do.
Hope you all have a blessed week. :)

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Thanks Linda. Once I came to terms with this, life became easier.