Thursday, 1 August 2013

You Are Not As Popular As You Think!


One look at my " encouraging " blog stats, and I could be forgiven in thinking that Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainments would be soon snapping up the film rights of  Going Gently ( with Russell Crowe playing me, Bradley Cooper as Chris and a delightful cameo performance from Helen Mirren as Auntie Glad)
Alas, I don't think that these stats always give the budding blog writer the full picture.
In between Google, and odd referral sites such as fif-course and Feedly reader ....genuine Going Gently fans are not as common as loose knicker elastic is in a whorehouse.
It's good to remember this fact.
" you are never as popular as you think you are"
Such should be blogger's mantra.
Having said all this
As soon as I reach my 1 millionth page view
I'm opening the champagne
I am as shallow as the next old Queen !
Hey Ho
Off to bed now for an hour....night shift last night

78 comments:

  1. Night shift sucks.

    Congrats on the awesome numbers!

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    1. It's all bollocks mr bum

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  2. I get some pretty disgusting sounding stat names on the list, and even some of the innocuous ones I've learnt the hard way not to open! Funny old world...

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  3. such an attention whore!

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    1. BK you. Have never been so correct

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  4. I dunno, I think you're pretty damn popular! 593 followers, after all. :)

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    1. Only a quarter comment though x

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  5. If all your followers were to arrive en masse at your open day, you'd think yourself pretty popular indeed! The shine might wear off a bit when we all insisted on coming in to see the knick-knacks in the living room and staying over for breakfast.

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    1. Imagine all the scones Aunty Gladys would have to make...she'd be in heaven!
      Jane x

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    2. Maybe we should all plan this behind the scenes and give him a real shock .....hehehe.

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    3. Anytime susan xxx

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    4. Alison..... It would be lovely to meet you there

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  6. You deserve every moment of attention you get, John! That's just the way it is!

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  7. To a blogger with only 34 followers, your stats seem pretty darn impressive! Haha :)

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    1. It's not the quantity but the quality x

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    2. True story, John!

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  8. That is amazing. But not really, seeing as folk like me log in every day just to check on your welfare :~)
    Yes, I am Sarah and I am a Johngreyoholic.

    For the last few years I've been using statcounter to stalk my stalkers. When 'blogger stats' came in I went, 'Phht.' Blogger stats are pissweak (Australian lingo for a cheap shitty thing that does not deliver the goods).
    SC don't include the bots or spammers and it is a much better indication of who is visiting you when and from where. Trooly.

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    1. But I'll still crack that ether bottle with you x

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    2. I'm easily pleased tee hee

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  9. It is criminal that you are not world renowned. And not for nothing, Russell Crowe may be a reader so...

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    1. Fifi.....I suspect he does.....

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  10. I ignore stats, John. Not least because I do not wish to be popular with people who steal from my blog, "follow me" yet can't be arsed to comment.

    Once Spielberg gets his head round "Going Gently" please do put a good word in for me to write the script, do the casting (no couch needed - bosoms will do) and, if neither of the two, may I play one of your many hens. I'll even lay an egg. On demand if not command. As long as that Tom doesn't feature. Stephenson will be fine.

    A goat's greetings,
    U

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    1. I was thinking that someone feisty could play you
      Joan rivers perhaps

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  11. You inspired me to look to mine. The lower line said 30, and the upper line 60. How come yours are 25,000 and 50,000; did you cheat?

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    1. The graph is an " all time" figure
      I have around 45 thousand hits a month
      Most of it rubbish like Sarah said

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    2. Nah, he's just v.v interesting! Like something you know you should put down, but you just can't. That do it for you JG?

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  12. I have been keeping track of page views and realized that they are mostly from spammers who are trying to leave ads in old blogs comments. I recently found 378 "comments" on an old Christmas blog from 2009 that were selling prescription drugs (viagra, cialis, soma, tramadol, etc.) without a prescription. I finally changed to comment moderation and it stopped but my stats show that multiple attempts are made on a daily basis to spam certain old posts. The most popular ones are titled "Thirsty Thursday" and "The Butter-Nut Conspiracy".

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  13. I must say that I got pretty fired up when I saw all the people in Russia (!?) that are apparently riveted by my blog, and then became a bit suspicious. However as an infant in the blogging world, with a massive 8 followers, I figured I shouldn't quibble.
    But please know that I am a genuine GG groupie.

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    1. I was just thinking the other day, "wow, I'm HUGE in Russia!" LOL :)

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    2. I am huge in Trelawnyd xx

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    3. Computer programmer friend says everything from Russia or eastern Europe is someone trying to take over your computer.

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  14. You are MY favourite blogger John and as far as I am concerned that is all that matters.

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  15. We've a bottle in the fridge too ....just waiting for an excuse to celebrate! Mind you, our wedding anniversary may come before your millionth, but we'll toast your progress to date.

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    1. I should make my million page view by November tee hee

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  16. You are very popular with me !
    I look for your blog and Weavers first.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. That's sweet of you my Scottie friend

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  17. Woof!

    You have a fan here who is stalking you.

    (Evil laughter) Heheheheh

    Love,
    Homer

    PS: Great blog. We love it. :)

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    1. Homer you are a sweetie x

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  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98wVFsIt-MQ

    "its not as much as what we have in this life that matters,its what we do with it, that matters most..."

    hugs to ((((john))))

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  19. It'll be so schmaltzy if Spielberg gets the film rights

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    1. But with john williams' music ... It will be a real sob fest........
      Too

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  20. But can Mr Crowe sing as well as I'm sure that you can, surrounded by all those melodious Welsh influences? I doubt it, judging from his turn in Les Mis. I imagine you having a magnificent Stentorian tenor voice, scattering all the sheep for miles around - AND all those would-be bestiality-inclined dirty old men lurking in the bushes!

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    1. I can hold a tune ray.. But have not got the balls to join our village choir as yet.... One day eh?

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  21. Go you Mr Popular!

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    1. Says she....... Mz classy!

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  22. So many noughts after the numbers in your stats. I checked mine. I have a four for Monday, a five for Tuesday, I even got a nine today but no noughts after them. Does that mean I am REALLY unpopular?

    Yours sincerely
    Crushed
    Angola

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    1. No, just as sadly normal as the rest of us Hippo.

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    2. I suspect most 90% of mine is spam

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    3. Both of you are too kind. I love you nevertheless!

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  23. Bradley Cooper??? Not even in a fantasy world...

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  24. Oh, yeah. Bradley Cooper. What were we talking about? Oh. Stats. I thought I was really popular until a computer programmer explained to me that a lot of my Google +1 stuff is spambot. Woe is I. Tell Spielberg I'll edit the script.

    Love,
    Janie

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  25. I'm NOT as popular as I think?? Good grief man, there goes what's left of my self esteem. I am heart broken.

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  26. John, I'm definitely ready to visit Wales again! I'd love to meander up to your door as a surprise. Of course, I'd need to find the airfare $$ first!

    Nancy in Iowa

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    1. Nancy anytime.......anytime x

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  27. Oh shut it, you old queen (hint of jealousy in voice).

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    1. Turns on heels and flounces

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  28. I'm incredibly popular in Russia AND Indonesia.

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  29. I reckon half of my visitors come from some dodgy porn site. How is that happening? Only seven to go before you hit 600 and one to go before I hit 70. I'm with Tom on this one....more than a hint.

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    1. I found you through a dodgy animal porn-site, Em - John's.

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  30. Of course you have to bear in mind that half your visitors only come to your blog in search of hot men in budgie smugglers or pleasing photos of tranquil Welsh landscapes. As soon as they discover it's all about a scruffy middle-aged guy who's obsessed with animals they disappear again.

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    1. Fickle Nickle, that's all I can say!

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    2. Oh nick... A few might have found me a real catch eh?

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  31. It's the summer doldrums, that's all.

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  32. I don't pay any attention to the numbers. Never have. I don't have my blog to get a lot of readers. Just a few, whom I read first, really.

    Good luck to your millionth viewer! Maybe you could send them a little gift when it happens. ;-)

    *hugs* ♥

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  33. I think you should have a practice run with the champagne - name the date and I'll join the rush to Trelawnyd.
    Seriously, I LOVE your blog and it's number one on my bookmark header. Mwah! Mwah! Mwah!

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  34. what in heavens name is a "budgie smuggler"?

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  35. That's funny, Russell Crowe is playing me as well.

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  36. I'm a fan.Yours is the only blog that makes me laugh out loud.I have been known to spray the screen with tea!I wish I lived nearer, I too would pop in for tea and scones. Liz 2b

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  37. I'm impressed John. I am an avid GG blog fan and try never to miss a post. You're the best!

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  38. Left a little ditty for you over at mine, when you've finished swooning over all this adulation!lol You'll have to trawl through all the knitting script first! Coming here's a bit like listening to The Archers or watching Jackanory - I love a good story.That is all. x

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  39. That's why I don't mess around with stats because I don't want to get side-tracked into relying on it as a way of gageing (however that word is spelt)whether my blog is ok or not.
    Why not just crack open that bottle for every post instead, it makes far more sense :)

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  40. I am sceptical about the stats. For a start I think when I read my own posts, that counts. A google search and a single click does not mean anything is read. But on the other hand, do rss readers count? I read most on an rss reader unless I want to comment.

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