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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Why this Viewing spike, at this blog.....when commentary is sparse?


11 Comments:

  • Rich,

    It's good news as far as readership goes and that should be the goal which you have consistently reached.

    As far as comments, that depends on the overall goal that you've set aside. Are comments that important? I myself will only comment when I've something to contribute...at least I think its a contribution. My lack of comment does not mean that I find your postings uninteresting, but believe that my ramblings would not advance any meaningful dialog.

    Your venture in the AI arena has sparked considerable interest with me as I'm growing tired of the UFO subject.

    Keep posting quality material as you have and we will read it. Let me say that personally your blog is the first that I go to...

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • Thank you Tim...

    I often post something with you in mind.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • Forgive my ignorance, but what constitutes a 'hit'? I may have asked this before.

    Does refreshing the screen after a lapse of, say, 10 minutes, constitute another 'hit'? If you write a comment but decide to erase it, does it add to the 'hit count'? I have read somewhere that these statistics mean little anyway.

    By Blogger cda, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • I have no real idea myself, CDA....

    (For me the measure of a good blog, is the quality, maybe quantity. of comments.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • CDA,

    I use Google Analytics to garner statistical aspects of my blog. No, I've nary a fraction of the hits that Rich receives (BTW, my typing this comment means that I've statistically hit on Rich's blog.)

    The analytics for my blog show 2 important aspects of visitors...new visitors and returning visitors. Which category is important? Depends on the goal or objectives set up by the blogger. I generally show 15 to 18 percent return visitors, the rest is new visitors. My original goal was to disseminate my theory on one or two UFO cases, ie Malmstrom AFB 1967 and a couple of Minot AFB cases. If I'm garnering 75 to 80 percent new viewers then I'm meeting my original objective.

    Comments on my site would be nice, but with some exceptions that tends not to be the case. A limitation that I've grown to accept.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • Rich wrote:

    "For me the measure of a good blog, is the quality, maybe quantity. of comments."

    I agree, and if I were blogging I would also think the same.

    I will venture a guess as to why there are spikes but no comments:

    1) Like most of us we tend to visit multiple bloggs on this topic. I'm certain ET proponents check in now and then with no intention of commenting. Secretly they want to know what skeptic's are up to.

    2) Comments bounce from one blog to another - believer and skeptic - so some come to read what others are posting here based on some comment they made over there.

    3) Personality can play into this also. Extroversion vs Introversion, a desire to be heard and have voice, and the need to express the ego all play into this.

    4) Some come only to research and grap factoids without ever planning to actually contribute.

    I first visited after the Slides Affair because of the rant and frustration some expressed about skeptic's here and elsewhere.

    By Blogger Brian Bell, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • Rich -

    I seem to remember a bureaucrat using the term "niggardly" in relation to some economic concept he was referencing and was chased from his job for being a racist. I know what it means but in the world today you must be careful in your use of language or the PC Police will be on you for something you clearly did not say or mean.

    By Blogger KRandle, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • Yes, but I hate to give up a good word because it has a warped connotation in today's politically correct society.

    (When I was doing the musical HAIR in Detroit during my previous life, a mother of one of the cast members I was dating , a black girl, called me a "white n*gger." I was proud to wear the epithet, until I found out, later, it was not meant nicely.)

    I told this anecdote at my Facebook media page, and a black TV reporter had a good laugh at it, not offended at all.

    Niggardly is a good word, unfortunately hemmed in by the "nigg" part of the alphabet sequence, but I wouldn't want to offend anyone....you know me (ahem).

    So, I'll change it. (Thanks for the advice Kevin.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • Rich -

    I didn't mean for you to change it. I used it as an excuse to bring up the ignorance of so many who see racism where it clearly isn't and reduce us all to things like the "n-word," which I don't understand because we all know what that means anyway... Sorry to drag this so far off topic.

    By Blogger KRandle, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • I appreciate your note Kevin.

    I had some trepidation about using niggardly (in place of sparse), but hated the idea of giving up that unique word.

    (I bet there would be a kerfuffle if someone brought up Conrad's book, The Nigger of the Narcissus.)

    Anyway, it was a good call on your part. I didn't want a slew of PC Police hackers attacking the blog.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, May 01, 2016  

  • Rich,

    I think the spike is an indication that some other site has picked up one of your stories and provided a link to you... unlike some blogs that pick up things you talk about and fail to give you credit for mentioning it...

    By Blogger Joel Crook, at Monday, May 02, 2016  

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