Tuesday, January 17, 2006
This is curious
OK. We all know that I'm a stat-ho. Whenever I log into my blog - I read my comments, check my blog list of fav blogs, and then.. oh joy!... then I log into stat counter and check my blog activity. It's so much... FUN!!!!!!!!!!!

I love seeing who visits me, and from where in the world they are. I'll admit it's thrilling for me. But I'm nerdy that way.

Now - this is in no way a repeat call for lurkers. DO NOT THINK THAT! Because I'm tired of asking who you are. I think I've ferreted out most of you, and I just want to tell all of you "HI!! NICE TO MEET YOU!! SO GLAD YOU VISIT ME!! YOU MAKE ME FEEL SPECIAL!" Because you (collective you) do.

But there is one person that just baffles me. And don't worry - I'm not going to single you out by doing something like posting your IP addy, but you have me CURIOUS!

WHY? Why do you read my blog from end-to-end, then turn around the next day and do it all over again?? My stat counter shows 99 entries from this one person ... TODAY. I know it's not the cumulative total of entries, because I did the 'show detail' button thingie and all of the entries made are dated TODAY. And I noticed you did this earlier this week. It's got me wondering. Are you re-reading every single one of my posts because you are really REALLY enjoying it, (but I doubt I'm THAT interesting), or because I've typed something to offend you and you are learning every single thing you can about me so you can show up on my doorstep and blow me away?? I'm very intrigued....and a little nervous.

Now - I love that people actually return to read me, and I love it even more when people comment and 'talk' to me via this blog thing... but to enter that many times to my blog and never say HI? It's pretty much a cyber prank call!!

Let me tell you... everyone - EVERYONE is welcome to read this blog. After all - it IS on the 'net, and I'd never tell anyone to stop coming here, unless they got me uber-pissed, but that's hard to do.

I'm just curious why you read my blog the way you do....

posted by Norman at 8:24 PM | Permalink |


  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 5:46:00 AM, Blogger Greg the Surly

    Perhaps they use your blog as a portal to link to the other blogs. Maybe, your even their home page. How special would that make you feel?

  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 6:35:00 AM, Blogger rebecca marie

    maybe they are like me...

    1) open blog to read
    2) get distracted
    3) leave blog open
    4) allow small child to click refresh for an hour
    5) what was i doing?

  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 6:36:00 AM, Blogger Michael

    Hitting refresh will indicate a new page read as well. I imagine they are sitting with your blog open and hit refresh a few or 99 times a day. That way they can see if anything new was posted including comments. (Hey lurker )

    Why are you surprised. What's not to love about you?

    Take Care

  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 6:36:00 AM, Blogger rebecca marie

    also, do you know greg? my friend thinks he's real pretty. i do too, by the way, but i gots me a mister...

    lookie lookie greg, how to find love via blog commenting 101.

  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:20:00 AM, Blogger Tammy

    Fine. I'll stop. You are so bossy.

  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:25:00 AM, Blogger momyblogR

    Yeah, that's a little spooky. Man, between your house and your blog you are like Halloween all year, lol!

    Be good!

  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:14:00 AM, Blogger pack of 2

    I read you Norm because you fucking make me laugh out loud everyday and you're very real. I know what you mean about the stat counter. I was looking at ours yesterday and someone had spent 12 hours reading....who could that be? Then I try to track the area they're from to figure out if it's someone that I know. Who knows? Maybe Jennifer Aniston is stalking us on our blog? Yeah....I WISH. As long as my relatives don't find me I guess I don't really care.;)


  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Well, I visit your blog because it is funny to me as well. I get bored at work, so this passes the time. I have never commented, but I don't think I am the 99 time person in one day either LOL. Nice to "meet" you. Angie

  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:56:00 PM, Blogger Cacti to Cornfields

    norm! i "found" you on random blog-a-rama that one time ago and have been reading ever since. i read because your blog is fantastic and i love your writing style (plus i love the ghostie tales.) if you're not already writing for SNL... you SHOULD! sometimes i go back to your older entries to re-read because i need the laughs (hey, i live in a smallish crappy town now that SUCKS and i need some entertainment!) thanks for the sanity checks, too!

  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:17:00 PM, Blogger Freak Magnet

    Wouldn't it be a riot if we found out that counter was tracking Norm's visits to her own site? :D

  • At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:41:00 PM, Blogger Norman

    Greg - I would think it was the portal thing, cause occasionally - I catch myself doing that very same thing, but this person is actually clicking on my archive and going through the old entries one by one, then the next day they do it all over again. (I can see it on the detail report, cause I magnify the user) Same with the home page idea, although - yes, that WOULD make me feel special!!

    Rebecca - no .. no it's not a refresh thing - they keep clicking on the different posts...


    Michael - my husband will tell ANYONE that there's LOTS about me NOT to love... he's a nerd. But no - it's not a refresh thing..

    Rebecca (again!!) - every single freaking time that Greggie-poo posts on here, some chick flips out. I swear he's got more women in love with him than Ashton Kutcher. He IS a hottie though... ain't he?

    Momyblogr... TRICK OR TREAT!!

    Pack of 2(Angie) - did I tell you I'm Jennifer Aniston in disguise?? I just pop on my ugly Norman face to trick ya'll....

    Anonymous Angie - HI!! Thanks for compliments! I promise I wasn't griping about people reading - I'm just curious as to the person who is reading over & over... (btw - today they've entered my archives 43 times)

    cacti to cornfields... you know - I always send material to SNL and they just keep telling me to back off and then they send me restraining orders..

    Freak Magnet - it's not ME!! IT'S NOT!! LOL

  • At Thursday, January 19, 2006 9:32:00 AM, Anonymous asterismos

    I do not have a blog so I do not know how all this bloggy stat stuff works. I read your blog via RSS feed (which you have turned on) Could it be that?

  • At Thursday, January 19, 2006 10:00:00 AM, Blogger Stormieweather

    I forget how I found your blog, somehow on Blogger I'm sure. I'm not familiar with any of the stat and RSS stuff. So can you tell by our IP address where we live and who we are? I don't want to be lurked at! :) Maybe it's some sort of SPAM thing - I get SPAM e-mail for anything slightly matching my e-mail name. I have looked at past ghost post though.

  • At Thursday, January 19, 2006 6:29:00 PM, Blogger Norman

    what's RSS???!!!

    Asterismos, I don't think it's you, because you comment!!


  • At Thursday, January 19, 2006 7:09:00 PM, Anonymous asterismos

    An rss feed is a way to get consolidated postings of a blog or a news site (or well just any kind of site i guess can have them)(my definition-not offical- so I may be wrong in my description). You can be alerted for any changes to pages. It loads up seperately in a generically formatted page in your browser (looks the same for all sites). It keeps me from spending too much time reloading everyones pages to see if they have an updated posting, but it is kind of distracting because I feel compelled to check whoevers blog (or whatever news site) when new stories are posted. Some people have it turned on and some don't who belong to the same blog service so I guess it is some kind of setting that can be turned on or off.

  • At Thursday, January 19, 2006 7:18:00 PM, Anonymous asterismos

    Official description- RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it's not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the "recent changes" page of a wiki, a changelog of CVS checkins, even the revision history of a book. RSS-aware programs called news aggregators are popular in the weblogging community. Many weblogs make content available in RSS. A news aggregator can help you keep up with all your favorite weblogs by checking their RSS feeds and displaying new items from each of them.
    - o'reilly xml.com

    RSS is a family of XML dialects for Web syndication used by (among other things) news websites and weblogs.
    The technology of RSS allows Internet users to subscribe to websites that have provided RSS feeds; these are typically sites that change or add content regularly.

    The web browser I use has a news agggregator built-in.


  • At Friday, January 20, 2006 4:24:00 AM, Blogger Aric Blue

    Man, Norman, you got too much time on your hands!

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