Jane Cures Head Lice And Other Blogging Mysteries Solved

Apparently, I’ve cured head lice.

Single handedly.

On November 2nd I wrote about head lice here. And then, mysteriously, on November 19th, 17 days later, my blog stats took a gigantic leap and readership soared. Through the roof. So, I wrote about it here.

I’ve been riding that gravy train of popularity ever since. That is, until today. As suddenly as my readership soared, it plummeted.

Crashed.

Deep nose dive.

Everyone must have taken my advice, cured their head lice problem with simple tea tree oil solutions, thus wiping out head lice across the globe.

And I’m lonely.

Don’t get me wrong. I knew my popularity was fake. But that doesn’t stop a girl from pretending there are lots and lots of people out there reading her stuff, educating themselves and coming back for more.

But now, my stats are back where they used to be. And I want to know.

Was it something I said?

WordPress has this handy little year end feature where they put together stats on your blog. There was a little button so that I could share it with all of you but I chose not to. Then you’d all see how few truly read me and I didn’t want you few who do to feel like total losers. Just trying to save your tender hearts, that’s all.

WordPress told me that I should write more about head lice, burkas and Toddler’s & Tiaras. That’s what my readers want, apparently. But I can’t. Head lice makes me squeamish. Burkas make me lose readers because they think I’m a racist. And Toddler’s & Tiaras doesn’t deserve any more publicity. (So erase those last few sentences from your memory banks. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.)

I have readers (all 44 of you) from six of the seven continents. Most from the US and Canada. That means that 21 of you are from North America. Nine of you are from Europe. Six from Australia. Five from South America. Two from Asia and one from Africa. (This is just a guess. An uneducated one. And 44? Just the number of hits I had at the moment I began writing this post. But I like playing with numbers. And pretending, apparently.) 

Here’s where it really gets interesting….

One of my greatest referral sites, besides Google and WordPress, is the sweet Bibliomama from up yonder. (That means Canada.) So, thank you, Bibliomama. I have a feeling it’s because Blogspot has that handy dandy feature that you employ on your sidebar. You know, the one that advertises the latests blog post titles of the writers in your Blogroll. Thank you for using this feature. I love it, myself. And I’m grateful that I have an honored spot in your Blogroll.

I, like any other blogger, like comments. Here on my blog, that is. Finding the time to read everyone out there that I want to read and then comment – that’s another story. But comments here? Welcomed and encouraged.

My top 5 commenters are:

1. Big Little Wolf at Daily Plate of Crazy

2. Dawn King from Dawn King

3. Faemom from Faemom

4. Katy Beth from My Odd Family

and last, but certainly not least….

5. TKW from The Kitchen Witch

You ladies are the bomb! Thank you, a million thank yous, for popping in here to see what I’ve written and then commenting even though I seem to have a hard time getting around to that myself. It’s nice to know I’m not writing to wind. I promise to make the effort to do a better job of commenting. I promise.

My little WordPress annual report was entertaining. And it reminded me to thank the readers who read me, which I should do more often.

Thank you! All of you!

And to the readers who are no longer coming here because, through my humble blog, I’ve cured your head lice situation?

You’re welcome.

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14 responses to “Jane Cures Head Lice And Other Blogging Mysteries Solved

  1. I don’t beat myself about my stats anymore. I’m not searchable on Google anyway. I had an unbelievable surge of activity when I wrote a blog post that was featured on another board. My blog went mad but it soon went back to normal afterwards, maybe I gained a few more readers but nothing too exciting. I don’t mind, I’m not trying to draw in a massive crowd, just ones that enjoy reading my blog.

    I have about 140 people that subscribe to my blog through Google Reader, and I’m delighted that that many people want to read the crap I write. I know I could gain loads more followers doing giveaways and blog hops but that’s just not my style really.

    Your posts are now emailed to me so I find it much easier to keep track on new posts when you write them. :)

  2. I never look at my stats. Ever. I stopped because it made me kinda nutty. :)

    • Yes. There is the chance that I’m going to over think my fake popularity. But if you haven’t already figured it out….I mostly use my stats to inspire blog posts when I’m uninspired. ;)

  3. The inexplicable stat high is the best feeling in the world… and the random drops in views are major bummers. I’ve learned (read: made this up to make myself feel better) that there isn’t much rhyme or reason to the highs and lows. I like to think on my lowest days that every one of my readers had a really important doctors appointment at the same time… sometimes they are “at the doctor” for weeks!

  4. I’m still here! And you’re way ahead of me on those stats. I wish WP had let me have one of those funky reports, I seem to be the only one who didn’t get one!!!! ;)

  5. Carol

    The stats can be unnerving sometimes. I don’t check them as often as I used to because I was making myself crazy – but then, I don’t post as often as I used to either. And I don’t comment as often – some days the mind just decides to hibernate. It has its own protective device like that.
    Thank you for curing my head lice. I thought about going away and not coming back once that was taken care of, but decided to be loyal. That, and I like to read your stuff

  6. gaelicpearl

    After having their head-lice cured by your fantastic remedy, smart readers would have stuck around to see what other gems you had to share with them. I stumbled across your blog through a link on a friend’s blog a few months ago and have been reading ever since. Maybe you don’t have a lot of readers, but those of us who stick around love to hear what you have to say. Seeing an email update from your blog in my inbox always brings a smile to my face. And whatever I am doing I stop so I can find out what new things Jane has to say. :)

  7. I very seldom look at my stats and I am not sure exactly what trading comments does for a blog so I read and comment if I have something to say–and I usually do. If you do want to write for a larger audience all it takes it a larger chunk of time–or so I have read….but take heart –you have found your niche…so please never feel lousy: :-)

  8. Hmmmm…didn’t know WordPress did all data accumulation, or that we could see it. I’m at WordPress too, but hosted through a friend, so don’t know if I have access to all that. Would be interesting. Did NOT know I was one of your top commentators.. I feel like I don’t get over here often enough! :) I DO really like reading your stuff though.

  9. About 7 posts into blogging my post was “freshly pressed”. I received an email about it but had no idea what it would do until my stats went wild and comments started arriving almost by the minute. And then everything went back to normal.

    But I’ve discovered the secret!! Yup. A recent post was, apparently, somewhat controversial and BOOM! my stats quadrupled. I think I need to accuse someone of bestiality next :)

  10. One of my most flippant blogs, ‘Ungrateful Children’ continues to pile up visitors even after a year. Almost makes me not want to try anymore.

    I’m here because I enjoy you — with or without the head lice!

  11. The head lice are just cold. They’ll be back, and so will the fickle masses who deserted you. Those of us who adore you for who you are will just have to tolerate your wit and wisdom and lice-free burkas for a while.

    I think we can handle it. ;-)

  12. The stats make me a little crazy. They are addicting and in the end, I don’t know what they REALLY mean. It’s enough that people read and comment and I am able to make connections in this space.

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