Blogger, in its unceasing quest to please its public, has some innovations. There is a system to weed out spam comments, which leaves, clogging up my comments box, the Taiwanese person whose name consists of a series of question marks who offers me links to among other things 'Taiwanese beautiful woman' and 'Taiwanese handsome fellow', and whose blogs (Luxgirl 1 & 2) I'm sure I've used my precious time already to follow back to in order to flag them as spam, yet this spam filter plops my comment to a blog I visit regularly in her spam bin just because it contains a link to a poetry site in German.
Can anyone please clear this up for me? On the one hand it is said that comment spam links should not be followed because doing so puts one at risk from malware etc on the spam blogs, on the other Blogger and others request and advise that you flag those blogs as spam in order to help them to control them, which you can't do without following the spammer's links. What should one do? I know I've asked this before, but I've yet to receive an answer. I suppose I should go to 'known issues' or something.
The other thing they've done is to introduce built-in stats. I've always prided myself on not having any kind of statcounter, sitemeter, feedjit thing or anything. This is not because of any false humility or high-mindedness that claims that I care not one whit for my standing in the eyes of the world as measured by page views, but because I knew if I had one I'd become obsessed with it and always be checking my stats and wondering why so-an-so didn't come any more and what was I doing wrong and feeling ill-used by a fickle and uncaring public. Now Blogger have put it in front of me like a bottle of vodka before an incipient alcoholic. I know, I don't have to look at it, but while my resolve could be held when it meant not making the effort to find and download the stat counter, if it is there anyway, I am simply too weak to resist.
So, that's where I've been, poring over dips and spikes and maps and pie charts, and who came from where, then of course I get to wondering and worrying, are my stats normal, are they big or small, what is the average and what should I expect, and is size important or is it what you do with it that counts, and why is my brother's guest post last year on cats still getting more hits than anything I've done, and how on earth did anyone arrive on Box Elder by googling something like 'middle toe shorter than the one on the other side' (I entered it myself and ploughed through at least ten search pages and still couldn't find any possible link)?
I'm sure all the rest of you who have always had stat things in place, and for whom they occupy a healthy but not disproportionate place in your blogging experience, wonder what on earth I'm getting in such a state about, but I suppose it's like being exposed to an infection when you've never had a chance to build up your immunities.
I even found myself reading articles and surveys on blogging, and now I feel all rather sullied. However I did find this old but still rather amusing glossary of blogging terms while I was about it. I learned that what I'm doing now is meta-blogging (I'm still rather hazy about the concept of 'meta' in general ), ie blogging on about blogging, which I affect to despise but still find myself doing rather a lot of, while an obnoxious person who is a nuisance in comment boxes might be called a blogroach (which is better than the frequently misused troll which has a more specific application), that Francophone blogs are sometimes known as frogblogs and, rather more wittily, Dutch-language ones are clogblogs, and that the affliction from which I have been suffering since being deprived of my statistical innocence is hitnosis. So I suppose I am wiser if a little sadder.
I daresay I'll get over it eventually, and find the time to post properly and relatively unselfconsciously once more. Meanwhile, as this is really a photo-blog when all's said and done (according to a nice anglophone site about Brittany with a blog index which has been sending people over to me unbeknownst to me until it came up as a referring site in my new stats thing, and who am I to argue...) here are some photos of pretty flowers, which will continue to feature here.