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In which i’m shallow

Just in case you thought I wasn’t shallow, I’m here to tell you that I am and here’s why.  I love my stats.  I mean, I OBSESSIVELY check my stats.  MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY; perhaps even EACH HOUR.

 

I like to look at how many people checked out my blog and THEN I like to check out where they came from, how long they were on, how many pages they read; you get the drift.  So, each day I check out my stats a billion times a day.  I’ve been blogging a year now and the numbers have increased but I’m not a “Big” blogger by any stretch of the imagination.

 

And that’s why I love StumbleUpon.  Now honestly, I couldn’t actually tell you how this entire StumbleUpon thing works but I can tell you that when somebody stumbles you, your numbers increases EXPONENTIALLY.  Yeah, yeah, yeah I get that those numbers are hyper-inflated because a lot of people can view your page without actually reading it but I DON’T CARE.

 

The sheer excitement of seeing those super-inflated numbers is enough to make my day.  See what I mean by shallow?  Even though I KNOW that those people aren’t actually becoming fans of All Fooked Up and there’s absolutely no guarantee that they’ll ever come back, I get a perverse thrill.

 

See, I’m not one of those people who are writing “just for the art” or “just as a way to express myself.”  NOPE, I’m writing for you guys.  Even when I was just writing my book it was because I thought that my experiences were funny as hell at that I should write it all down.  Do I feel some satisfaction when I write a good blog post? (If any of my posts could actually be considered good)  OF COURSE I DO!

 

When I write sometime sage (rarely by the way) I feel great about sharing my hard worn experiences and when I write something funny (also rare) then I’m so excited that I have to call my entire family and tell them.  Of course, that means my kids then ridicule me but I can deal with that.  The sheer excitement of writing a decent post makes the entire thing worthwhile for me.

 

But don’t kid yourself. (Or me) I write these posts because I enjoy the feedback.  Like anyone else who thinks they’re amusing (and trust me, that’s way more people than it should be) funny people like acknowledgement.  My kids always tell me that I’m so busy being my own biggest fan that I don’t need them to think I’m funny.  NOT TRUE!  Every once in a great while my kids will throw me a bone and admit I amuse them.  Of course, then they turn around and tell me what a crap mom I am.  While that’s true, I always deny it.

 

So, about being shallow.  Yeah, I like feedback and I like hits.  So, to the person who submits me to StumbleUpon and gets me thousands of hits, I thank you.

 

From the bottom of my shallow heart.

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27 Comments

  1. Lola
    July 30, 2011

    I totally get this! I think checking my stats is the “new” checking the scale!

    • Lynn
      July 30, 2011

      I know…it drives me nuts though

  2. gramps
    July 30, 2011

    Hell, now I feel obligated to comment!!!!!
    Well, actually, I do enjoy you and look forward to reading you every day or how ever often you write something.
    So there! Have a great day

    • Lynn
      July 30, 2011

      Thanks….just tell all your friends. You don’t have to comment..just spread the word

  3. Marinka
    July 30, 2011

    I know that there are people who don’t check their stats, but I don’t understand them.

    • Lynn
      July 30, 2011

      I’m always terribly excited when I hear from you…you count as 10 people for me!

  4. liz
    July 30, 2011

    Hey, I love that you are unabashedly proud of your “All About Lynn” intentions. :)

    • Lynn
      July 30, 2011

      I always admit my faults! After all, I have so many…

  5. julie
    July 30, 2011

    I am not a blogger, just a regular reader, but I get it. And now I feel like I am part of the “cool club” because 2 of your comments came from bloggers that I adore – Lola and Marinka. You chicks rock! Happy sculpting!!

    • Lynn
      July 31, 2011

      Thanks…im always thrilled when Marinka comments

  6. Name *
    July 30, 2011

    … in which you’ve found a fellow shallow friend. Me :) lol.

    I hope this comment would make you giddy with happiness… at least for a few seconds. Love your post as always!

    • Lynn
      July 31, 2011

      It did…it does

  7. Andra Harding
    July 30, 2011

    I actually “stumbled” while reading over on Thebloggess. Your page is on her sidebar, and, I got a kick out of the drinking comment!

    • Lynn
      July 31, 2011

      Hahaha…welcome…and thanks for checking me out

    • NightVisions
      August 4, 2011

      Found this blog the same way-from a link at Thebloggess. I’ve probably been here an hour now…but I guess Lynn will know for sure when she checks her stats. ;)

      • Lynn
        August 4, 2011

        Hahaha…I will!

  8. Nolie
    July 30, 2011

    I often wonder if there is a stat checked anonymous support group.

    • Lynn
      July 31, 2011

      Should be…it’s ridiculous but I can’t stop

  9. Purple Stinky Onion
    July 31, 2011

    I love your blog, I found it on The Bloggess, I red your post often, you make me laugh as much as Jenny, which somedays I REALLY need!!

    • Lynn
      July 31, 2011

      Thanks for finding me…I love your name BTW

  10. RCB
    July 31, 2011

    That can’t be a coincidence, Lynn… Last night I felt compelled to confess to the world that “I’m RC and I’m a blogaholic” (which took a few drinks, though) (http://rcbenglishclass.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-name-is.html). I’m so glad to hear you’ve got what it takes to do the same. Do you also attend BBA meetings? (Big-mouthed Bloggers Anonymous) Well, at least you’re a blogger who actually reads her feedback. I’ve seen others who feel they’re just too high up there on that mountain of theirs to ever respond to anyone, so I think I’m gonna jinx them tonight, asking the god of blogworld to take them down in some mighty avalanche. All of them at the same time. What do you say? Too cruel?

    – Thumbs up from across the Atlantic!

    P.S. I love that sentence of yours: “My kids always tell me that I’m so busy being my own biggest fan that I don’t need them to think I’m funny.” Now THAT’S funny.

    • Lynn
      July 31, 2011

      Not even the first time I heard that either

  11. By Word of Mouth Musings
    August 1, 2011

    Hey, i just like you anyway i get you ;)

  12. Tonja
    August 4, 2011

    Love your writings…loved the Hertz ordeal!

    • Lynn
      August 4, 2011

      Thank you..it’s comments like this that keep me plugging along

  13. Cult of Hotness
    August 5, 2011

    I found your blog on Bloggess, snooped around, and came across this post, which made me laugh. My co-author just gave me a talking-to this morning over MY love of the stats page (because as you pointed out, not everyone reads a the blog, but they looked, they LOOKED!!). Point being – I feel ya.

    • Lynn
      August 5, 2011

      Hahaha…I totally get that and I can’t even help.

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