Sometimes I worry about WordPress. Is it all a big con? Are those of us who use it, coming up with new material and spend hours preparing, reviewing and posting all collectively part of a huge high school joke?
Why do I say this?
Well consider this:
In the early hours of 30th December I received 124 hits in one hour on a post about the film ‘Shirley Valentine’ and the Greek Island of Mykonos on my archive blog ‘Another bag, more travel’ – http://anotherbagmoretravel.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/the-greek-islands-mykonos-and-shirley-valentine/.
WordPress even sent me a congratulatory note to say that my hits were booming – up from an average of 3 an hour to over 130 in this short snapshot!
I was delighted of course but suspicious. Unbelievable – that’s exactly what I thought.
What is interesting is that the film ‘film ‘Shirley Valentine’ was shown on UK television late the previous evening and the search engine terms feature seemed to suggest that this might be a factor especially when linked to the fact that most of these hits apparently came from the UK.
Of course I was almost ecstatic about this but when I checked the post I began to become sceptical. I checked the search engine terms through Google and none of them led to my blog. Out of 124 hits there was not a single comment, no additional likes, no clicks and no new post ratings and I find that rather strange. 124 people allegedly came to my post and not one of them left a single footprint. Don’t you think that is odd? Usually when I visit a post I leave a comment or a like (unless I really don’t like it) because it just seems to be good manners. Is it possible that 124 people visited this page and none of them liked it, none of them wanted to leave a comment? Not even to say that it was rubbish?
So now I am getting very suspicious.
This probably shouldn’t be a surprise but when I search the site I have noticed that the same few bloggers appear over and again. Perhaps this is inevitable because, after all, I am fishing in a big pond for people and blogs with similar interests to my own, they comment on mine, I comment on theirs, they like mine and I like theirs and so on. So where do all these other hits come from and why do they leave no apparent trail? Maybe there are really only a couple of hundred of us here banging out daily posts and looking at each others posts, commenting and liking!
Do you think I am being paranoid, am I a conspiracy theorist? Well now consider this:
According to WordPress stats my most popular post is https://apetcher.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/norway-haugesund-and-the-vikings/ with a massive 24,048 (well, I think it is massive) hits since I posted it on March 2nd 2011 but despite that huge number it has only 16 comments (and 6 of these are mine in response to others) and only 34 likes – just .14%!
On a second blogging site ‘New Light through Old Windows’ I have a post about the Robin (the bird not the Reliant or Batman’s pal) and WordPress tells me that it has 27,477 hits (3,000 more than the popular Vikings post on ‘Have Bag, will Travel’) and I think you will agree with me that that is a lot but this has only 9 comments and 4 of them are mine and only 13 likes (only .05% of all the people who stopped by here).
I have raised the issue with WordPress through the support forum but whilst some topics get an immediate response to all sorts of dopey questions my enquiry has been left hanging without a reply. Somebody just got a response after 3 seconds to the question ‘features not functioning’. Or did they? Have I uncovered something sinister?
Makes you think doesn’t it? Are we all wasting our time? I would be interested in your views…