Dr D. suggested that her site just does not generate viewers in the same manner as a regular blog. Her clients are looking for a mobile vet, euthanasia, etc. I have mulled that over a number of times and then began reading other blogs- such as the Pet Roll Blog, the numerous blogs powered by Blogger, WordPress and so on. Individuals that are posting from other web hosts/sponsors get a fair amount of traffic and some of them get an un-told amount of traffic. But these are superb blogs.
One blog that I discovered via someone who blogs via Blogger listed as one of their favorites- Margaret and Helen. Folks if you have not read that blog you have truly missed some really, really funny stuff. This is one great blog that does not post pictures. There is no need. The lady that does virtually most of the blogging is funny f-u-n-n-y!
Am I complaining- as a matter of fact, of am. As I see it one has to more or less advertise themselves by linking to other sites- something that I am adverse to doing. But, if I continue to try to write a blog this is the skinny of how to attract readers. Oh yes, I almost forgot in my doddering mind, to remember I am 74 years and I should be celebrating that I am still alive and active
My only consulation is that at least or I think, that a spammer is better than no one viewing this site. One spammer complained that the (last or should I say past), were not written in my usual style. He seems to think I can do better than what I have been writing. I had no idea that I actually have better posts. In my own deluded mind I think all of the previously written posts have been about the same. Not really good but not really bad. I’ve read blogs that are simply blah, I mean really blah. Even those people get comments from viewers.
Actually, and it is apparent , I am not a writer- I just put something on the screen and call it a post. But since my writing has gotten so bad- among other things in my life, I have been kicked to the curb by a dear friend of about 55 years because she took offense of my complaining about old age cartoons that I asked her not to send anymore (via email). I wrote to her that I did not see anything funny about most of them. I really think that cartoons of older people or photographs of old people doing something that is supposed to be humerous or just plain stupid is an exploitation of the elderly. She wrote me back that she celebrates her age. What? Does she have a party every day when she finds she can still get out of bed? She further told me that she is not ashamed of her age. I did not not write her that I am ashamed of my age or that I try to hide my age. Lord I wish I could hide my age but there is no way to hide an entire body.
As an aside, in my favor, I was working full time at a very stressful job and keeping up with much younger women, until 20 months ago. The only reason that I stopped working was because my husband was very ill and he wanted to be at home. But I managed to get in not quite 35 years, working for the U.S. government when I quit a very good paying job.
Getting back to old age. Allow me to voice my feelings about old age. I have never hidden the fact that I am 74 years old- I feel it is a miracle that I got this far. I made it somehow in spite of myself. (I wrote some of these thoughts back to my ex-friend in California.) Apparently she did not find my comments amusing for she did not recant her note to me that she would no longer be in touch with me.
Yvonne, I’ve just read three of your (old) posts about spammers on your blog. Please don’t worry about them – blog spammers are not real people, they are bots that crawl the web looking for places to place ads to various commercial sites. There are ways that you can deal with them quite easily. The best way is to moderate all or some of your comments, that way they won’t get through.
Spam comments should be caught by the Akismet filter that all WordPress.com blogs have by default, but sometimes some of them get through. When they do, if you go to comment moderation on your dashboard, look below each comment, you’ll see various links (they only appear if your hover your cursor there). Click on the link marked ‘Spam’ and it will send it to Akismet where the program will gradually learn what it should and shouldn’t get rid of.
And ones that get into your posts: delete them immediately.
I’m going to be posting a guide to a page on my blog soon that I wrote some time ago, for newbie bloggers that will be of help to you, I’ll try to remember to let you know where it is when I post it.
Val, I wrote that really to complain that I was only getting comments from spammers and I should have said (none from real people). I have Akismet turned on and I moderate everthing. Nothing is posted until I read and approve it. But I have been blogging since October, 2010 and I learned a bit here and there along the way. I had meant to delete that spam post and that is one that I did not see. If you noticed- I have lots of work to delete those photos that did not move over from the old site. For some reason some photos moved over and others did not. Have no idea the reason for it.
But you really put some valuable info out there and it is gratifying so see when a blogger is so willing to help those of us that struggle on the Internet.
I appreciate all of your input and help.