Tag: frustration

Spamalytics

Spamalytics

I’m not counting this as part of my blogathon, I just had to share it.

I went to Google Analytics to check up on my blog traffic, and there was a peculiar entry. Apparently, almost 20% of my traffic in the last month came from referrals from a particular domain, which I had never heard of.

Huh, I thought. That’s interesting.

When I looked closer, though, some things stood out. Every single one of those visits came from a new user, which was odd. What’s more, every one of them bounced–hit a page on my site and left without exploring anywhere else. To cap it off, each of them visited for precisely 0 seconds.

This was really weird, so I looked up the site.

It’s a goddamn SEO1SEO stands for “search engine optimization”, and refers to the tactics webmasters take to ensure their content ranks highly in search engine results. company.

I can’t decide whether I love or hate this. On the one hand, it’s really clever advertising; someone who’s checking their website analytics is also likely going to care about SEO. It plays off of human curiosity–you see this unexplained referrer in your analytics and go and check it out. The result feels a bit like a discovery.

It’s clever… but it’s also spam. With 100% new users, 100% bounce rate, and 0-second session lengths, this is entirely unnecessary traffic. It clutters my analytics report. If more businesses start doing this, I’ll have to wade through a bunch of unsolicited advertising just to get a meaningful look at my website analytics. And that’s really damn obnoxious.

So, points for ingenuity, company-whom-I-shall-not-name. Demerits for being obnoxious as hell.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. SEO stands for “search engine optimization”, and refers to the tactics webmasters take to ensure their content ranks highly in search engine results.

The leaders of Myanmar and Belarus, or Thailand and Russia, can now rightly say to us “You went after Wikileaks’ domain name, their hosting provider, and even denied your citizens the ability to register protest through donations, all without a warrant and all targeting overseas entities, simply because you decided you don’t like the site. […]

Hypocrisy? What’s that?

The leaders of Myanmar and Belarus, or Thailand and Russia, can now rightly say to us “You went after Wikileaks’ domain name, their hosting provider, and even denied your citizens the ability to register protest through donations, all without a warrant and all targeting overseas entities, simply because you decided you don’t like the site. If that’s the way governments get to behave, we can live with that.”

Clay Shirky, “Wikileaks and the Long Haul

The growing power of the angry mob

According to numerous sources, last night, outside a political debate in Kentucky, a group of Rand Paul supporters threw a MoveOn member to the ground, incapacitated her, and one person stomped on the back of her head.

You read that right. Stomped on her head.Political activist being stomped upon

So, let’s be clear here, America. Maybe there’s been some confusion as of late. Not many people have stood up and opposed this sort of behavior. We’ve kind of let it slide.

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Bewildered, Part II

 

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Recall.

Only this time, it’s the rough draft of a Core paper, not a philosophical essay.

Nevertheless, it’s pretty much the same situation all over again. My brain won’t come up with original thoughts, or when I think I have a great idea, it gets completely and totally locked in my head the moment I sit down and try to write it. I can think about it, but the words just won’t flow in the slightest. I end up trying to back up my ideas with multiple snippets of quotes or episodes, rather than honing in on selective episodes and picking them apart for detail like I know I should. I know I should be doing close reading, analyzing smaller parts of the text, using a “microscope rather than a panoramic lens,” so to speak, but my brain just won’t do it. I don’t know how, or at least I feel like I don’t.

My brain feels like it’s not working at all– or if it is, it’s deliberately working against me.

What has gone wrong with me? Why, all of a sudden, am I unable to think well– or express my thoughts through words?

And again, I doubt my being here; and again, I feel hopelessly lost and crushed.

Bewildered

 

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I’m going to sleep tonight feeling as crappy as can be.

I have incredibly severe doubts about myself right now. I’m doubting my own capabilities, my supposed talents, and really anything that I once thought made me special. (Yes, it’s true, this is that kind of blog post.)

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Conviction

 

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Come on, people!

What’s happened to our conversation? We’ve become a bunch of spineless, light-footed lemurs, afraid to say anything that might step on someone else’s toes or offend anyone else in any way at all. All of us. We’re caught up in modifiers and justifiers, constantly making excuses in order to keep ourselves from pushing people too hard.

It’s too late at night to come up with examples, but watch your discourse with others. Watch others’ discourse. We’ve become ridiculously self-censoring, myself included.

I’m not advocating going out and being rude, that’s absurd. Manners have their place. But there are manners, and then there’s simply regularly cutting your feet out from under you, and the latter is happening one hell of a lot.

Random thought of the night.

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