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Friday, March 09, 2007

Unknown Readers

Well, it seems ironic that for me, as an "unknown" writer, that I have UNKNOWN READERS. That's right. I was looking at my site stats the other day and a whopping six per cent of my readership is from COUNTRY or COUNTRIES UNKNOWN. Weird. Are you "unknown"? I can tell you that if you're from Scotland, England, Wales, South Africa, Antigua, Germany, France, Poland or Iceland then I DO know you, albeit just location-wise. Having not had a site meter on my old blog, I can hardly believe my readership would be such a mixed bag! I'm touched. Or is it that I swear a lot and say lots of daft things, so you think this may be a porno site? Whoops, there I go again... Saying "porno" is going to clearly bring the pervs and the weirdos. Oops, I did it again. Perhaps I should change my name to Britney? Nah, have too much hair.

But anyway: if you think you may be one of those Unknown Readers drop us a line in the comments section and tell me where you are. I'd say email as well, but I appear to have a problem: yesterday I received NO EMAILS between 9 and 5. Not one. That may be unsurprising for someone you may think is a billy-no-mates who operates out of her bedroom in deepest, darkest Devon but I actually receive in the region of 60 emails a day minumum, including spam. This was further compounded by the fact that this morning I received two emails that had clearly been sent on TUESDAY. So, if you have emailed me recently, have faith: it'll get here eventually. If you need me urgently, leave a message on the blog or send to bang2write"at"hotmail"dot"co"dot"uk.

Oh, and one last thing: Bournemouth University tells us what we already know about authors with research on earnings. But what about screenwriters, hey??

10 comments:

Lianne said...

Stat counters are great, they turn up all sorts of weird and wonderful things. You might be interested to know that I still get a lot of traffic to my site via your old AOL blog, but not so much from this one as yet. You need to spread the word!

Lucy said...

Well HELLO Lianne, I see you dropped the OR handle after all... What gives??

I get a lot of traffic HERE from the old site too funnily enough. I think lots of people haven't updated their bookmarks yet. Plus the old site's still quite useful - the technorati widget is not as good as I thought it would be, since if a blogger hasn't posted recently, I forget about them - so even I use the old site links!!!

Lianne said...

Yes, the technorati widget is pretty but not that useful! And my name change has caused problems there - to change my Technorati user name I have to delete the account and start up another one. How annoying. I actually use bloglines to keep track of new posts, cause unlike technorati it keeps all blogs listed on one page, and it's easier to organise them so I don't forget about them. Apparently you can use bloglines to power your links too, but I've never been able to get it to work on my blog for some reason.

As for the name change, there are several reasons, some of which are explained on my latest blog post!

Lucy said...

Yes I've heard of bloglines but have no idea how to set it up cos I'm thick like that. When I have more than 5 secs to myself, I may actually sit down and sort it out since so many of my referrals come from bloglines!

I got 420 hits this week, a new record... And it WASN'T me, since I set the stat counter not to include me! Yay!

Far away said...

I look at my map thingy and see visits that come from the middle of the ocean!
Maybe some 'unknowns' are on ships

Lucy said...

That's a good point! And hello Far Away - how far away are you, do you suppose?

Far away said...

about 5000 miles away

Phillip Barron said...

I don't get a map or country stats on my blog. I do on my website and they're equally weird.

As well as 'unknown', I also get 'other'. What's that? Countries the stat people can't spell? Don't think are real?

Far away said...

Hmmm and some organisations have their browsing 'hidden' (for various reasons)

Lucy said...

Phil, there are lots of countries in the world that aren't real, cos every time the map is drawn, they change it to something totally mad like The Democratic Republic of The Crocodile's Socks. Everyone knows this! Far better to write "Other"...

Far Away, I'm detecting paranoia from you. I like it.