Sunday, April 8, 2012

The neverending quest for drama

I spent a bit of time recently looking at the stats for my blog. If you have Google Analytics set up, you can learn a surprising amount of information about your readers: what city they're in, what browser/OS/portable device they use, what ISP they use, what page they followed a link on to get here, and what search term they used to find your blog.

My readers seem to be mostly people on the hunt for dramas.

By far the most common search term that finds my blog is Lime and Violet. There are heaps of other variations on the same theme scattered all through the other 753 search terms that have been used. People REALLY want to know what happened to them. If you want to get a lot of attention on the internet, throw a massive hissy fit and then flounce off never to be seen again. The only way they could have got themselves more attention would have been by faking their own deaths.

The next most common search term that finds my blog is the Yarn Harlot, and her stalker. The Yarn Harlot explains herself exactly what happened there on her blog, but I guess people still can't resist find the stalker for themselves (it's not hard. I did it myself in seven seconds, and I'm not internet supersleuth).

One thing that did make me a little sad is that I discovered a couple of search terms along the lines of "What happened to the Yarn Harlot's family" or "Yarn Harlot's bad year". I know she mentioned having a rough time family-wise recently, but I didn't realise people were trying to dig up what happened. If she had wanted us to know what happened, she would have shared it. It's one thing to search for people showing their asses on the internet, but it's a whole other thing to pry into someone's personal life.

Those are the two biggest knitting-community wide dramas not including any yarn dyer who faked her death. I never bothered writing about Mystical Creations Yarn or MommaMonkey, so I don't know if people are still hunting for them. I guess I will soon ;)

The other search terms are mostly Ravelry-related dramas.  "Ravelry Rubberneckers", "Ravelry Bunker", "Ravelry Banned" are all common terms. There also seem to be a few people trying to figure out if you can tell who's clicking the disagree button (here's a hint: you can't). I guess we all have an impulse to take Ravelry-related dramas off Ravelry to vent. Sometimes it's just easier to say what you want somewhere else, isn't it?

My favorite search terms are the really odd ones:

I have NO IDEA what this means! I hope whoever you are, you found what you were looking for. 

These two really made me LOL: 

I think I might change my online name to this: 

Finally, I know you're all waiting for me to write about this, so here it is. About a week ago this happened  (inmyhands has edited her OP - it used to be a link to my blog). I realised I'd been "outed" when there was a sudden spike in visitors, and I gained about 10 new followers on Twitter.  She claimed that she was tracking people who followed the link, but I'm not sure how she could do that, apart from noticing who started following me on Twitter. I'm guessing she realised she was just giving me free advertising, which is why she took the link down.

A week later, the tiny amount of dust that was kicked up was settled and all I can say is "meh". The worst I endured was having a few people sit in their safe little echo chamber and essentially call me a doodyhead. I have not received any complaints, negative emails or requests to remove my blog from either TPTB at Ravelry or Blogger.  If the Freedom Fighters of America Group on Ravelry is any indication of the intelligence of the Republican Party, they are well and truly fucked.


  1. They're too busy being oppressed because a post about the "true meaning of Easter" got dimmed on the Big 6.

  2. Recreational victimhood is my favorite kind of drama.

  3. I think the Freedom Fighters of America have it right. It is crystal clear you have a crush on them. Is it anyone in particular or is it too hard to choose from the bevy of ridiculousness?

  4. I blame my dad. We use to go to see all kinds of things like fires, floods, tornado damage, and car wreaks. It is only natural for my to love a good train wreak.

  5. Inmyhands is on another drunken rant about you. I wonder when TxDawn is going to come to the conclusion that IMH is a liability for their cause on Ravelry and cut her loose once and for all.

  6. Inmyhands is on another drunken rant about you. I wonder when TxDawn is going to come to the conclusion that IMH is a liability for their cause on Ravelry and cut her loose once and for all.