Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Visitors

I can't believe I've had this blog for more than 3 years now!  During that time I've gone from approximately 1 visit a week (probably from my mother) to a heck of a lot more than that.  And my visitors come from all over the world.  Having analytics hooked up to this blog has been such a source of information and entertainment for me.  I love monitoring my blog all day while I'm at work, seeing who's popping in and who's popping out, where they came from, where they're going.  It's not perfect, but it still affords me a little snapshot.  I'm often curious about why people found me, how many of you are connected to the disability community in some way, how many are not, where you're from, how you got there, all the normal questions we have when we realize just how small this great world is.  I could go on and on about life before the internet, but I'll save that for another day.  I'm sure many of you will be able to relate.

Anyway, there's something so gratifying about seeing folks from so many other states and so many other countries come to read about my fairly dull life and my amazingly beautiful little girl.  Eh, who am I kidding?  My fairly dull life is of absolutely no interest to you.  hehehe.  It's all about Samantha, my purpose for creating this blog, my inspiration, my muse

Some visitors pique my interest more than others.  Like one of you shows up as Elkridge, MD, and you visit quite frequently, yet don't ever leave a comment, I don't think.  Another of you comes from Bremen, Germany.  I used to live in Bremerhaven, so close by, and feel that teensy bit of connection to you, although I have no idea who you are.  I occasionally get visits from my home town of Vineland, NJ.  I thought for sure all of my friends there had moved away, so I wonder which one of you reads my blog...?  There are others.  I don't mean to freak you out by singling you out.  My mother occasionally gets unnerved when I call her and say, "so, did you like the blog post that you read 5 minutes ago?"  I think she equates it to a lesser version of Big Brother.  And it is, really.  We have so much transparency with the internet, and with baring our lives and our souls on our blogs that are read by so many.  :-)

Then there are key word searches.  A definite source of amusement!  I don't get a huge number of hits from Google searches, but there are a few.  I remember one blogger (I think it was Renee from Life With My Special Ks) used to periodically post all the key words that had been entered to bring people to their blog.  It always had me giggling hysterically.  I've seen my share of doozies, like "in what episode do Caillou need to pee?"  I think I have seen every single episode of Caillou, probably at least 30 times, and there isn't a single one I can think of where Caillou needs to pee.  He sits on the closed toilet lid once so his mom could bandage his scraped knee...does that count?

By the way, if any of you who do not have Blogger accounts ever feel the remotest desire to post a comment (trust me, I'd LOVE to hear from you!!), you can still post here under Anonymous or Open ID.  Thanks to you all for reading!

12 comments:

stephanie said...

Oh this is a good one!! I love seeing all the different places and people that somehow find my blog.

I wish everyone would leave a comment, i feel like we are missing out on a lot of cool people.

Jenny said...

I love your blog and I have to say I am so thankful I found it all those months ago when I felt my heart breaking. Your love for Sammi and seeing how beautiful and "normal" your life was made me feel everything was going to be ok. So thank YOU for having an open blog because it helped me out when I needed it :)

Anonymous said...

Rebecca-Hello!! It's Nicole (Ethan's mom) and I am the one from Elkridge MD that just loves your blog and love seeing updates from you and never leaves a comment!! Okay I will start today!!

Nicole
Elkridge, MD

Michelle Smith said...

My name is Michelle and I'm from Woodland,CA I follow allot of the DS and CF blogs. I think it's amazing what some parents go through with their children. I don't have a special needs child but would do so in a heartbeat.

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

Hey just wanted to say Hi from Wyoming!! hugs to you and Sammi...smiles

Cathy said...

That would be fun to watch...unfortunately...I don't know how to do it. LOL I wonder where it says I'm visiting from. Hmmmmmmm. Love reading about your sweet Samantha!!

Anna said...

I have not long found your blog. One of my friends on FB posted a link to one of your blog posts and I then started to read your blog! I am from Victoria Australia. I really enjoy reading your blog!

I too watch my stat counter and am fascinated sometimes by where people come from just to read my words!

Anna

Carrie said...

I am so with you on this! I could spend hours trying to figure out who's who in my stats!

And I agree about comments--everyone could leave more! But then sometimes, when I leave comments I wonder if people realize how much time I'm spending reading blogs...:P

Stephanie said...

I'm the one who shows up from Broken Arrow OK LOL!

Susan said...

Tuning in from Canada - my little flower girl, who I provided respite care for, has Downs, and she's about the most fantastic kiddo one could imagine, so I'm always drawn to blogs about families raising little people with Downs. Your Samantha is stunning, and looks like she's having a really happy and fulfilling childhood too :)

Melissa M said...

That cracks me up that you are stalking all your readers! I have analytics installed on my book blog, but not my personal one. But I'm with you on comments. It's nice to know people are reading and you aren't just talking to dead air. :)

Keithslady said...

Hi Becca, I'm Cindy from northern Wisconsin and you left a post on my blog about the "boy who thought about running away" this morning. I saw that my son, Gabe, is about the same age as your daughter and felt that instant connection that "outsiders" don't get. I look forward to checking in again.