Status Report 5

So, here I am, blogging away and having a great time within the cocoon of my own making, one tiny crumb in the webfeast. I get visits from a friend or two every now and then, but generally it’s a solo endeavor of no import to anyone else.

But as mentioned in a previous post in this logbook, that doesn’t mean I’m not getting any visitors who leave comments. Some are so obviously spam that trashing them has become automatic. Who but a computer would post a comment with nothing but multiple links?

A few cause me to wish for a way to strike back. One in particular tried to post comments multiple times on a continuing article in the Visitor Stories logbook regarding the Doolittle raid on Tokyo during WWII. I’m doing this as a tribute to one individual who put himself in harm’s way to combat the quintessential evil of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Italy. And when internet filth rises out of the sewer with links to pornographic lesbian videos and tries to attach them to my site, tossing them in the trash where they belong hardly seems adequate.

It’s the ones with coherent messages that deserve a second look, at least initially. I suppose a computer could be doing that, posting generic positive comments that could apply to any number of blog topics, but every once in a while I wonder if there’s a real person out there expressing genuine interest.

One interesting fact is how certain posts tend to collect more comments than others. I’m a newbie at understanding how key words and search engines work, but something has to be drawing visitors to those specific posts. I’ve tried to research it and ended up more confused than when I started. The new vocabulary alone is enough to send me into a tailspin. For a pilot, that’s not a good thing.

But at the end of the day, it’s a no-brainer to conclude that none of this traffic is generated by someone searching specifically for my website. They get here as a result of some completely different, and for me, mysterious search criteria.

One common factor does prevail. All of these comments include links. And so far, none of the links relate even remotely to the purpose of my website, even though the comments associated with the links occasionally do. Here are some examples:

From Tetro19 on Blog Backstory: “My partner and I harmonise along with your data and may hungrily look ahead to the following updates. Merely expressing thanks will never merely be sufficient, for your outstanding clarity inside your writing. I’ll straightaway get your rss to keep informed of all updates. Great work and much achievement with your online business efforts! Whatwhat!”

From Vimax on Blog Backstory: “This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject that’s been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!”

And from the same visitor on the same post: “Great post! I’m just starting out in community management/marketing media and trying to learn how to do it well – resources like this article are incredibly helpful. As our company is based in the US, it’s all a bit new to us. The example above is something that I worry about as well, how to show your own genuine enthusiasm and share the fact that your product is useful in that case.”

From Madisyn on Blog Backstory: “You’ve got a definitely helpful blog. I’ve been right here reading for about an hour. I’m a newbie and your accomplishment is quite an inspiration for me.”

From Meredith on Blog Backstory: “I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case, great info…I will bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!”

From bh8921 on RSS Feeds: “I would like to exchange links with your site toshmcintosh.com
Is this possible?”

From laura.former on Status Report 3: “I am doing research for my university thesis, thanks for your great points, now I am acting on a sudden impulse.”

From ajolkaaa2 on Don’t Worry. I almost have my instrument rating: “Sorry for my bad English. Thank you so much for your good post. Your post helped me in my college assignment. If you can provide me more details please email me.”

To any of you who visit this website and might be reading this with authentic interest, I welcome both you and your comments. But if your underlying intent is other than to participate with me in a collaborative interaction regarding aviation, writing, writing about aviation, and discussion of selected current events, I’ll decline the opportunity to engage.

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