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ViscountEric13 Jul 2018 8:35 a.m. PST

As the ninth anniversary of starting a blog is coming around, I can safely say that I'm enjoying the process more than ever. It's a handy record of what I've done, what I'm working on, and a few pipe dream projects. I even love pouring over the "incomplete/exaggerated" stats that Blogger provides.

And therein lies the rub.

I learned long, long ago of the evil bots. The first month I was going to go over 5,000 views (that had the semblance of looking legit), I woke up on the last day to 10,000 hits in a 2 minute time frame coming from Italy, sullying my little accomplishment.

As the years progressed, I've learned to tolerate the Russian bots (who are short-lived), and curse the heavens when I see Italy or the Ukraine appears in bold on Audience map. But, I've tolerated them because they were either (a) generic pageviews hitting the front of the blog or (b) a predilection for the Blogger "Pages" that I collect AARs, Actual Plays, and other website links on.

But in the last month, the Italian and Ukrainian bots have evolved, or have finally notice my individual posts.

I know I've had a few surprises over the years as to what people read (a lone Settlers of Catan post is still my #1 all-time post by thousands of views), but my projects are influenced by what people appear to read/respond to.

The only problem is that my two biggest posts for the year are now about the latest Shadowrun Kickstarter (90% from Italy) and a random post about WizKids Wardlings and the kid's gymnastics season (Ukraine – FYI no pics of the kids.)

Is anyone else noticing this, or have the bots finally deemed to worthy of their bothering?

I know Google has purged the bots stats in the past, so eventually they will go back to their slightly-better-than-normal views.

And so, I'm not entirely whining, here's the Middle-Eastern Civilians from Eureka that I finished this week:



Off to Historicon tomorrow!

EricThe Shed29 Jul 2018 1:24 p.m. PST

From one Eric to another congrats on nine years…

47Ronin29 Jul 2018 1:58 p.m. PST

+1 to The Shed's comments.

Enjoy the ride, ViscountEric. You're just getting started.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2018 11:26 a.m. PST

I've noticed that bots are starting to leave comments on individual posts. it's quite weird.

congrats on 9 years! I've just reached 1 year… it's hard to imagine doing it almost a decade.

Codsticker31 Jul 2018 8:16 p.m. PST

Apparently, my Historicals and Mordheim blogs are big in Russia…

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