Uh, what?

Just as I was about forget about Project AWOL’s seeming interest in me, I suddenly get two more AWOL followers. God. Will you guys ever stop bothering me? I’ve made myself a promise. If I see anything on anyone’s blog that has to do with make money blogging, I will cyber slap them and then never come back again.

But now, for some reason, I’m also attracting the love of “I Love Latinas”? Ok, thank you for your interest as well in my day to day ramblings, but if you were to actually spend a little time looking at the header of my blog, you’d realize that I am in fact not Latina. I am no where near Latina. Other than the fact that I have dark hair, I look nothing like a possible Latina. What makes you think that I’m just going to like your Facebook page? Especially since you’ve followed me twice via 2 blogs that both only have 1 post on liking your Facebook page. Uh, nothing against Latinas but seriously? You guys are making your ethnic group look bad.

But on the bright side, I have more followers.

I like large numbers.

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That Stat Page

I find it funny that once upon a time, I used to squeal when I got more followers than 2. Or that getting even one view on this blog, with huge amounts of posts, was extremely exciting.

I guess not anymore. I get one or two followers every few days. I always get views now. I’ve become… numified. If that’s a word.

I wrote a post about Leagues of Angels because I was truly angry with that game. But funny thing, I’m getting all these hits now, with people googling “Leagues of Angels” or “League of Angel boobs”. It’s really funny.

I get views every day now whether I post or not. I get maybe one or two likes on most of my posts. I’m content. That’s all that I cafe for. You guys are awesome.

That’s all.

How many posts a day shall me make?

I just realized that, even though I’m not ever lacking in ideas or feeling lazy to write, I have to restrict myself to making one and only one post every couple days. Don’t ask me why.

Well, actually, ask me why, because I’ll try to explain right here, right now.

I have a thing with efficiency. If something takes forever to do, it’ll drive me crazy to think of a more efficient way of doing it. Sometimes, there is no more efficient way of doing it. But for some reason, this efficiency thing ties in with the amount of blog posts I chug out in a week.

I believe that all blog posts had a lifespan. There will be period of time where it will be read, discussed about, before it’s considered old. Now with a larger blog with a larger audience, that time may be really long so there’s no way to just wait for each post to be considered old before you move on, but with my blog, I’ve always had this paranoia where if I don’t allow for one post to max out on it’s time as the newest blog post, I would be technically wasting that post.

And that’s not efficient.

It drives me crazy.

I hate it so much.

A Sorry Apology?

So after being leaving for vacation for 5 days and being devoid of wifi in that time period, I, of course, arrive home swamped with 200 some college emails asking if this is me, 100 some notifications of all sorts and a couple of other scattered emails. Oh, and one pathetic view on my blog.

Well, I wasn’t asking for any anyways, since I’ve got maybe less than a tenth of a tenth of a tenth of a tenth of tenth of the amount of people on WordPress following my blog. (By the way, I must make it clear that I actually prefer having less followers, because then I don’t have to deal with criticism. And apparently I don’t take that very well…)

But one view was still very pathetic.

And now here I was rushing back to the computer, slightly lacking in sleep because I wasted some of my sleep time trying to think of a proper apology for my puny audience for not being around and not telling anyone about it.

Yes. I’m feeling a little stupid right now.

But it doesn’t matter. Because I’ve realized a little something.

There’s this snazzy thing called a queue (which I, uh, don’t know how to pronounce exactly) that allows you to write posts in advance and then auto-publishes it as a set time. Oh my god! Amazing, right?

That’s not my point.

Actually, I’d like to say that I hate using the queue. I absolutely positively hate hate hate using it. It’s like a locked door to a room that’s been constructed and furnished. Except even though it’s ready for viewing, we’re just going to keep it locked until a later time. And while the viewer doesn’t know about it, it bothers me so much. I get so jumpy and twitchy and hyper for no reason. It’s like all of a sudden, if I don’t publish this post right now, I’m gonna be shunned forever.

But probably a bigger problem with the queue is the fact that it encourages slacking. And for someone who claims (or at least sometimes wishes to be) a full time couch potato, encouraging slacking is not the best idea.

So here I go, rambling on and on again. But you get the point. I don’t like queues. And yes, the title seems to have nothing to do with the post. Maybe.

WordPress Drama

Sorry for the lack of post recently. I’ve been caught up in the stupidest online dram I’ve seen so far (not that I’ve seen that many) and it’s been making me really upset. And I need to vent a little.

I’m not going to name any names, but if you have an undying need to know who I’m talking about after you read this, you can go fill in the form at the bottom of this post and I’ll tell you.

So it all starts when I get followed by someone (which I will refer to as X). Nothing wrong with that, until I see a recent post of his, which is an angry re-blog, claim that someone else (let’s say Y) was attacking him for something he didn’t do. Of course, I’m curious so I go and look at Y’s post and while I don’t know either person, I’m already leaning towards X’s side.

The post was unconvincing in every possible way. It goes around an idea, but never hits smack on and you end up right where you started, barely skimming the topic that he was arguing.

So he was arguing that fake following is bad. And that people shouldn’t succumb to it. For people who don’t know, fake following is when you follow someone just to get a follow back – and don’t plan on doing anything more than that in terms of having interactions with the blog.  Y claimed the you had to have genuine interaction with the blog in order to follow it. Or else it’s a fake follow. So therefore, he only follows 300 some blogs.

Great. Ok. Cool. Nothing wrong with that. It wasn’t anything other than a mediocre blog post. Something that I could write if I wanted to, because I have a couple of fake followers. But then, I’m scrolling down through the comments and it becomes clear the this post was actually an attack at X’s ways of following people. Apparently, he was doing this fake following thing it was harming Y?

I honestly have no idea. But the thing was, the next day, there’s a second post that claims that he’s depressed, sad, and upset that he’s getting fake followers and that X was being a coward by (now this part was a little random) throwing pictures of his kids on his blog but not his own or his real name.

And then X get’s really pissed and closes his blog. End of story.

Now, I’m angry. The whole thing was immaturely stupid in the first place. I made a long comment on Y’s second post. He replies, and oh boy, it makes me so angry. You don’t even understand.

Y has closed his comments, but I feel the need to still respond. So here it is. Mr. Y, I wanted to tell you this:

First off, I want to make a point and say that I was NOT attacking you. Maybe I sounded a little mean, but that does NOT give you the right to be rude to me.

X was not dangling pictures of his kids. If you say that showing pictures of your kids is bad, what about showing pictures of your face? This is the internet we’re talking about. And if you were trying to help him, you certainly didn’t sound like you were. Not to mention that most people “hide behind a screen name” because they don’t want identity theft or something.

Also, let me mention that anyone who calls themselves “noble” or “honorable” or “stands up for injustice” tend to be talking completely trash. I’m not saying that you are, but realize that it gives a bad impression on people.

When big business blogs go and follow you, and you get really upset about it, you’re letting them get the best of you. And in the end, they still win. You can’t prevent people from following you and it’s completely your choice as to whether you follow them back or not. The amount of followers you have is just a number. It doesn’t represent anything. In your mind, you know how many people actually read your blog. THAT is what matters. If you care THAT much about a number on your screen, there is something wrong.

I do have to mention that there is a way to report blogs if all they do is try to get clicks and followers. X doesn’t seem to have been reported yet.

I’m not supporting either side. I don’t know X. I don’t know Andy. I don’t know you. But from all that I’ve seen, it’s only been you attacking them. If you can give me examples of them attacking you, I’ll gladly change my standpoint.

As for now, I’ll be pulling out of this ridiculous drama and pretending that it never happened.

I had something else to say. But I can’t quite think of it right now so I’ll got throw that in a part 2 post or something….

Creative Spam

I’ve gotten the same spam message over and over again for 7 times now. And it goes something like this:

Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. Seo Plugin

First off, you’re suppose to have spaces after you punctuation. Lovely spam bot, I don’t believe that people type.Their.Sentences.Like.This. Not only that, notice the size of this paragraph. Notice how you don’t try to split your information into smaller more manageable chunks so that people will actually try to read it. Not only that, please, dear spam bot, watch which words you decided to capitalize the first letter on. Last time I checked, I believe it only happens at the beginning of a sentence, with the word “I” and proper nouns. Is “bold” a proper noun? Also, sir spam bot, you missed capitalizing an “I”.

Not to mention how not believable this whole thing is. If you want people to click on your link, at least sound human.

There is an art to spam. There are ways for people to set such large traps that you don’t even realized that you just got tricked into believing spam. Not that I’m promoting any of this. But seriously. If you were going to spam someone, why don’t you at least make an effort to make it seem believable?

And one good example of that is not making the same spam comment on the same blog multiple times.

Another good example is to not target blogs that have basically no audience.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Oh Lovely Followers

I love you guys all, my little group of followers, but I have noticed that many of you are associated with this Project AWOL. I thank you for expressing interest in my blog, but please, I do not wish to make money blogging. I have no interest in making money via blogging. I am in high school. Go look for someone else to join up for your little moneymaking schemes. I have my own goals in life and they do not include you. I do not believe that everyone would be able to do this Project AWOL and I’m sure I wouldn’t be one who could.

So please. I’d like genuine followers who actually are following my blog because they think that it’s awesome.

Thank you and have a nice day.

(The irony that you will most likely not see this.)