Shares and other Blogging things

Published February 16, 2016 by Iphis of Scyros

Okay, so this has been bugging me for a while now.  I clicked on the “Site Stats” link from the main Dashboard page, and scrolled down to where it said “Totals, Followers and Shares” at which time I wondered what it meant by “Shares” and so I clicked on that tab.  It gave me an underlined number, which of course turned out to by a hyperlink.

Of course, I clicked on that, too.

But then I left my comfort zone.  By which I mean “then I went somewhere with nothing that I actually understood.”

Near the top of the page, it says this:

Note: we don’t count shares from ‘official’ buttons, just the standard share links. These numbers may not match the Sharing buttons or stats provided by the Sharing Services themselves, because we can only count shares that happen on WordPress.com.

Am I totally stupid, or does that not really say anything?  Or rather, what are ‘official’ buttons?  What are standard share links?  I’ve never put anything share-related on any of my posts, though WordPress automatically puts on ones for “Press This,” “Twitter,” “Facebook,” and “Google+”…though I’m not at all sure what “Press This” does, since it’s obviously different from the “Reblog” button right below it.

Um, anyway, I’d think those were the ‘official’ buttons, but if so, then what are the standard share links and how did they get on some of my posts, since I didn’t put them there?  I am very confused.

Anyway, I went to check the first post on the list, and all of the buttons are still a flat, dry gray, with no little numbers on them.  (I know sometimes they have numbers, ’cause I’ve seen that on other blog posts by other, more popular people.)  I found it odd that the stats page says it’s been shared 7 times, but no one actually likes it.  (At least, no one’s clicked the “like” button.  But that’s okay, ’cause it’s silly and only about four lines long.  Five.  Whatever.)

So, what’s up with the claim that’s it’s been Twittered thrice and Facebooked thrice and Google+ed once?  What does it mean?  Is it a statistical error?  (That’s my best guess, anyway.)  I can’t check these things out to see if they’re true ’cause I don’t have Twitter or Facebook, and I haven’t a clue how to use Google+.  (I have a Gmail account, so I think I am, technically, on Google+, but…I’ve no clue what, if any, its functions are.)

Looking at the other posts that register as having been “shared” in this manner (whatever that manner actually is, since it sounds like it doesn’t involve pressing the share buttons), it seems like half of them are quotes from the Iliad, including the “homoerotic” passages I quoted back in June.  I guess that means I’d be more popular if I only quoted the Iliad?  That would get boring pretty quickly, though.  (Particularly if I started quoting the Catalog of Ships…)

Anyway, if anyone’s interested, the total “sharing” scores are Facebook 37, Twitter 23 and Google+ 23.

I have no idea if any of those numbers means anything.  (I suspect they do not.)

But since you’ve read through this much boring stuff, let me reward you!

I have here some links to posts from the last week that I’ve enjoyed, so let me share them with you.  (Sharing them in a way I actually understand, too!)  These are just a few of the many, many posts I’ve read in said time, ’cause I follow a ridiculous number of blogs, and not all the posts I’ve liked felt really shareable.  (Especially since there’s a bunch of very personal ones in there, and a bunch of doll-related ones, and…)

In roughly chronological order…

Juliet” is a really hilarious take on the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.  (I’d rather see that play than the real one…)

Reinterpreting Zeus’ Golden Rain:  The Greek Anthology on Persuading Women“…because I enjoy looking at ancient erotic pottery.  Er, no, truth beam disengaged!  Actually, it’s just interesting.  And I don’t think that Klimt painting looks the least bit tame, personally, no matter what you’re comparing it to.

In a very different vein, “70 Collections to Infuse Your Writing” is a very useful set of links to collections of examples of descriptive writing.  As a writer who can’t describe anything to save her life, this is a super-useful post.  (If I can ever train my visual side enough to be able to figure out what anything I’m writing about looks like in the first place…)

The “Super Awesome Self Promo Thread of Doom” may have the best title I’ve ever seen on a post.  Like, ever.  Also, it’s a chance to promote your own posts and see what other people are doing at the same time, which is always cool.

For my fellow doll collectors (who are probably not looking at this blog, but my other one) the post “Support a Great Cause and get a chance to win a cute Custom Pullip” does, well, just what the title says.  There’s a link to a place to make a charitable donation in exchange for raffle tickets in a contest to win a very nice custom doll.

And, last but definitely not least (except perhaps in terms of sanity), is “Orphan Club:  ORIGINS” which cannot be described in words.  Its hilarity must be experienced to be understood.  (But I feel obliged, as one who is too old-fashioned to swear in public, to mention that it’s definitely got R-rated language.  Which is actually about the way I talk, so I have no problem with that, but since it’s not the way I write…)

 

Okay, so…it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything this random, huh?

I’ll try not to be so random in the future.  (In fact, I ought to be re-writing my paper on Descartes and Kant right now.  But…I…it’s just such a lame paper.  I can’t really bring myself to bother.  It’ll suck whether I re-write it or not.  And these papers are really not worth much of our grade at all.  It’s mostly the final paper that matters.  And actually showing up to class.  He’s become very big on that since the last time I had a class with him.  He got really ticked last week when it looked like most of the class bailed due to the snow storm.  But then they were all just late, and so he was fine with it.)

But!  While I’m being random, I wanna share something else random.  In the last two days, I’ve been to see two movies.  (Which probably did not help my paper any, but I’d already finished it by the time of the one I saw today, so I wasn’t being completely irresponsible.)  So, the first of the movies, as you might expect, was Deadpool.  (Which was, as you’ve probably heard (or experienced), quite awesome.)  The one I saw today was Hail, Caesar!…which was also awesome, though in a very different way.  (But I suspect people who don’t know anything about Hollywood in the 1950s probably don’t get much out of it.)  Possibly my favorite scene was the one where it starts out with all the sailors in a bar set and I’m like “oh, they’re about to do a riff on Anchors Aweigh now, right?” and then halfway through the song it starts adding a decided undertone of “In the Navy” and I’m dying laughing.

Um, okay, that wasn’t actually what I wanted to say.

What I wanted to say was to tell you about the odd realization I had after getting home.  All I knew about the picture, going in, was that it had George Clooney as a movie star in the 1950s who gets kidnapped, right?  And before the picture started, in the “Coming Soon” stuff, there was a trailer for a movie in which George Clooney, as a TV star, is the hostage in a hostage crisis.

Um, is he going through a “victim” phase in his career?

Or was this just a really weird coincidence?

(Also, is his career somehow going backwards in some meta way?  Is his next picture after that going to have him playing a guy who’s landed a role as the comic relief in a B movie?  And getting kidnapped?)

Yeah, probably meaningless.  But the coincidence was odd.

(Like how before Deadpool, there was a trailer for the new X-Men movie, and then Deadpool makes this “McAvoy or Stewart?” joke in the movie…uh, yeah, that probably wasn’t actually a coincidence, huh?  Still, I didn’t actually pay attention to that trailer until McAvoy showed up.  Up to that point it was like “yawn, another apocalyptic movie” until he suddenly addresses the girl as “Jean” and I’m like “whoa!”)

Hmm, my inner ’80s girl appears to be showing.

I should probably get that seen to.

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2 comments on “Shares and other Blogging things

  • I don’t have a lot to comment, but I can clear up the share issue:

    WP.com only counts people who shared the link from WordPress, and not shares that were maybe reblogs on Tumblr, retweets on Twitter, or Facebook shares between friends.

    The numbers are probably off because there are bots that troll looking for specific phrases in web pages. So the same way spam bots find your comment box, is how they muck up other things like views, and share numbers (at least as far as my understanding goes).

    As for the movies, I can only hope Deadpool will come to Japan uncensored, which I doubt. Otherwise, though…. I hadn’t heard of Hail, Ceasar! ….so I’ll have to check it out. It looks like this year will be a little better for movies than last year was.

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    • That makes sense about the spam bots. (Especially since I’ve been hit pretty badly by them lately.)

      Yeah, I doubt Deadpool will be make it uncensored. Though *most* of the material that might be considered objectionable there is in the dialog. (Unless they’re looking as closely as I was in the one scene where you kind of get a silhouette of nude man parts…which I probably shouldn’t have been looking for…) Though now that I think about it, there were also a few brief sight gags that might get snipped, too…

      Hail, Caesar! is from the Coen Brothers, so it’s almost an independent, even though it’s got studio money and a massive A-list cast. Being from them, I was afraid it was going to get unnecessarily dark (I’ve seen Fargo!) but fortunately it remained true to the feeling of the era, albeit with a modern wryness.

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