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The Polls Are In…and thank you.

Last week I posted a simple poll–as I do every year or two–to get a guess as to why people visit this little idiosyncratic blog (surely it’s not for my nonsensical ramblings). Firstly I want to say thank you for visiting this blog in general, but also thank you to those who took the time to partake in the poll. Anyhow, three dozen people responded and I find the results interesting. It appears that 30 people (or 83% of the poll takers) still visit this blog for bicycle related posts. Excellent. I thought I lost you (or at least a lot of you). This blog, as are all things I suppose (including myself), is a work-in-progress and is not as bike-centric as it once was (see my very first post here). I like to think that it has morphed into a sort of open journal or weblog (the original name for blog, of course) of what has happened in my life each day or every other day, or at least a small slice of it. But I do know that when I post about things that can be carried on a bike they still get a lot of views (thank you). This doesn’t surprise me, but what does is that the number one reason people visit this meager blog was not bread baking…when on a daily basis it is. Below is a screen capture which pretty much represents what I’m talking about. The two most popular visits to this blog consistently are for Ezekiel Bread. And after I thought about it, this must be for a couple reasons. The first being that the bikers are more opinionated (I mean this in a good way) and took the poll but not many bread bakers did (wut up bakers?). Another reason (I think) is that the recipes for the bread are good, really good if I do say so myself (there are a lot of really bad Ezekiel Bread Recipes out there…and yes, I am typing with one hand right now because the other is patting myself on the back), but also I’m sure that the recipes for the bread are linked in more than a few places so people find themselves here directly through those links specifically. Also what I find interesting is that over the years more people have visited for photos and things spiritual (36%)…this make me glad on a few levels. Anyhow, in the same way that a person may mutter to themselves, sort of talking a loud unconsciously, this is what I’m doing now but through words via this electronic medium. And I thought I’d share. Thanks again for visiting. Peace.

Urban Simplicity

A Question for Other Bloggers

Before I pose the question I have to offer a little background. In the past year or so visits to my little blog have steadily risen to around 600 a day. At this point I am speaking specifically of the Blogger version of Urban Simplicity, not the WordPress version, which of course is it’s mirror blog. Blogger is the primary blog and I upload it to WordPress. To some this many visits may not seem a lot but to me it is. I figure if even just a portion of the visitors stay around it makes it worth it for me to keep going. Anyhow, about a week ago–maybe a bit longer–I noticed spikes in visits…drastic spikes. That’s an image of the past week above; even on busier days the stats never spiked like that, now it’s a daily occurrence. At first I was thrilled that the visits had tripled and on some days quadrupled. I thought maybe a popular site had linked me somewhere and were leading people to my blog. Then, after a bit more scrutiny, I noticed that most of the hits or visits–thousands of them a day sometimes–where coming from Bulgaria. Bulgaria now represents the most hits per day from any other country. Prior, it was always the U.S. first, then Canada, followed by Australia, the European Union, and South America (mostly Brazil). You can see this represented below…the darker the image the more visits from that country (look how dark Bulgaria is). After doing a couple Google searches I found a few others that have had this same phenomenon. One commenter on another site said that they were likely “bot” generated searches. What, I wonder are they searching for. So the question is, have any of you ever experienced this before? Also, is this blog about to be hacked? I have not contacted blogger yet because they do not allow you to contact them (brilliant)…only through forums, which I don’t really care for. Anyhow, if anyone has any info on this I would love to hear it, and likely so would a few others.

This said, if you’re a regular reader of this blog and you see that I stop posting for a few days or there is something unlike I would post here (such as if I got hacked) please check the mirror blog (which is not experiencing this issue). But, then again who knows…maybe, for some reason the good people of Bulgaria have suddenly found my blog very interesting. And thank you to those who do visit, link, follow, and comment; it makes me know that I am not tapping away at my keyboard into a void. Peace.