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Stick a Fork in Me. I’m Done.

Regular readers, please pardon the brief post today. It’s early to bed for me, and I just don’t have a post in me.

Or, maybe I do.

I have to put this somewhere, so I’m going to put it here. I know this blog was originally founded to not say this word, but I NEED to say it……I HATE GOOGLE. I HATE FACEBOOK. I HATE WHAT THEIR RECENT CHANGES HAVE DONE TO MY BLOG READERSHIP.

It is demoralizing to work as hard as I have on a blog for as long as I have, only to watch my page views fall by half in a three week period. Facebook making everyone pay to play, combined with Google’s now deciding to change their algorithms, has well-and-truly screwed me.

And, anyone wanting to make a comment about how Facebook and Google own their platforms and can make their own rules can shove it.

Happy, happy Monday.

29 Comments Post a comment
  1. The Good Luck Duck #

    Cilantro!

    November 26, 2012
  2. The problem that I’m beginning to have with blogging is why does it matter a flying fuck how many readers or viewers you have. What you write matters.

    November 26, 2012
  3. With having a small (maybe I can reframe that as ‘select’?) readership, I haven’t noticed changes. Some days I still get triple figures, most days I don’t- but then we all blog for different reasons- I can understand that it must be heartbreaking putting loads of effort into building a platform to get your writing out there, only to have someone randomly move the goal posts!

    November 26, 2012
  4. Well that’s not cool at all. I haven’t noticed a drastic drop, but then again I’m just tech-unsavvy enough that I wouldn’t know how to check stats! Keep writing and I’ll keep reading… Google be damned!

    November 26, 2012
  5. You’re going to have to get the master criminal Cyber Ninja Carnell to do his dirty work and zap those evil doers. Or just make up whatever numbers suit you.

    November 26, 2012
  6. Safe journeys. And I won’t say a word about those evil-dooers.

    November 26, 2012
  7. Is that what’s wrong? I had noticed a decline, but hadn’t made the exact connection. Has to be it!

    Get some rest, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Kathy

    November 26, 2012
  8. I hear you loud and clear. I’m one of your faithful readers, even if I don’t always comment on here. But I hear you. Loud and clear.

    November 26, 2012
  9. I’m experiencing the same sort of problems. Slowly, and I do mean SLOWLY, my readership has returned. Still has a way to go. I didn’t know facebook was involved, which explains why I haven’t heard from a few folks that I miss. Hang in there. It does feel like being between that ol “rock and a hard place”, doesn’t it?

    November 26, 2012
  10. You’ll get no such complaints from me. Fucking facebook. I had JUST started to get ‘noticed’ over there. Fucking Google. Fucking fuck.

    November 26, 2012
  11. I usually don’t read other’s comments before making mine, but one of my favorite words ‘popped’ out at me and I have to say that I share the sentiments that Food,Photography & France made. And now, with jesterqueen right above me… Holy Cow!

    November 26, 2012
  12. I figured out the sign on the rock wall in your photo… we all know you, Andra… you climbed it, didn’t you?

    November 26, 2012
  13. I’m with Roger ( even the flying fuck bit) because your writing stands by itself. It is sublime. You can get ratings with fluffy kittens (I know) or women in lingerie. Ratings will go through the roof for the most shallow and fatuous of stimulii. But you remain the real McCoy, quality. Hang in there. James Joyce would have bombed on Twitter and FB. Social media is not an indicator of how good you are. People like Roger, though: I’d trust his opinion on your work, and my own, and all the other regulars here at Accidental Cootchie Mama.

    And I’d trust MTM :-)

    November 26, 2012
  14. Andra, I feel your pain as well but the quality of your visitors (readers) is more important than how many. And with the F bombs going off today, who knows, Google might actually like that and boost your rating.

    November 26, 2012
  15. What have Google been doing? I didn’t know they’d changed their algorithms. My stats are down as well, but I didn’t think Google had anything to do with it.

    November 26, 2012
  16. Yup. I hear you. I am on the same boat. Hang in there. There will be a way through.

    November 26, 2012
  17. It has been a VERY long day, so please forgive my failure to respond to individual comments.

    For those of you who don’t know, Google changed their search algorithms several weeks ago, causing many folks to have steep drops in page views. If you’ve noticed a drop, it likely isn’t you.

    One of the things I’ve always done with this blog is add links and tags to every post in an effort to be found online. People casually searching for something may find my blog and like to read it, and I’ve always tried to make that easy. It’s extra work, but it has always paid off………….until now.

    November 26, 2012
  18. All the ins and outs and ups and downs of stats are beyond my ken. Hope things bounce back for you soon, Andra.

    Write on!

    November 26, 2012
  19. This is not the most helpful comment, but I’m here because Cam sent me, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Word of mouth trumps goofy algorithms, though I’m only a single pageview :)

    November 27, 2012
  20. I have signed up to you via e-mail so that I never have to miss a post!! The times, they keep on changing…

    November 27, 2012
  21. I’m really sorry to hear this, Andra. I can’t figure any of it out. I did notice a drop in readership, and I’d like to believe it isn’t me! Hmmm. Since I haven’t had a very well-defined plan, I can’t complain too much. But for you, and anyone who has put real time into strategy, this does suck! I’m sorry with you!

    November 27, 2012
  22. I rarely visit facebook but perhaps once a day now since they’ve made all those changes, however, I read your blog every day I’m by a computer and when I miss one, or two, I go back and read it. How may I help you get the beautiful words of Andra out there? Let me know.

    November 27, 2012
    • Lori, you are one of the most helpful, giving readers I have, and I love you dearly. xo

      November 27, 2012
  23. What changes? What are they doing that makes it so bloggers don’t get the reader traffic? My readership has dropped to practically nil, too, but I attributed that to the fact that I have posted very little this month. But I don’t know anything about the changing algorithms or whatever it is they are doing. Could you elaborate a little bit more?

    November 27, 2012
  24. I think I was happier when I didn’t know exactly how few people read my blog. When that small number nosedived? Well, I got more noveling done because I was heartbroken that half my readership left, but I feel like I lost something vital when the fun of being read on my blog went away. Like Mike Mulligan with a keyboard, I think I write a little bit faster and a little bit better when people stay to watch.

    I know, I shouldn’t care. But I do, damn it. I do.

    November 27, 2012
  25. Keeping up with all that crap is such a pain. Which hey, I know they’re blogs and it means we need to pay attention to technology, but still, need they shake things up so often?

    December 4, 2012
    • I’m worn out from this change. It’s undone years of SEO work for me, and it’s so, so frustrating.

      December 4, 2012

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