Is all publicity really good publicity? I wrote this post a while ago. The only comment I got on it was to be happy about the hits and quit complaining. But why do I still feel like complaining?
Somebody please tell me why it is such a good thing to have traffic – any traffic – to your site! It’s not like I get paid for every hit. In fact it’s quite the opposite: I pay for my bandwith. This site is not free. I have a limit on my bandwith per month. Not that I’m anywhere near hitting the limit with the current traffic – I’ve gone over just once, and that was due to a meerkat stampede, so it had nothing to do with the blog. Beware of meerkats!
I have no problem when people come to the site trying to find some information that is relevant to what actually is here. I’m always glad to see infertility related searches and I always hope that I could provide the answers. I do not mind hits from other blogs that link here. This is a blog. I want people to come here and read what I have to say, whether they agree with me or not.
That’s why I have a problem with these hits. They are not coming here to read what I’m saying. They are looking for a (nonexistent) picture of female anatomy that’s main function is to feed babies. They are not interested in my blog entries. I can see from my stats that most of them go away after they find out the pic is nowhere to be found. Some are more stubborn and try to dig it out. Well no luck, even the link is gone now. Nobody of them has ever gone to explore the blog and possibly even read the things I have written.
I do not want these hits. Why should I want them? Why? Why is it a good thing? And the answer can not be that because get hits. Then why should I want hits? What is the purpose of hits if they come here for the wrong reasons? It’s only eating away my bandwith for the month and none of them are likely to ever come back.
Oh, and while we are on the subject: What is it with all these blog reviews. Why do people submit their blog to be shredded to pieces by some wannabe critic? Well, I suppose it gives them a spike in hits. Why would you want people to come to your site just to see if it is just as horrible as the reviewer said it was? Of course it could happen that you get a good review, but those seem to be few and far between.
And that was just on the ones where you have to submit your blog before it get reviewed. Don’t get me started on those who trash blogs just for fun. I’ve seen too many times that the infertility blogs get awful reviews because they are honest. Infertility is not pretty. It is also not something you choose for yourself. It is really, really hard to understand to those who have never experienced it. But these dimwits think it is fun to laugh at someone going through the pain of IF. But hey, at least you get the hits!