For the last couple of months, Deadlyjelly’s stats has averaged around 70 visits per day. I’m not sure why traffic hasn’t increased exponentially since my blog’s inception. Perhaps it’s because I don’t trawl the Internet making comments on other peoples’ websites. Maybe I need to increase the application of swearwords, or include more videos of me taking my clothes off.
Looking on the bright side: had my hits increased exponentially, the Internet would probably have blown up. So from that perspective, it’s a good thing.
A couple of days ago, the post Tractors Weekly: poor substitute attracted the following post:-
Long time lurker but felt moved to comment by this excellent post. Keep up the good work!
Now, I am a total sucker for flattery no matter how deficient of substance, but I was surprised that particular post had moved someone to express themselves. It poked some fun at my mother-in-law, which – although always entertaining although probably more for me than anyone else – is a cheap shot. Really, outside that highlight, the padding was relatively lacklustre. I didn’t feel it was my best effort.
At the same time, there’s no accounting for taste – or, for that matter, freakishness – so I spent considerable time crafting a response that was warm but not gushing, gracious without sounding needy, and grateful whilst editing out hints of desperation.
It was only after I responded that I looked at the poster’s username: ‘used_bobcats’.
Unusual, I thought.
Then I followed the link and, er, it was a website selling – what d’you know? -used bobcats.
My official reason for deleting both comments is not my ingenuous response, but because Used Bobcats is not getting any referrals from me so there