I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now, and I’ve made many, many friends. Australia, Romania, England, Ireland, and many parts of Canada, all seem more familiar to me now, whether I’ve been there or not, because of my posts and the responses I’ve received.
But just today I noticed “The Map” in the statistics section of my administrative area of WordPress. I LOVE the idea of seeing the world depicted as this tiny little thing, all lit up with color indicating where and how many clicks on Whimseytopia were made in the current twenty-four-hour cycle. WordPress is now “WorldPress” to me, and I’m very excited about the idea behind this new gizmo. Then I noticed that someone from The Russian Federation clicked in, and though I am one-hundred percent positive there is not an ounce of bigotry in me, I was surprised to find myself wondering why someone in the Russian Federation would be interested in what I have to say. Certainly there are punch needle enthusiasts in Russia. Heck, a Russian invented punch needle. At least many of my books indicate this to be true. So why did I have that wave of curiosity when I saw this?
Believe me when I say it isn’t the Russia part. I have St. Petersburg in the top five places I must see before I die. I think it is that I just realized that I can’t control where my posts go. I can’t control who reads them and for what purpose. I’m not on Facebook for the silly and simple reason that I want to control who sees my pictures, who owns my photos and content, and who is gathering information about me. I am fooling myself if I don’t think there is someone or some thing on WordPress who is gathering information about me, though I am pleased to acknowledge that there is so little to know. I spend so little money now that marketing me would be the most futile way a company could spend theirs.
So welcome, Russian Federation, to the world of Whimseytopia. I wish there was a way to track those who visit my site beyond just their country. And those cryptic addresses that lead nowhere: perhaps this is because there is no “where” and there is no “one” behind the visit. Perhaps it’s merely a computer generated hit on my site, a search for something of import that will never be there. Perhaps it’s a numbers game, like most market research.
I can’t imagine it, but if there is someone in The Russian Federation who wants my help with crafts or punch needle, I would love to hear from them. Please, leave a comment or send me an email, and I would welcome the friendship.
On the other hand, if this is about a lottery……