The number of visitors I get for the ‘new’ (well, it’s not so new, really) blog is higher than the old one (a little). But it’s not that that is the surprise. It’s where the people come from.
Now, every day, I get more people from Italy (some of whom I know in real life and some of whom I know through blogs), some from the States (some of whom I know through blogs) and Canada (no idea).
And then there are those from the UK – but no-where near as many as it used to be. Perhaps our friends have got bored with my writing (although they should really be paying attention right now)? I’ve even lost D as a regular reader. I guess he has a life to lead. Ho hum.
But there is a very annoying thing that has started to happen recently. It has to do with Google Analytics. I have the map of visitors, which shows the IP for every visitor (but, from past experience it doesn’t catch them all) and I have Google Analytics which, certainly in the past, caught almost everyone.
The problem is that, in general, most of the people from the UK no longer show up on Google Analytics, including S who visits most days. I contacted Google to explain and they came back with the trite answer that it takes 24 hours to show up. But, trust me, even after 48 hours S doesn’t show up and that is also true of others.
I have checked my code and Google is on every page, so it’s not that. So why is Google suddenly randomly disregarding visitors like this? And what does it mean for my other sites, some of which receive quite a number of visitors per day? Does it mean that I can add, say, 10% to the figure Google quotes?
I mean, I do understand that none of these counters are perfect but, from Google, I expect something better. And I expected a better response to my query.
On a different note, today, at work, for reasons that I won’t go into now, I used some words/phrases that I don’t normally use any more. One of these was ‘apeshit’.
And, as soon as I said it, I realised I would have to explain it as, even though the guy I said it to has a very good command of English, I was certain that he wouldn’t have heard of this one. But, in explaining what it meant I discovered that I had absolutely no idea of where it came from or how it came to be.
And one of the beauties of being in a foreign country where the mother tongue is not English, is that you need to know more about your own language in order to explain your use of it. So I checked it out and this is what it says from Wiktionary:
So, there you go. How it is that we use it, maybe. And, tomorrow, if the customer reacts as I think and if we were all primates in the jungle, I would expect there to a lot of faeces coming in our direction. Should be interesting, anyway.
And, on a final note. If our bloody MD leaves her window open, leaving the office one more time, I swear I shall chuck her out of it!by