Wednesday, February 9, 2011

LOST

     I'm sure by now, many of you have assumed that I was lost. Perhaps there is an idea for a TV show there. Actually, I was taking an unexpected break (read- unwanted break).
ANGRY COW DISEASE
"Grrrrrr!! Any creeps out there better leave my farmer alone!"


     Wednesday of last week I was preparing to do something big to celebrate my 300 th follower. That day I hit 301! No. My followers list doesn't currently reflect that. Perhaps those people thought I was lost. Here is the story of my week of having a private blog.

     Last Wednesday, my oldest came to me and said that she had unusual  traffic on her blog. We checked under "stats" and then under "traffic sources." There were blog titles I expected there (my lovely followers!), but there were also some unusual ones. Click on the line and find out that you're being visited by an adult content site. I immediately pulled all of the family blogs and put them on a private setting until we could figure things out.

     My oldest and I both had traffic from the same URLs, but not our other blogs. The paranoid mom, or maybe the ex-cop, had visions of a creep sitting at the end of my driveway. I hate creeps! Even criminals in jail hate creeps! Is that what they mean by the saying "honor among thieves"?

     I visited other blogs while mine was private and other forum sites where there is a buzz going around about other people finding these URLs in their traffic source lists. Okay, breathe Patrice. You aren't the only one. By the sheer volume of these unwanted visits to blogs, we thought that there might be something more to all this. An author I read says to always follow the dollars when  you look at a problem. Maybe the idea of a creep was possible, but 700 hits by one of those URLs to a blog in one day didn't make sense. Apparently the websites adding to the traffic volume for us bloggers has an affiliate program. Does that mean that they are there to be seen in "stats" and get clicked on to allow them more members, or is someone getting paid for each click. Either way, I don't like it.

     I have so many wonderful followers and readers that I don't want to stop blogging. I know from experience that it's easy to get comfortable blogging and start sharing too many family photos and information. Each of us has to choose what we feel comfortable with. I cannot tolerate someone with pictures of my child, using them in a way that I would not have intended when placing them on my blog. I have rethought this whole thing and my family, as in all situations, will always come first.

     Everyday Ruralty will still be here. I will still share my country life with those of you who are interested. Next week I will have Wednesday Words of Weight Loss and a Barn Chicks Interview. I encourage you to be careful on your own blogs. Go ahead and check your traffic section. I would encourage everyone who has this problem to address it with Blogger. Feel free to comment or e-mail me if you have this problem.

     To the young blogging community- Please be careful not to give your full name and location on the internet. My own kids have shown me countless blogs that could lead someone bad right to your door. Be safe!
     To my wonderful followers- I missed you! I watched my numbers dropping, but I realize that they are just numbers. Yet, I couldn't bear to think of not having many of you visit my farm life. Thanks for bearing with me!
Blog on!

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip - I checked on it and I did have one url --- makes me mad! Some of the "blogger help" I've read says don't click on it and wait for Blogger to block it. Hmmm...

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  2. Oh, this is not nice. I too have stabs of concern because I blog about our lives in general and family etc. It's so hard to know what to do. I don't want to change everything I do, because that goes against the way I want to live. And yet.... well, you know the 'and yet'.

    I'm not even clued up about some of the terminology you use in the post. I need to sit down with our older boy and check things out. Thanks for warning us. But I do not, not, not want you to go away.
    Pleeeeease!
    If I find anything out when I go a-looking, I'll come back and let you know. x

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  3. Well so glad you are back. It was hard to not see your updates. I am still getting the hits but not as much and the count drops day to day.
    I have ran scans and done all kinds of things to my computer to make sure I wasn't hacked.

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  4. Gosh, that makes me worried, because I have lots of pics of my family on my blog. I checked my traffic, though, and I know all the incoming sites, and my traffic is very low. I'll keep an eye on it, though. That's alarming.

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  5. This is exactly why I don't use my real name, location or post people pics on my blog. Sad, but sometimes necessary to be wary these days. I couldn't imagine if I had children or granchildren to worry about... I'd be a blog basket case. As it is, my pets and property and valuable enough to me to want to protect.

    So you do whatever you need to do to be safe. We'll be here for whatever you can share! :)

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  6. And I have no doubt you'll be back above 300 in no time!

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  7. Since I walked across the street to Wordpress, I haven't had any problems with this -- but it's always good to be cautious concerning letting out personal information.

    Glad you are back! :)

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  8. I have missed you, but understand completely. Hope you get the problem resolved soon.

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  9. Grrrrrr...... Don't you wish people would just be good and play nice. Hang in there, and thanks for the warning. I'm off to check my traffic now!

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  10. I noticed this on my stats a few days ago. But since I didn't have any spam comments etc I didn't worry about to much. So I should report it to Blogger??

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  11. Kim, I think if everyone reported it to Blogger they might look into it and hopefully know how to resolve it!
    My computer crashed today, but my techie swears it has nothing to do with clicking on the bad URL to see what it was. I wish I knew more about computers!

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  12. Goodness to be~! Life is getting so tacky.. and so frightening~!
    Sorry to hear about your blog having a problem.. Thanks for the warning we all should be careful and be watchful ~!
    Have a tiggeriffic day~! ta ta for now:)

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  13. So glad you’re back lady :) Nuts this stuff. Hope you can join us for Farm Friend Friday. If you can :)

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  14. I am so glad that you are back. I've been checking almost daily. I am sorry you had to be on the receiving end of some bad links. Hopefully, it won't happen again.

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  15. Hopefully you have nipped this whole thing and won't have anymore problems. Glad you are back.

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  16. You know, because you mentioned visitors from an inappropriate site, it made me curious. So I went to the stat site of my old blog just to see. And sure enough, there that site was! I clicked on that click, and up came an adult content website (mind you, I was at work in the office when I did this) and it freaked me out. I hope nobody behind the scenes at work think I am looking at that kind of stuff, sheesh.

    Thank you for pointing it out, I know what to look for now! :)

    BTW, I'm a new follower.

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  17. Thanks for sharing this with us. I'll check my stats this weekend. :)

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  18. I've got those sites on my stats too. Not sure how to handle it-I've been getting anonymous comments too so I am moderating those again.

    So very glad you are back! I've been checking! Can't wait for Wednesday!

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