I'm a fool for statistics. I'm probably the only person at Virginia Tech whose favorite class in grad school was statistics. Of course, I never completed grad school. I have a habit of quitting things when they are about 80% complete. For some reason, once I know a goal is actually in reach, it loses interest for me and I look for another challenge. I think that this is because...
BAGMAN: "Tsk tsk. Digressing again, old son!"
BUTLER: "Yes, please stick to the originial blog you were going to write."
Okay...well...what was I going to write?
BUTLER: "The stat counter."
Oh yes. The other day I put a stat counter on my blog. Just to see if I could. And to see what it did. And then I got an email from a stranger and...
BAGMAN: "Is this going to be another digression?"
No. This is related. It was from someone who was asking if they could place a link on my blog to their business. Something about a registry cleaner. They didn't mention payment but I wondered if it had something to do with the strange tab on blogspot that says "Monetize."
Am I that popular? Could I make money with this thing? And suddenly alarm bells rang in my head.
BUTLER: "That was Bagman warning you."
Yes. I felt the warning. In the past, whenever I have tried to combine things I like to do with making money, it killed the fun. I struggled with answering the request but, in the end, turned it down. I don't want to prostitute Bagman and Butler.
BAGMAN: "Hey...I don't mind prostituting!"
Then I looked at the stat counter and saw that many more people than I thought were looking at my blog but there were very few people coming back and looking at it again. What was I doing wrong? How could I change it so that it captured a wider interest?
And then I remember once writing something a little more outrageous than usual and Tabor made the comment that she thought I was just trying to get more followers. I was crushed! Maybe because she was right. But after I got my ego out of the way, I realized that I can't keep up with the followers I have...I really didn't need more. I could feel the fun beginning to seep out of it. So I went back to just being me (or us). And Bagman, of course, fell in love with Tabor.
So I should probably delete the stat counter. But it makes such nice bar graphs. And Butler loves bar graphs.
BAGMAN: "Does this blog have a point besides revealing my secret attraction to Tabor?"
BUTLER: "Shut up, Baggie. You're secretly attracted to everybody!"