Are Actual Live Human Beings Reading This?

I started this blog about two years ago primarily to try out this not-so-new-anymore thing called blogging and to give myself an incentive to write.  Seemed like a great way to nudge myself off the couch, put some thoughts together coherently, and try to present them with wit and conviction and a somewhat skillful use of the English language.  I didn’t care too much about getting actual readers, which is a good thing because I didn’t get them.

The wordpress stats did show a small number of visitors – one to three on most days.  Who were these people and how were they finding this site?  I didn’t know, but they seemed to be leaving a lot of comments, mostly with no connection to anything in the blog.  They were sometimes in foreign languages; more frequently, the words were English but the way they were strung together conjured the image of aliens trying (and failing) to pass for Americans.  For example:

What i do not realize is in truth how you’re not
actually much more neatly-preferred than you might be
right now. You are so intelligent. You recognize thus significantly when it comes to this topic, produced me in my view
believe it from so many various angles. Its like women and men are
not interested until it is something to do with Girl gaga!
Your own stuffs great. At all times care for it up!

It brings a tear to my eye every time I read it.

I assume this gibberish is coming from some kind of automated bot but that assumes someone bothered to write code to go find random sites and inject this gibberish into them.  I have no idea why anyone would bother to do this.  But I didn’t worry too much about it as the blog is primarily for myself.

In the last week, however, I am seeing 10-20 visitors per day, and clicks on specific blog posts which I never saw before.  Does this just mean the bots are getting more plentiful and sophisticated?  Or are these actual human readers?  If the latter, would you please just leave a brief comment to let me know you’re not a bot?  Thanks.  You recognize thus significantly when it comes to this topic.

3 thoughts on “Are Actual Live Human Beings Reading This?

  1. I got hooked onto your blog – it seems words free naturally for you… and so do ideas… I am not a bot (but considering free will is an illusion, I might just as well be?? Ahhh wait, but my sentology is a part of my consciousness – so I am not a bot after all).

    My all time favorite was your story about your dad – I wish I had read it years earlier when my daughters were younger.

    What really caught my attention was your views on free will – especially since not many people are interested in abstract topics like these.

    I have my own theory – I need to write it down before I dilute it with other thoughts n ideas. But, the paragraph below is phenomenal – I have a feeling that we approach this topic from two different angles – though interestingly both converge at the same place. I think that you approach it from a scientific angle – not sure how you define consciousness?

    BTW, where can I get hold of your book? Is it publicly available?

    Some think this means choices do not matter, that we are slaves to our sentologies.
    They are mistaken.
    Your sentology is as much a part of you as your consciousness.
    Your choices are made by you.
    This is not slavery; it is its opposite.
    It is the very essence of freedom

    1. thanks a lot. my book is not available – i am doing some late revisions and am then going to try to figure out how the hell to get it published. any ideas?

  2. I guess this is a rhetorical question – since I have published zero, zilch, nadda books so far 😉

    Do you know John Green of Paper Town’s fame? I distinctly recall that he had created his own “online” brand before publishing his books.

    I am not sure how his first book was published – maybe worth checking out. I recall that my daughter had joined his online community of nerdfighters – and brought every book as it came out.

    From Wikipedia:
    “In 2007, John and his brother Hank began a video blog project called Brotherhood 2.0 which ran from January 1 to December 31 of that year. The two agreed that they would forgo all text-based communication with each other for the duration of the project, instead maintaining their relationship by exchanging video blogs, each submitting one to the other on each alternate weekday. These videos were uploaded to a YouTube channel called “vlogbrothers” (as well as the brothers’ own website) where they reached a wide audience.”

    I wonder if it helps to start vlogging – and create a “brand” awareness online – people are far more inclined to watch stuff rather than read. With so many blogs and vlogs today (compared to John’s time), how does one stand out? I feel that their vlog was successful because of the “to and fro” nature – response and counter-response – since two of them were corresponding with each other… I didn’t follow the vlog myself – but, my daughter would wait for the response from the other brother.

    I guess that still does not answer your question… but, all the best to you!

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