I’ve noticed something strange these past few days. I’ll post a bit of something here and flip back to the WordPress admin panel prior to switching back over to the work computer to do, well, work. I like the admin panel on the personal PC so I can check posts by those I follow and use the notably better interface (compared to that on the mobile version) to comment and respond to comments.
And frankly, I like to see which posts receive better responses than others so I look at the more detailed stats page before switching over. It helps me gauge which posts are more interesting to people than others.
And the strangeness is on that output. I’m getting almost three views on a given post before I can navigate to that page. Not all posts, but enough to make me raise an eyebrow. Once or twice, and I’d consider such things as coincidental in nature. When it happens consistently, I suspect shenanigans of some sort.
I have a hard time believing anyone would sit on pins and needles for my next post, hitting F5/refresh on their browser until something new popped up on my site. As a result, I suspect what I’m really witnessing is blog scraping.
Now, for those of you who don’t know me, it might seem like something someone might get angry about. After all, scraping usually means that someone else is posting elsewhere and profiting off it.
Me, I don’t care much about the financial side of the matter. If someone is cashing in on my work (HAHAHAHA), I’d like a cut, but money has never been a big motivator to write.
I’m more concerned about attribution. “I wrote this drivel and doggerel! I demand to be credited with authoring this slop!”
As a result, I’ll probably append most posts with the following to combat re-authoring of what I write. I dislike doing so, and once expressed opinions against such things, but it seems the only way to keep folks honest. It’s silly really, but such is life.
©2020 Michael Raven. Originally posted on sceadugenga.com.