I got a notice from WordPress the other day that said something to the effect of “Hey, your traffic is way up! Congratulations!” Huh? thought I — because I don’t market this blog worth a damn and a high traffic count is unusual.
So I did a little poking around in the stats section to see what that was all about. As near as I can figure, somebody shared a particular blog entry (about that afghan to the left) on Pinterest and Facebook , and all those folks came to take a look at it. Nice! But then I was puzzled, because I couldn’t find details on the sharing itself — what was said when the blog entry was shared, what comments were made on that post, and so forth. (Comments on the blog entry itself are closed — it’s three years old; and my experience has been that leaving comments open on old entries invites spam, so I close them after a certain length of time.)
I get pingbacks if someone links to one of my blog entries on WordPress or another blog platform like Blogger, but apparently not when something is shared elsewhere. A cursory search through WordPress Support seems to indicate no one gets a link to where a post is shared using one of the social media “share” buttons; just the fact that it was shared is registered. I sure would like to be able to take a look at those shares, wouldn’t you?
Something else, though: Askimet does a pretty good job of stopping spam in its tracks. Maybe I should reconsider the notion of closing comments on old entries so people who see them years later can still comment on them? What has everyone else experienced in this regard?