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Sometimes geeky Google Analytics perplexes me.

No surprise that the Barrowman pages are the most popular on my website. (I keep telling my boss that if he wants to increase the page hits to the company website, to just let me sprinkle the name John Barrowman liberally here and there throughout the site, and the number of site visitors will skyrocket, LOL). Didn’t start my website with the idea that it would become 80% Barrowman related, but discovered him in Torchwood at the same time I started playing with Joomla as a CMS, so essentially learned how to design webpages in Joomla by making and breaking and fixing all those Barrowman pages.

But can’t figure out exactly how 21 people [edit: 56 people! since I first posted this] so far today found their way to the JB media pages on the site from FACEBOOK. I do have an account there, but rarely use it for anything, almost never post, only signed up for it so that nobody else would swipe my user name when they changed over to real name screen names.

Certainly haven’t been posting my JB site updates there, at least not that I know of. So it’s a bit of a mystery. A lot of the other referrals make perfect sense: Twitter, Brizzly, LiveJournal… I tend to make mention of my site updates to those three fairly regularly. But Facebook is like the forgotten skeleton in my internet closet, just never think to post regular updates there.

So again, it’s a puzzlement.

Do LIKE Google Analytics, though. Gives me a general idea of who is visiting what page, how they found it (keyword searches are particularly amusing sometimes; someone recently found their way to my blog by doing a search for “dudley douchebag”, a reference from Desperate Housewives),  how many times they visit, how long they stay, and from what location. The location info in particular is of interest, love seeing how many people from other countries come and visit.

And well, it must be said that I DO find it rather *squee*-rific when I find a visitor to the Barrowman pages coming from a location where I know the man himself is at the time. The realist in me knows it could be and most likely IS anyone else, but yes, my inner fangirl did do a mental happy dance when I got hits from Glasgow and Manchester while JB was there shooting Tonight’s The Night, or more recently, hits from towns in Spain during the three weeks he was vacationing there, particularly when I’ve never gotten hits from Spain before. Was it JB? Prolly not. But if it makes the inner fangirl happy to think so, who am I to burst her bubble? 😀

Of course on the flip side, if the Powers That Be DO visit the site, there’s always that concern that I’ll get some sort of cease and desist notification from them, since I AM going a bit rogue by capturing and streaming UK video to worldwide audiences. But I look at it this way, it’s a win/win for everyone. Non UK fans get to see video they’d never get to see otherwise, and it’s promoting the heck out of the BBC, ITV, JB, etc. Essentially free advertising for them. And it’s not like I’m making any money off of it or even attempting to. So one would hope that I’m not ruffling any feathers with my site content. :)

Another item to ERASE off the Bucket List

Trying not to be too bummed about this, but sort of figured back in October that it was going happen: my last opportunity to see a space shuttle launch live is going to pasa me by. WANTED to see the one that was supposed to launch the end of October last year, even as the vacation time set up and the motel reservations booked, only to have it be postponed several times and not actually launch until February. When I was still recovering from my surgery January 3.

Second to last launch was too soon after getting back to work after being off for 6 weeks. So that one was out. Watched it live via the internet instead.

VERY last launch is coming up July 8. Last chance, and THAT’S not in the cards either. A) All my vacation time is getting used up for our NY trip later in the month. I’d be willing to take it off w/o pay, except the week of the launch, my bosses are going on vacation, and if I’m not there they literally will have to shut down the office.

*sigh* I tell you, must be a sign that I’m taking the wrong vacation this year, when I’d be just about willing to trade in my Spider-man, Mets, AND my U2 tickets to go down to Florida for the final shuttle launch, THAT’S how much I’m bummed about not getting down there for it. :-(

No doubt I’ll have a great time in NY, but this is the last launch EVER.

Guess I can file it with the OTHER bucket list item that I had to forget about as of 10 years ago: getting to see NY from the top of the World Trade Center.  Alas, a couple of terrorists in jumbo jets effectively erased that one from my list.

My only hope for a shuttle viewing is if, like for the last shuttles, the launch is delayed.

Sorry for the typos, typing this on my phone.