Oh, deary deary dear. Someone’s feelings are just a tiny bit hurt, it seems.
Apparently we weren’t supposed to have noticed Kristie Sue Costa’s latest lame attempt at a blog—and we absolutely weren’t supposed to say mean things about it…at least, not until it was ready! The completely anonymous author of HoaxteadBloggersAreBigFatPooPooHeads (don’t worry, you can click that link; it’ll take you to the page we saved on archive.is, not the actual blog) have now put up a very mature and reasoned post about how we spoiled their surprise and upset them very very much.
We’re sorry, Kris…er, Completely Anonymous Blogger. We didn’t mean to step on your toes, really we didn’t.
But you see, you kept sending us notifications that you were quoting us in your brand new blog, and, well, we just couldn’t help ourselves. We had to look.
What, you didn’t know you’d sent us notifications?
Ah, you see, that’s because you don’t know how blogging works. Let us explain it to you. We’ll try to speak slowly.
When you are writing a blog post about our blog (which apparently fascinates you greatly, and really who can blame you?) and you want to link back to something we’ve said (because let’s face it, we say a lot of brilliant stuff), you will generally insert our blog’s URL (that long lettery-numbery thing up at the top of your computer screen) into the “Insert/edit link” tool, right?
When you do that, you are creating a “trackback” to our blog.
That means that in the comments section of the post that you link to on our blog, our readers will see a “comment” that says something like “HoaxteadBloggersAreBigFatPooPooHeadsFerRealz comments: Blah blah blah blah waaah Satanists poopypants”.
To make the trackback work, the admin of this blog (that would be the real El Coyote, not your sad fake imitation one) must approve the link. If he does not…whoopsies, no comment on our blog, and no extra traffic to your blog. Too bad.
But here’s the funny bit: whenever anyone sends a comment of any kind to this blog, we receive a notification. That means that each time you linked to our blog last weekend, WordPress sent us a notice saying you’d done it! Isn’t that hilarious? Yeah, we thought you’d find it just as amusing as we did.
Here’s what one of your notices looked like:
Instead of keeping your Big Bad Scary Blog under wraps until you were ready to release it, you were actually announcing it to us with a bloody great loud-hailer, set to 11.
There now, you see? You’ve learned something, haven’t you? Next time, if you ask very nicely, we might tell you how your blog is actually sending our blog more traffic, through the magic of Google keywords. But we don’t want to overtax you too much.
Baby steps, right?
p.s. We timed ourselves on how long it took us to write this post. 43 minutes, start to finish. So much for that whole “five hours per post” thing, huh? Ah well, back to the drawing board….