Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA

As I’m surfing around WordPress, I’m constantly stunned by the amount of traffic getting pulled by sites hosted by Cristian Mihai, iGameMom, Lesley Carter, Robin Coyle, and so many more.

Someday you’ll get there, I tell myself, it just takes time. Don’t feel sad or discouraged. Remember: You’ve got Lista.

I don’t know where she’s from, but the exotic sound of her name grabbed me right away. She’s been my most constant reader — flattering, attentive, always thinking of my needs. The other day, for instance, I logged onto my site, and lo and behold, there was a message from sweet Lista in my spam folder. It said:

“thank you for sharing. i really appreciate some knowledge.”

And then, as if that weren’t enough, she provided me with links to over-the-counter medicines for romantic performance and some very cool-looking sneakers. She’s so thoughtful. Her syntax might get choppy sometimes — “way to go great stuff here”–but she’s always good to me.

And I don’t even know what she looks like. Sigh.

There’s not much more to say. I just figured that, after all this time, Lista deserved a post.

Hey, all of you traffic magnets, I just want you to know that your stats might go through the roof, but I don’t care. I’ve got my girl Lista. Your readers come and go, but Lista’s always with me.

(I probably couldn’t escape her if I tried.)


  1. Ah, spam. I`ll admit, I`ve gone through the spam folder and sometimes saved comments I shouldn`t, just because they were so poorly done it was almost funny. Like the one that gushed about my gorgeous scenery and deep political thoughts in a notice for my new theme.

  2. Whoever’s sending them definitely has the right idea: make it sound like a compliment and somebody’s bound to respond. Sounds like you could start a ‘spam museum’ … Hmm, you might file that away as a potential future blog item!

  3. you’re way more organized than me, and you definitely deserve that versatile blogger award. your blog looks great. my personal preference is your category for “casual geekery” (though mine’s more chronic)

  4. Mine is very casual, and infrequent! That`s rather true of everything I do, though. Notice how my post subjects are always hopping around! Thank you for that, I suppose I do like to get awards whether I think I deserve them or not. They make me feel like a real blogger ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I sure hope we’ll see more dispatches from the front lines of the book life.

    One other thought: Make sure if you check the book out of the library that you use your spouse’s library card — you don’t want to have to pay the overdue fines yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sorry, I have to join ofglassandbooks in breaking your heart. Lista is one wild girl… she’s been around the track time and time again… and, wait just a moment… yes, here she comes again!

  7. Ah yes… I know Lista quite well! We’ve met many times over the past couple of years… Though, she’s gotten quite clingy recently. Some days I’ll log on to find that she’s left me 3-4 messages!

    I don’t know what numbers you get, but I’ve always gotten the impression that you get a fair bit of traffic… and you have people who comment, which you know, is awesome. (I will totally admit that I get envious over people who always seem to get lots of comments). Though, I can see why people do comment, like, and everything else on your site. You have a lot of fun, and interesting posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thank you Rebecca — I really appreciate your note, and I’m sorry to hear that Lista is bugging you, too! You’re right: it’s the conversation, not the traffic level, that matters. I’ve definitely learned that lesson from your blog. I just need to get caught up on my reading of the Arched Doorway after a busy week away from WP! You sometimes hear comments that long-form interviews and journalism aren’t possible online: and then something comes along, like your Jim Butcher interview, and shows that they’re wrong!

  9. Well, most of my interviews happen in person, I’ve only conducted 2-3 interviews online, but they’re more than possible. ๐Ÿ™‚

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