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I haven’t yet gotten to the point that my mood swings can be synchronized to my site traffic, but I definitely recognize this particular neurosis:

SiteMeter Fever — A neurosis typified by obsessively refreshing your SiteMeter to see if your traffic has increased since the last time you checked it, seven minutes ago.

There exists a Yahoo! Widget which sits on your desktop and monitors your SiteMeter. I actually installed this thing once, but after discovering that I was spending too much time looking at it, I ordered its banishment.

And there’s this:

Bloggernoia — This psychotic disorder involves the suspicion that other bloggers have malevolent motives for not linking you.

I seem to have a high level of immunity to this one for some reason. Then again, there have been things I’ve written which made me wonder if I ought to give them links. Besides, as I’ve noted before:

By now, just about anyone who is interested in Oklahoma blogs is either reading me already or has made a conscious decision not to read me.

This is not to say that I’d complain if traffic climbed back to 2005 levels, which were roughly 50 percent higher than today’s, but a reduced visitor count hardly constitutes The End Of The World As We Know It.







3 comments

  1. xarcadia »

    2 January 2009 · 7:54 am

    Truth be told though, this neurosis sounds similar to the kind of panic that teenage girls go into based on their friends list on myspace or facebook. Just think. The internet has made it so we have a multitude of new ways to be paranoid and develop mood disorders.

    long live the blogosphere.

  2. CGHill »

    2 January 2009 · 7:59 am

    See? It’s perfect practice for Real Life™.

  3. McGehee »

    2 January 2009 · 3:05 pm

    Just goes to show that virtual reality is no improvement.

    Which gives me an excuse (sort of) to recount my reaction to someone’s gushing over how much they loved “Second Life.” I wanted to know how anyone can have a second life without having previously gotten a first.

    I’m not on that person’s Facebook frirnds list anymore.

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