Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Let's Play A Game Where You Tell Me Who You Are...

Like most bloggers, I have a special place in my heart (and html code) for google analytics. It's a fabulous program that tells you how many people visit your blog, their general location, how long they were on your site, etc.

Stalkers--have no fear. It does not give me your IP address or anything specific so those of you who don't want me to know you're reading my blog are safe. Except for one of you specifically, and I think you know who you are....

Oh I'm so kidding, quit being paranoid.

Lately I have noticed hits from several cities/states and I don't know anyone who lives there. So I'm asking you, dear blog stalkers, unstalk yourself and let me know who you are. It would make my day! Not only that, I can add your blog (if you have one) to my growing list. Everyone wins!

Google analytics also shows how people found my blog. Some of you hop over from other blogs, some have typed in my full name (thank you for leaving out my height and weight), but one of the most common ways? Looking up "back brace" on various search engines. Remember the back brace posts from several months ago? (Click HERE and then HERE.)

It makes me so sad. I know there are several young girls (maybe a few dudes) out there who are nervous about getting a back brace and discovered my blog along the way. I went on a complete tirade mocking it and myself. And while I can look back now and have a nice laugh, it was NOT funny at the time as I was so self-conscious.

So for any of you out there who found my blog by typing in those two magical words, it sucks. It does. But it gives you excellent posture, rock hard abs, and the understanding that sometimes crap happens and you just deal with it because it could be so, so much worse. And guess what? I graduated high school and college, have a great job (for the next 2 weeks at least) and am happily married. So I'm pretty sure it didn't ruin my life or cause any setbacks (visit again in 5 years to check my progress).

So ends my PSA on back braces. Now back to all of you stalkers... It is time.

20 comments:

♥Joy♥ said...

Joy. 28. Tulsa. 2 kids. I'm awesome. =D haha Kidding. And I read you like, everyday. Love the top banner. I'm stalking you from Jax's bloggity blog.

Anonymous said...

Lisa, 29, living in DC with my hubby. No kids yet (work is my baby for the time being). Midwesterner through and through, but living on the east coast for work (lawyer); hope to get home in the next few years. Follow your blog through a friend of a friend. I'm not much of an internet person, but I think you are super funny and it's fun to hear what you are up to (even though we are strangers - how wierd is that?) Refreshing to know other people in similar phases (young, newly married, no kids, moving away from home, etc.) are going through the same ups and downs. Best wishes to you and thanks for keeping me entertained!

keely steger said...

clicked through from leslie's site. you had me at fried okra...

Christie said...

Christie, 25, Virginia. I can't remember how I came upon your blog, but I've read it regularly for awhile now... maybe I've commented before, but I don't remember that either. Your posts express a great sense of humor and though I don't know you in person, I find myself laughing at your funny stories. Thank you for the laughs, and also for mentioning Google Analytics- I've now signed up and I'm sure they appreciate the advertisement!

Emma said...

Hi Meredith,

Is this google analytics something you download or something? I'd love to see the traffic on my blog--never knew it was out there! How cool is that?!

Emily said...

Emily, age 27:) one kid in the womb:)
misss you... love the new pic on your profile of you and micheal! also, my mom made me fried okra sunday:)

John and Amber said...

Yes, I was so embarrassed by my scoliosis when I was younger too. I did not use a back brace, but I did have to have surgery on it. Which sucked! I love your blog too, and although I consider you my husbands ex-girlfriend, I think of you as my friend now too! I totally think John and I would love you and Micheal as friends. If you ever come to Utah, tell us! I keep trying to convince John to go to his high school reunion.
Amber

Anonymous said...

Hi Meredith! My name is Jen--nice to meet you! I am 34, live in Huntersville, NC (near Charlotte)with my husband and 3 month old baby--Evan! I would love to say that I got his name from your blog, but...well, I didnt. However, if we ever have a girl, I gotta say that Meredith is one of my faves.

Anyway, I randomly came across your blog while reading another blog. The pictures in your banner caught my eye. What a great wedding picture! I like the way you write, and would like to think that if we met in real life, we could be friends. I mean that in a non stalk-ery kind of way.

Have a great week!

Jax said...

What a fabulous idea! I should sign up for this google magic fo sho!!! And is it alright to say I'm semi concerned about you getting a job that either (1) has blogger disabled or (2) takes too much of your time so you cannot or don't want to blog? Yeah. Please advise them of your blog friends during the interview. ;) Kidding. Of course. Er...Kinda.

THE MAGNESS FAMILY said...

hey girl it is caroline (lemley) magness! From back in the day! School days that is. I love reading you r blog it makes me laugh every time. Hey I and I want to know who is reading my blog how do you do that?

Anonymous said...

Summer. 27. Kansas City. We've never met. But I've told you that you really need to write a book some day ... and I still mean it.

Feel free to pay back the stalking favor this weekend in Kansas City. Let's say Friday - Sunday? Maybe we'll ride some bikes? :)

Love ya kid. Crooked back and all.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mere!
Its me Alove! I am over here on the west coast come visit me!! I like your blog too :)
xxoo

katandkarl said...

:)

ksuzannec said...

Suzanne, 27, DC. I don't remember how I found your blog, Facebook or something. Anyways, I enjoy reading your writing because it is honest, fresh and very funny.

Good luck in Dallas, they'll love your green scrunchy!

Stacia said...

Stacia 37, single mother to Jacob, Little Rock, AR. I read your blog by linking through Jackie's.

p.s. I am more awesome than Joy ;)
and this is an AWESOME IDEA. How do you do the anyalytics, I have tracker but not this...

Erin Nickell said...

OMG you have so many fans.... how fun!! I feel so proud I have actually meant you :) Your posts are so entertaining and I can see why you have made virtual friends all over! I am going to check out that blog tracking thing....how fun. Anyways hope you are doing well, are you in dallas yet?? BTW you are not longer a follower of my blog (pictured anyway) so join again. Love you

The Emerson's said...

Candace, 23, Dallas Texas. Mom to Ava, almost 4 :) Your blog is so cute, and I love the WBW posts!

Amber said...

I'm a stalker! Its Amber from DG. Thanks for the google analytics tip, I use them for my work websites, but I never thought about using it for my blog. Thanks!

Katie said...

Because of you, I know now somebody from Romania reads my blog. Interesting....thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

It's me Jen! I did the google analytics thing, but can't figure out where to copy and paste the code in my blog. I want to do it for my classroom blog too! Where do you paste it in?

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