So, I rarely look at the stats on The Signal Watch. I kind of just do what I do, and if readers want to be here, great. I'm not looking to monetize the site, and I don't expect here in my 20th year of blogging I'll suddenly be an internet sensation.
One thing I've joked about for years is that there will be enough written by me and posted at this blog that when I go, you won't have to miss me. Just train an AI on this site and you'll get a robot version of me that has plenty to say and occasionally ponders Kim Cattrall.
But in the past year, suddenly... that whole AI business seemed oddly way more likely. I don't need to tell you about how AI's are being trained against the internet, novels, movies, etc... And, I assume, just crawling the internet.
Well, I was looking at my stats and something was off. I suddenly had a lot of hits. Like... a lot.
And so I backed it out to the past year.
And, to be sure it hadn't been just a slow year at The Signal Watch, I checked "all time" for stats.
As much as I'd like to think my podcast and various musings have drawn the eye of Planet Earth, somehow I don't think blogging about Babylon for 10,000 words has suddenly made me a superstar.
Similarly, I doubt the mostly dormant League of Melbotis blog is suddenly wildly popular.
So. It's possible Google wandered into their basement, found a trove of disheveled devs working in obscurity, remembered it owns Blogger.com, and is now pushing content from their platform higher up in search results. But you and I know that's not true. Nor does it seem to be what's happening. I'm getting no additional comments, and - per post, I'm not really seeing a huge jump. My guess is, with almost 4700 posts, every crawl adds 1 or two hits. Do that a few times, and it adds up.
Yes, I have Google Analytics. No, I have no idea how to read it. It seems tuned to make sure you aren't making any money, and it's all about money, so I largely ignore it.
That said, Google Analytics is far more steady over the past month or so, so whatever it's measuring seems more accurate. I assume Google Analytics' numbers filter out all the robots reading my stuff.
Robots, yes. But at least *someone* is reading my stuff and processing it. And those robots are no more or less soulless than Randy.
Anyway, this means there probably now may be an AI of me out there somewhere. Some creaky, confused AI that is absolutely furious it's been brought into being.
In a way, that's fine. I don't really care that much if robots are learning from this blog. It's better than when people used to literally just swipe my content and claim it as their own.
If it's NOT for A.I. purposes, I have no idea why the internet is suddenly so interested. If you have an idea, lemme know.
In the meantime, I have some robots to train up on Kim Cattrall.