Mom Meets 2500 Unique Visitors
One of high points of our Thanksgiving stay with my mother was explaining to her about the 2500 strangers who tuned in their computers over a 48 hour period last month solely to view the oil lamps, kitchen implements, tools, saws, mallets, knives, button hooks, seeders, meat grinders, ceramics, doodads, gadgets, widgets, and other objects she displays on the cabinets, shelves, tables, counters, and, most prominently, the walls of her home hidden away in an obscure corner of the Ozarks.1
My mother, whose previous interest in matter Internetian could have been generously described as cursory, was enthralled by the phenomenon (described in a previous post, Mother’s Tchotchke Inventory Hits The Charts), including the role of StumbleUpon in triggering the flurry of hits and several positive reviews of and comments about her collections, the differences in the web stats from competing vendors, the distinction between the hits and page views, the definition of “unique visitor,” the international locations of the viewers, the importance of search engines, the various categories of blogs, … .
More to the point, she was genuinely touched and gratified by the interest shown by others in her accumulated miscellany.
And she was also genuinely proud of my work manifest in the Heck of Guy blog.2
Which gives me a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
The Carved Geese
At the top and bottom of this post are photos of two hand-carved geese that reside on the back deck of my mother’s cabin. She thought they might be a nice Heck of a Guy offering for a Sunday morning.
- The set of photos of Mom’s displays that captured the viewers’ interest are at Gallery Of My Mother’s Inventory [↩]
- It should be noted, however, that “genuinely proud,” “touched and gratified,” and “enthralled” do not translate into a plan or even a whimsical wish on Mom’s part to explore computers or cyberspace. That ship has, it seems, sailed, landed on the other side of the ocean, and been burned to preclude retreat. [↩]