Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba. A stranger sneaked into her yard the other day and tried to blend inconspicuously into the background but she spotted the intruder.
After a reasonable Christmas day, the weather gods decided that we should not be happy for too long and gave us a very deplorable Boxing day with strong winds and frequent rain. As I write this in the evening, the rain has got heavier and the winds stronger, so our feeling that the day couldn’t get worse was proved wrong.
We stayed in and kept our heads down, eating cold cuts from yesterday’s feast from time to time. I stirred myself enough to get on the bicycle to nowhere in the afternoon and spend an hour pedalling gently while listening to European jazz on a programme broadcast from Northern Ireland while staring at the wall. Just how gently I pedalled can be measured by the fact that after an hour’s exercise indoors, I had lost exactly no weight at all. Must try harder.
It was too gloomy to take bird pictures, and there were hardly any birds in the strong winds anyway so there was little to fill this post today except the lone blue tit in the header picture..
I could have filled it with my brilliant thoughts for the day if I had had any, but I didn’t, so I couldn’t.
Please feel free to stop reading at this point (but do scroll down to the final picture which is a Christmas cracker).
What I did have time to reflect on today were some curious statistics which WordPress gives me. Simply by virtue of keeping going for several years, my blog has just under 13,000 ‘followers’, that is people who have clicked on the ‘follow’ button. This sounds like quite a lot but lest I should get vainglorious, WordPress also tells me how many people actually visit the site each day and that usually comes to between 140 and 210 per diem. Just in case I am still a bit puffed up, WP also tells me how many people visit each individual post and that comes to between 80 and 110 generally. Even that number may be inflated by spammers as I get quite a few spam comments daily (5 today). Don’t get me wrong, I am amazed and grateful that any people enjoy these ramblings, literal and metaphorical. But what are the other hundred visitors doing if they are not reading the posts?
Anyway, the point of this is that my calculator tells me that the percentage of actual readers to followers is more or less 100 divided by 12,900 times 100 which comes to 0.7751937984496124% (roughly) or well under one percent. This gives a different view of those news reports which tell us that some influencer or celebrity has got three million followers on Instagram. If their percentages are like mine, possibly only 0.77% of the three million followers actually look at their posts. That’s twenty three thousand actual viewers. I find that quite comforting for some reason.
The only flying bird that I saw near enough to photograph today was as black as the weather.
As this post badly needs cheering up, I am making use of a second guest picture today as a footer. This wonderful Christmas Day sunset comes from my Lake Michigan correspondent, Laura.