Measuring The Success Of A Blog, Or Is The NSA After Me?


Besides looking at the statistics at the bottom of the blog:

This page has been read 1,187,467 times from 76,922 internet addresses.

there are other methods of measuring the success of a blog.

Perhaps my blogs posts about the Syrian war efforts are really getting to some people.  Or perhaps the NSA is after me.

I have found that someone has been trying to break into the administrative account of this blog.  Fortunately, the WordPress software which runs this blog was able to detect the break in attempt.  It also gave me enough info to start to track the perpetrator.

I was able to contact the ISP of the attempted intruder. I have already received the following response only about an hour after I reported it this Sunday morning.

Thank you for contacting us. We take abuse issues very seriously. We are looking into the cause of this, and will reply back to you as soon as possible.


Well, it was not the blog content that attracted this person.  Looking at the statistics I collect, I was able to determine that it was one of many attempts by many IP addresses to get into my blog administrative account today.  These addresses never actually access any pages in the blog, they just try to break in because they can try.  The administrative account and my personal account have strong passwords which along with other protective measures keeps these attempts from succeeding.

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