Someone’s blogging about me… but I don’t know who :(
Someone has been sending traffic to my site, which is good, and bad I suppose. Sadly, I don’t know who’s writing about me which means I can’t respond to anything they’re saying. It’s probably for the best, I suppose.
The page being visited is The Myth of Breastmilk where I write about how an author of an article in Psychology Today makes the (unfounded) claim that infant formula is unhealthy and dangerous to babies. Do visit the page because in the course of my writing the author, Dr Darcia Narvaez, went full woo, and claimed that rocket fuel had been found in infant formula. You never go full woo.
Last evening I was looking at my site stats (as I do almost every day, I’ve only been blogging for a month and I’m interested to see if I’m getting any traffic) to find that I had 8 additional readers had visited the page yesterday. Eight!
Which was kind of odd, it’s an older post and I hadn’t linked to it on my twitter feed (where 99% of all my traffic originates). Then I looked at the traffic source. Do Not Link.
Do Not Link is a web service where you can post a hyperlink to content you want readers to visit without increasing their site stats. Obviously something is broken because I shouldn’t have been able to tell where the traffic source was, or that I had even had any new viewers. Obviously Google Analytics trumps do not link.
The thing that really confuses me is that the only reason to use do not link is to ensure that a website doesn’t get advertising revenue based on page views. Fair enough, except there are no ads on my website. So the whole rationale behind using do not link is pointless.
Anyway it’s a shame I don’t know who’s sending traffic to the blog because I’d love to know what they’re writing. Maybe I could comment. Judging by the comments I received on the aforementioned blog post it’s a lactivist website who clearly thinks that, as Dr. Narvaez does, breastmilk is the only safe thing to feed a baby and infant formula is dangerous, or some such nonsense.
Or, you know, you could comment here and let me know if I’m wrong, or if I’ve made a mistake, etc.