OK, who are you and what did you do with my blog post?


Where my posts are going. We’re just tiny specks here, but can you see me and my blog waving hello? Image courtesy of duboix, Morguefile.

Thank goodness for trackbacks and pingbacks. Without them, it would be much harder to know where my blog posts end up.

Since I started blogging and sending out my posts to be seen all over the world, my blog has turned up in some interesting places. I’ve been reblogged a few times (thanks for the proper attribution, people, it’s appreciated). Whenever I’ve been reblogged, I get curious and go over to that person’s blog to see it. Other bloggers have also been kind enough to mention my blog in their own blog posts. I am amazed and touched by their generosity because these bloggers are people I’ve never even met in real life.

A couple of times, I’ve been notified that my posts showed up in places where I never expected they would travel. For example, I did a proofreading post back on January 9th about Bette Nesmith, mother of Monkees musician Mike Nesmith. Bette Nesmith invented the correction fluid called Liquid Paper. Later, a pingback told me that my post appeared on a site that had to do with Liquid Paper. Well….um….okay. As far as I could tell, the site was an aggregator and picked up various mentions of Liquid Paper from different sources.

A few months later, I received a trackback notice that the June 19th post I wrote about author Lucy Maud Montgomery and my two trips to Prince Edward Island was mentioned on a website that had to do with Prince Edward Island tourism. Wow. That was unexpected. It wasn’t the official Tourism PEI site, though.

(Hey, PEI tourism people, you can send the check any day now for the free publicity I’ve given you. Just kidding. Send some donairs and poutine instead. I’ve got the munchies for Canadian food.)

It’s odd how my blog posts are turning up in different places, but I don’t think I mind too much as long as I’m properly credited. When somebody reads the post and learns some useful information from it, wherever that post may be, that’s good enough for me.



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23 responses to “OK, who are you and what did you do with my blog post?

  1. It’s also possible your posts are being picked up by bloggers using Zemanta. I use it a lot when I want to add related posts to something I’ve written.

  2. Hey if your posts weren’t such a great read ….

  3. the curtain raiser

    Your blog is so well-travelled! In the end, we are all just one link away from each other.

  4. I’m not out for publicity but just to have a chance to meet interesting people who love photography and my Pacific Northwest. I discovered my photographs all over the web when I google locations I had photographed. It was kind of cool seeing my work out there. I’m new to your blog but will tack on a follow instruction as soon as I finish the comment……… Done! 🙂

  5. One of my favorite features about WordPress is that it allows you to see where you’ve “been.” Places I know that I will never visit continue to come and visit me — and vice-versa. There is something just so . . . freakin’ cool about that.

  6. Also, check out the sites that refer visitors to your blog. I was linked to from a travel site in South Korea once.

  7. I have to admit… I have no idea what trackbacks and pings are… I’ve had a few, but didn’t really know what to make of them! (What an ignorant newbie I am!)

  8. Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving a comment today. Your blog looks interesting. I will be back. Dianne

  9. I occasionally get pingbacks from a website and when I try to follow the links they go nowhere. I don’t totally understand what they are and if it is benefitting my blog but I have to moderate the comment. I wonder if I’m doing any harm when I approve the comment.

  10. Your blog posts have been a’traveling, Editor, and I think that’s a compliment. Your posts wouldn’t make it very far if people didn’t enjoy what you share here. I did have a couple posts downright stolen in the early days. Wrote a long sob story to the thief telling them that they needed to share their own words, not steal the words of others. Don’t know if it ever inspired him/her though, and it turned out to be a big hassle to report the thieves.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Kathy. It’s my philosophy that thieves end up being caught sooner or later when someone else recognizes that they are acting (or writing) out of character. Each writer has his or her own distinct style.

  11. My photographs are all over Pinterest, with no reference to me or my blog. I’m not sure I am happy about this. I tried joining Pinterest, but I found it confusing and boring.


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