Saturday, July 17, 2010

An Unfortunate Closing

Two weeks ago, I stopped producing fresh content for Flashing Georgie's Shorts. Last week I officially took FSG into retirement. Today (7/17), I received my weekly status report from Sitemeter for the last week that it was opened.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that the average length of time someone spent visiting my blog shot up to 17 minutes and 36 seconds. I did some research, but was unable to determine where that visitor came from.

I say visitor because the same IP addy stopped by on five occasions, with four of them being consecutive.

Suffice to say, I am somewhat disturbed. No, scratch that. I am royally pissed that someone may have been trying to do something funky with my blog content.


Until further notice, Flashing Georgie's Shorts is now closed for public consumption. I do apologize for the inconvenience that this will cause everyone, but I really need to give some thought on whether or not I should make FSG a semi-private blog. That is, just for the readers of Cedar Mountain and no one else.

Update: Upon further review (namely thinking about this for several hours) and after reading everyone's thoughtful comments about this, I have decided to give myself the old British Navy punishment of 40 lashes to the back for writing such a infantile post. I've also decided to reopen FSG. I won't nuke this post, because I need something to remind me that I can be me my own worse enemy.


  1. I'm confused. Isn't it a good thing that someone is pouring through your archives??

  2. That's just pretty weird. Even if they were copying it they wouldn't have needed that long. I don't put much fiction up on the net, in part for this reason. But in the end, this is just weird.

  3. Bearman: Normally, it is.

    But I've hear legitimate stories from other writer/bloggers who have found some of their stuff elsewhere posted without permission.

    I've gotten some visitors on FSG from places where, shall we say, copyright infringement can be considered a given.

    I don't mind if people peruse the archives of Cedar's Mountain, but perusing a short story blog does have some potential landmines to it, one of which is people pirating your work.

    Charles: I agree, it is weird. I did give some serious thought that someone was simply killing time by perusing the blog (it is almost like a e-zine of sorts), but in the end, the privacy/persecution issues I had while in the chat rooms have reared their collective ugly head some two years later.

    If I'm wrong, I apologize to the people out there who have been reading my blog, but I would rather err on the side of caution, than to possibly find my stuff elsewhere.

  4. I don't get it. Why does that automatically mean someone was doing something funky with your blog content?

  5. Google bots spends a lot of time scrolling over BTAP and Pulp Writer. Could it be that?

  6. I don't have sats on my blog as I know I'd get paranoid about stuff like this. Actually I do on my non blogger blogs, but I try not to look at them because I get pissed off that no one reads them! :D

  7. I hope it's just a slow reader who wanted to read everything!

    On another note, how about just saying "bikini" rather than "string bikini"? That should work.

  8. EOM: "Funky with the content" would mean that someone was perhaps trying to copy and post something of mine (in this case a story) without asking permission to do so.

    David: No. I've actually given this a lot of thought between the time I'd wrote this post and with this current batch of comments, and I'm leaning very strong towards my initial conclusion of someone just spending an ungodly amount of perusing the blog.

    Joe: It's funny, but I used to be paranoid like that. But because both FSG and my book blog have almost no visitors to them, any kind of jump in stats is gonna trigger that leftover persecution complex of mine from the chat rooms.

    My picture blog has none of those features. Less stress.

    R.K.: That's what I'm leaning towards now. It's gonna take me a long time to get over my OCD as it applies to my privacy.

    And to answer that other question, I thought there was only one type of bikini. Seriously, there are other types?

  9. This is directed to everyone who either made a comment or is about to make a comment.

    Apparently, I still have major OCD as it pertains to my online privacy, which was the driving force as to why I wrote such a stupid post to begin with.

    After giving it a lot of thought, I will be reopening FSG for people to peruse at their leisure.

    I apologize to everyone for today's post. I won't be nuking it because I need something to remind me that there are times when I can be my own worse enemy.

  10. I think you made the right decision G. However, I can understand your concerns.

  11. Kelly: I have an incredibly bad habit of shooting from the lip before thinking things through.

    The more I thought about it, the more pissed off I got at myself for having such a knee jerk reaction to begin with.

    Like I said, I have OCD when it comes to my online privacy and sometimes it makes me do stupid things.

  12. Yes, there are many types - I could probably do an entire post. Regular bikini, string bikini, tankini...the list goes on and on!

  13. R.K.: Do you now see how I can have a one track mind on certain things (like a woman's body and types of bathing attire)?

    Monday's post will be posing this exact same question and I would appreciate your unique perspective on this particular issue.

  14. I have that same ocd, paranioa of being royally robbed-

    I've still been unable to get my hands on the code to implant in html used to disable right-click copy/paste, or if a pic is copied, there's a code to only move a white screen pic instead.
    I've seen it in use on other sites, but still have been going nuts trying to get my hands on it to protect my work-
    So most writing stays off-line, n all orig paintings have been altered and/or cropped so only I retain the complete version as proof.

    I know your pain!
    But maybe it was me that day of thunderstorms when I kept crashing out my browser...
    Also, sometimes I go cook or eat while pages are open, go do other projects, then return. I'm a notorious multi-tasker...

  15. R.K.: Not just yet. I was on a roll again with my originality while you were on vaca so Monday's is extra juicy and especially designed for this blog.

    Trust me, when the time comes, I will ask for your valued opinion on beachwear.

    Snaggle: Not so much as being royally robbed (although that does come with the territory) as being hammered into the ground with my own words again.

    Very long story, but basically its not all peaches & cream in the cyber world. Lots of mentally F'd people out there who enjoy power trips of this kind.

    Probably for the foreseeable future my writings will stay off line, unless its something I write specifically for the blog.

  16. One of my posts turned up on a soft porn site once - I was outraged at the time but in hindsight it's rather nice to be thought as a sexy housewife:))
    ( Obviously the culprit hadn't seen the size of my arse.) I thought about reporting it but decided it was probably more effort than it was worth - bearing in mind it was particularly poorly done.

    It's probaby just a genuine interested person - if I find a blog I like I sometimes scroll way back through previous posts. It's stirs the curosity wondering who these anonymous readers are but I guess 99% are completely normal.

  17. Jane: I pretty much wound up coming to that same conclusion. Which is why I wrote what I wrote in the comments, just in case no one got the addendum I threw on after I wrote the post.


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