I’m Not a Stumbling Man

17 May

On occasion, the internet makes me feel like a moron.  Okay, not really on occasion, but on a regular basis.  It’s rest assured that I’ll keep logging into it though and keep the momentum fast-paced toward really making me feel stupid.  Beer kills brain cells?  Ptth, please.  I’m guessing my laptop does worse.


Almost every blog or website has a little shiny button on it that looks like this (see below).

Above:  The shiny button.  You want to push it, don’t you.

What is it?  It’s a website called Stumbleupon.  Here, I’ll let them describe what they do in their – well – ‘What is Stumbleupon?’ section:

We help you easily discover new and interesting stuff on the Web. Tell us what you like, and we’ll introduce you to amazing web pages, videos, photos and more that you wouldn’t have found on your own.

As you Stumble through great web pages, tell us whether you Like or Dislike our recommendations so we can show you more of what’s best for you. We’ll show you web pages based on that feedback as well as what similar Stumblers and the people you follow have Liked or Disliked.

Our members have given us some pretty great compliments in the past, including describing us as “the entire Internet, all in one place,”  ”an epic journey” and “a map to an adventure you wouldn’t otherwise have found out about.”

Whether you’re interested in Humor, Photography, Fashion or Sports, we have something for you.  Every Stumble is an adventure, and something amazing is always just a click away.

Okay, so I use the thing.

I’ve had a Stumbleupon account for years now – and I STILL don’t get it.  I use them for my cartoons to draw in some newer readers and, quite frankly, page hits (I get paid advertising dollars, so can’t blame a guy).  But…it’s never, NEVER the same.  And I don’t understand the inconsistencies of it.  One day, I get several thousand hits from posting up something.  The next day – zero.  Why is that?  Also, some days it’s just four people.  And then the next day 40.  Yet, the content is pretty much the same.  How the??  Why?

Here’s a screen shot of recent posts.  Notice the thousands on one of them – and the zero at the top of the screen (you can’t the actual image, but it’s just another cartoon).

Click image for larger view

I have read through everything about how Stumbleupon works, but it doesn’t seem to work that way, you know.

Not that I really care that much about it.  It takes me less than a minute to submit my work to the thing so I’ll just do it regardless, but now – after years – I’d like some answers.  I don’t think it has to do with the popularity of a comic.  Some of my best work gets zero – or twenty.  Yet, some of the less-popular ones can one day garnish thousands upon thousands of hits.  I dunno.

I notice some sites get tens of thousands a hits a day from Stumbleupon – consistently.  How come I can’t?  Am I not a Stumbleupon groupie or something?

So, I’m pleading with you.  If anyone out there can explain this phenomenon, please fill me in.  I’m sure once you do, again, I’ll feel like a moron because I didn’t realize something, but I don’t mind.  I’m so used to it now, it’s the norm.  Der!


7 Responses to “I’m Not a Stumbling Man”

  1. What I Desired To Say May 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Too much technology on the web for most people to “Get” it all. I am also unable to help. Sorry.

    • w101njf May 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

      Hey, it’s nice to hear I’m not alone!

  2. gardenfreshtomatoes May 18, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    I looked at it once, got confused and never went back…
    I thought it was because I was old…

    • w101njf May 18, 2012 at 4:56 am #

      It’s very confusing. I get the concept of browsing – which I can do find (where it shows you websites of interest). However, promoting my own stuff…well…..

  3. bearmancartoons May 18, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    I use it and have the same results. Don’t get thousands of hits ever but I can range from about 20 on the low end to about 500-600 and never know why. I think it mainly has to do with when your cartoon hits compared to when others are posting. If it hits at a time that others are not posting it stays higher on the list for a bit so more people are exposed to it.

    • w101njf May 18, 2012 at 5:56 am #

      Maybe that it’s. Still though, I notice comics that always have tens of thousands of hits from it daily. If I had any common sense, I’d just ask those comic creators, but I don’t.

      • bearmancartoons May 18, 2012 at 7:12 am #

        Let me know if you get sense and get a reply

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