Angels Take Themselves Lightly, That’s Why They Can Fly

Wine blogging, and the world is watching…

I just changed who’s hosting my Website, because Google shut me down from being in their search engine.

Their reason when asked?

“Dear site owner or webmaster of wine-blog.org,

“While we were indexing your webpages, we detected that some of your pages were using techniques that are outside our quality guidelines, which can be found here: GOOGLE. This appears to be because your site has been modified by a third party. Typically, the offending party gains access to an insecure directory that has open permissions. Many times, they will upload files or modify existing ones, which then show up as spam in our index.”


Digging into my site, however, I found that Google was absolutely right. What a pain to learn that someone had taken the time to hack into my site, and throw in words on my index page that have to do with verbiage you’ve not inserted on your own… Cyber Monkeys at play, again!

Off Jose and I went to find a more secure server. In the “You get what you pay for” category, my last statistics (with the server that allowed for the insecure directory) were almost primitive as compared to my new stats.

The reason I’m sharing this with you is because – as much as we know the world is watching, it’s quite another thing to watch the world watching us.

Who’d even think that the following people would have been on this blog in just the last six days, since I’ve been with this new hosting company?

This is just fascinating stuff to read.

While they’re reading my blog in China, let’s say, I’m able to read that they’re reading the blog. Is this cool or what? It’s like bird watching or people watching…. It thought everyone reading this blog was living in California (how small we all think). Meanwhile, I can even break this down to get numbers to find out how many people are reading in Europe, for instance. Spain is where most of the wine blog readers are, while those in Italy click through at least 120 pages of the blog before they move on. (That’s like reading a novel!)

So, as I write this blog, I know that I’m now going to be more respectful of the global aspects of what I’m writing. It won’t change what I write, per se, but it will definitely be a bit more inclusive… Still, it has to remain lighthearted, or I don’t know why I’m doing it. While this wine blog isn’t my be-all-to-end-all, and I take it much more lightly than the other things I have to write for clients, I still very much enjoy this process.

Cheers, World! And, thanks for being there.

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