Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Internet Stalker

I have a stat counter which posts the visitor count, but I'd not really looked at where they were coming from. There's a wide assortment, 90% from the states, maybe 8 % from Canada and the rest an assortment, including a military base far away. I then clicked on visits from my State, which broke down by City.

I really didn't expect anything unusual, Broad Ripple, some friends in Zionsville and further north, but there it was, sticking out like a sore thumb. A frequent, really frequent visitor from the town right next to my little burg. 15 minutes away. Three visits on some days. Some lasting an hour or more. Early morning, late night. A couple of Saturdays, logged on all day, one visit in the total count, but all day. Did they log on in the morning and just forget about it like I do a lot. Does this person not have a LIFE?

I have to admit, it bothered me a bit. None of my friends live there, one coworker but he doesn't read blogs, hardly touches the Internet. This person just seemed to be tailing my every blog post. Sometimes staying for hours late at night, multiple visits on a daily basis. Creepy. I pictured someone living in their parents basement, mall ninja by day, sitting home alone playing with their Wookie action figure at night.

So I looked at Stat counter to see if I could see the IP address. There it was, the IP address, the Internet provider.

IT WAS ME.

Apparently, my little town doesn't show up with the IP, the next closest town does. Now, I have a healthy ego and all, but I'll do eharmony.com before I stalk myself

And yes, I do feel like a complete dork.

You all have a safe and happy week!

Love - Brigid

51 comments:

Borepatch said...

HAHAHAHA!

Pappy said...

If you don't think you're worth stalking, who else would?

I have been accused of being eccentric by some, but I never thought of stalking myself!

Ruth said...

Hah, I can see myself doing that!

Check your options, but most site counter type setups have an option so you can make sure your own hits aren't tracked (usually requires allowing the site to put a cookie on your computer).

Groundhog said...

There's no place like 127.0.0.1 ;)

DirtCrashr said...

Ha! Spooky!! I had that happen when I installed an network-monitor thing and discovered someone kept trying to access my network!!
Turns out, taking a look at the MAC address, it was my TiVo...

North said...

That isn't the meaning of the phrase "dating myself" at all!

Keads said...

HA! I was freaked out in my newbie stage of Blogging (you know). Now I don't even look at the stats.

You stalking you? That's deep. I'll get back to you on that one!

North said...

And now that I think about it, I visit your site TONS. I just have a bunch of sites that I click through during the day click click click.

Albert said...

I wanna see you get a restraining order. :)

Rev. Paul said...

Done that ... but as usual, your version is way funnier than mine.

Kirk said...

Hey! What's wrong with Wookie action figures?

:P

julie said...

:D

Been there, done that! Too funny.

Blackeagle said...

HA!

Stalking yourself. I don't care who ya are, that's funny right there

Eric said...

I read that one to my wife - too funny!

Murphy's Law said...

Aw, man...Murphy and I were packing up for a road trip to "de-stalkerize" you.

Now I got to get all those guns back out of the car and into the safe again. Grumble, grumble, grumble...

HEATHER said...

Bwhahaha!! This is so funny!

Kirk A said...

Another contributing factor: a tabbed browser! A friend of mine wondered why I was hitting his business site so frequently; it had simply gotten saved into my numerous startup tabs.

Hat Trick said...

"Did they log on in the morning and just forget about it like I do a lot. "

Exactly what I do after I comment some days. I guess I'm stalking you. :-) Actually it's so I can come back easily to see other comments but sometimes it's because I have too many tabs open and forget.

45er said...

Paging Dr. Freud.

That's hilarious. When I first started forever ago (I dunno, a few weeks) I remember telling a friend that has been doing this a while that I was kind of amazed that people decided to follow MY blog. I don't even KNOW these people. LOL. Then it hit me (when he pointed it out). I ASKED for this.

Drang said...

I hardly look at Sitemeter, considering my stats compared to, say, yours or Tams, it just gets depressing...

The Dude said...

Gosh Damit, That's Funny.....

Midwest Patriot said...

WHEW!! For a moment there, I thought I'd been found out.

Good thing you're taking the fall this time.

Blue said...

:)

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

Sometimes the stranger in the mirror looks eerily familiar...

Dann in Ohio

Mrs. S. said...

Funny.

Noticed that about blogmeter when I set up my blog, but figured visitors would be very few because it is set up as non-internet-searchable.

Have fun stalking yourself. I would imagine it takes a bit of time to review and post all of our comments.

Have a great evening!

Don said...

Can't believe no one has pointed this out yet, but all you've discovered is that, ma'am, IT'S COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!

Brigid said...

Don - there I was, checking the blog before sleep and your comment.

"It's coming from Inside the House".

Bwahahahahhahaha. If I'd had an adult beverage it would have been spilled.

Nite all.

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Here I was all ready to tell you how common it is for me to log onto someone's site, do something else while it's loading {because my internet service takes forever} and then forget all about it until the next day!

But too funny, that it was you that was logged on! Have a great day!

P.S. somehow I don't think anyone in their right mind would come on to your property unannounced:)

Roscoe said...

A stalker would turn off Flash and JavaScript, using a browser proxied through an anonymizing network. Look for weird one-offs at the same time each day ... like an IP address from Finland which doesn't leave any other trace beyond IP address.

With 64 bit operating systems and gobs of memory, more people are just going to open the site in a tab and leave it there. Thanks to Windows 7 and 8 GB, I usually have a half dozen or more running at a time and often lose track of what's been left open where because the tabs get too small for titles.

TrueBlueSam said...

According to the numbers, your blog is about 100 times better than mine, and you don't even have a theme song. Oh Well, or words to that effect.

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

bwahahahahaha. That is awesome. Glad to know you are safe from your stalker.

Stormdrane said...

Basements rule! Just keep the noise level down. Noob stalkers don't know how to use a proxy... :P

immagikman said...

That was wayyy too funny :) Well self love is safe love as they say ;)

frank505 said...

Hey, I was born in Zionsville and spent a lot of time in the Broad Ripple library. A long time ago.

Shepherd K said...

Don't be hatin' on the stalkers. We need love too. How do you think I convinced The Queen to marry me?

Rico said...

Well after discovering your page I really wanted to stalk you, but the whole work week, chores, errands, and church schedule get in the way, plus my wife said no. ;-)

Great page, you've become one of my favorite bloggers.

Tam said...

Darn it, Don used the joke I was gonna use. *kicks rock*

:D

Laurie said...

*snort* So glad you it was a false alarm. :-)

Old NFO said...

At least you were checking :-) That truly had to be a 'head-desk' moment!!!

TNZE said...

We have met the enemy and they is us...

Pogo from Okeefenokee Swamp comic strip

PPPP said...

Had me worried there.

And then: "IT WAS ME."

That really was quite funny.
____________

You do realize, of course, that you'll never be able to convince a judge to grant a restraining order.

And even if you could, your stalker will never abide by it and will constantly be violating it.

Not only that, if you have both a land line and a cell phone, your stalker will still be able to call and harass you, no matter how secure you've been in giving out your private numbers.

RainyDaze said...

I have to say that gave me my chuckle for the day. Years ago when I was in college, I fell asleep, I woke up with a cold hand against my cheek.. Freaking out, screaming I smacked said hand away.. only to find out it was my own and I had fallen asleep on it. What does that make me?

Thanks again for the laugh!

naturegirl said...

Ok, usually I'm a silent reader, but this time I have to literally laugh OUT LOUD.....

Brigid said...

naturegirl - thanks! And welcome.

Grumpyunk said...

I've already publicly stated that I wanted to be your Internet Stalker, Brigid.

But darn if it just isn't to much like work.
Sorry for being such a lazy old fart.

ChuckAtPodunkOutpost said...

That is too funny...

I hate to think what kind of trail I must leave with multiple tabs in multiple browsers on multiple computers running multiple operating systems - from my house...

sobriant74 said...

LOL, as an IT guy I was thinking in my head as I read your story "its got to be her and the map is wrong", glad to hear that's all it was and that no one is crazy stalkin' you. Always remember that those IP's are assigned to your ISP and its sub-stations, not your actual house. I've had some folks complain bitterly when they can't get themselves to show up on "internet IP maps" such as the blogger stats. I try to gently explain how it works and even point out that its probably best if people can't trace your traffic right to your doorstep, but they usually aren't happy about it.

Ruth is correct by the way, blogger lets you deduct your own stats from your site, I know b/c I set up the cookie on all 4 of my computers (in each browser no less) so that I don't count myself.

Jim said...

LOL! Definitely sounds like a facepalm moment once you realized the source. Thanks for the laugh. Needed it this afternoon!

Chuck K said...

If you notice me being logged on for hours - I'm not stalking - I just walked away from the computer while your page was up...

Mike W. said...

Hilarious! I find that Sitemeter logs aren't very accurate as far as location is concerned.

I'm surprised you even check your sitemeter given the level of traffic you have. I rarely look at mine anymore.

Ed said...

Wookie action figure....pfffft....only Boba Fett...maybe a Storm Trooper.