If a doctor declares a patient dead, and they aren’t, is that malpractice? What if a blogger does the same thing?
I’ve noticed slightly more people than usual have been reading my blog in the last few days. Nothing major, but still, an increase.
WordPress, the magical stage upon which bloggers strut and fret their hour, has a backstage area called the Dashboard. Only we kings (and queens) get to visit this gritty nerve center of our little fiefdoms. No stage door Johnny’s allowed, folks –sorry.
The Dashboard summarizes all sorts of stuff about our blogs, and tells us how many people are viewing our posts that day, or week. Here we can access our Site Stats. One interesting feature of this is that you can tell what terms, put into a search engine like Google, led a reader to your post. None of this reveals a specific reader’s information, however, lest you get paranoid that Big Brother is watching – just the statistics.
This is a magical/scary place that the wise blogger only briefly visits. The unwary can get sucked down into the numbers vortex and lose large parts of their lives to the pursuit, kind of like World of Warcraft zombies.
One might assume that my witty writing was finally catching on with the masses. I did not so assume. I cautiously entered the Land of Site Stats to try to find out why my numbers were up. There I discovered that an amusing, yet largely ignored post of mine from last January was generating the buzz.
The post was R.I.P “Bunny” Bixler. For those not familiar with the 1958 Rosalind Russell film “Auntie Mame”, 2 things:
1) Bunny Bixler is a fictional character who is mentioned in the film, but whom we never meet
2) Go rent the movie. It’s delightful!
For those too lazy or uninterested to check out the actual post, I’ll summarize: I published a fictional obituary for the fictional Bunny Bixler, adding little details faithfully gleaned from the movie.
Fast-forward 7 months (or 50 years?). Some people have been searching for Bunny and ended up at my blog. My post turned out to be 3rd on the list when I Googled Bunny Bixler. Stalking through the other items on the list I discovered that Bunny Bixler is also the Nom de Chanteuse that has been assumed by a Pittsburgh drag queen.
I have to wonder at the shock experienced by those searching for news of a favorite performer, or friend, only to come across her obituary. Then to discover it was merely the meanderings of a straight, middle-aged hausfrau, clueless as to the new person inhabiting the persona…
For those who wandered over to my blog in this way, I say: since you’re here, please feel free to pull up a cyber-tuffet and stay. Although I don’t specifically deal with LGBT issues, any and all readers are welcome.
If the real/unreal Bunny Bixler herself/himself happens to read this, I apologize for any confusion or angst my posting of your obituary has caused. If anyone mentions it, just quote Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”