Obscure Link Drives Blog Traffic
Something strange was happening yesterday related to the blog. Normally, FaceBook is the top “referer” to this blog. This makes perfect sense, since I post the link out there for you to just click on to read the most recent post.
Anyhow, yesterday mid-morning traffic started coming from a completely unrelated website. It was actually a place for car owners’ of a certain manufacturer. I was curious and looked into it. To my surprise, it was all driven by one simple post from a former WVU student . He linked to our blog, giving a one sentence lead-in.
I read the dialogue with interest. I’m touched by the compassion of most, and appalled by the complete ignorance of a few. One person said he was “traumatized” by Ryan’s pictures. Really? I could surely give him a lesson in trauma.
Further, there was the comment that I should “let go”. How exactly would I do this? Stop feeding him? Put a pillow over his face? What an ignorant person! Poor bastard.
It just reminds me of the importance of this blog. It really is educational, although it was never my intent. We know what a “coma/vegetative state” is, but most do not. They picture Ryan in bed… hooked up to life-support, while the family sits bedside doing crossword puzzles. Well, there is no “plug” to pull. Instead, there are days filled with endless therapy and meticulous care. I’m not sure there is a greater and longer enduring challenge on this earth.
There’s a Lesson in this
I’m so angry this didn’t come to me earlier… and I’ll ask for your help instituting it. As “Team Diviney”, why not leave a link to our blog in websites we visit (that are appropriate). If so inclined, maybe you could even place the link in your personal e-mail signature?
If yesterday taught me anything, it is people just need introduced to Ryan and his story. It’s hard to turn away once you meet us out here in the blogosphere.
 The blogosphere is made up of all blogs and their interconnections. The term implies that blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social network in which everyday authors can publish their opinions. (www.Wikipedia.com).