This is going to be awkward... or prove the internet can bring people together.
StatCounter.com is a gem because it tracks how many views my blogs get a day (or any site that needs it). Most people wake up and brush their teeth, take a shower, whatever. First thing I do when I wake up is check my StatCounter. This is a considerable upgrade from waking up and checking my email, Facebook or Twitter.
I love StatCounter because I can see how people find my site: by others posting my blogs on their Twitter or Facebook, other sites that link my posts (mainly tween sites that are obsessed with JTT, Justin or Zac Efron); I can see how people search for the blog: #1 searched item is "kirby goes to hollywood" (my name notoriously misspelled, as per usual) -- which is ahead by a hair, because "vajazzle my vagina" slipped behind by a few searches; user exit links, and what pages they check out. I c find out how many times they've returned to the site and how long they stay on. For instance, how I found out HARPO was reading? Well, their server said "HARPO." Easy peesy. I always know when Mom reads because I know she uses Windows, what browser she uses and the name of our cable company in Georgetown. And the only person I know in San Angelo is my bestie, Erin. :)
For those who read and are having a royal sh*t fit right now ("DOES SHE SEE HOW MANY TIMES I READ HER BLOG?"), please calm down. I might see where you're looking from, but it's not like it says "This is Kirbie's ISP address" or anything unless you've named it your first and last name. And yeah, I do know when people from different companies are reading, but the fact is that I can't think off the top of my head who works where (in most cases). A majority of everyone I know is from Dallas, Austin or LA, and I can't decipher who's who. So no need to feel insecure about reading.
Now that I'm finished talking you through that drama...
StatCounter also has clued me in to something the past few weeks. I'm just going to come out with it:
Von Jaks, if you or someone you know is reading this, are you trying to find me?
I noticed a while back that someone in Las Vegas Googled "Kirbie Jaks" and my post about my dad, Randy, came up as the #1 search result. It brought this Vegas visitor to my site to browse around. Then, tonight, I noticed they Googled "Kirbie Jaks" again and came back to the site.
This could be a shot in the dark, but the only people who know my biological last name is Jaks (besides those of you who read my post dedicated to my dad) are my family and close friends, and maybe some kids who went to kindergarden with me. Nobody in my family, that I'm in contact with, would ever search for me as "Kirbie Jaks," and I don't have any family in Vegas... except Von, if he (you) still live(s) there.
So I'm going to throw this out there: Von, if this is you, and you wish to contact me, send me an email. There's an "About Me" link on the right hand side of the screen that will lead you to a page where you can shoot me a few lines. I would be lying if I said I wasn't curious about you and your life. You are my biological father and Mom says I have your nose and teeth... I figure I should know maybe a little bit about you, and maybe you'd want to know how I'm doing too?
If not, you can read this blog, it keeps everything up to date in my life.