I wonder if people wonder what that little button is on the bottom of my pages?
That little button that says “Kick it”.
If you don’t know, it belongs to a very neat Irish website called – wait for it – Kick.
But, as far as I know, there is a site out there called Digg? Apparently Kick is the Irish version of Digg. If you like a story, you click the button and that adds a vote to your post. You can then look up the most popular posts and get an idea of the good ones. That’s a great idea.
What is very clever about it is that you can’t vote for yourself. If you try, then a vote is subtracted from your score. Sneaky!!
I did think of joining up with Digg, but I am a very small plankton in the ocean of blog sites. I would get eaten by the bigger fish.
So I joined Kick, because at least I’m a minnow in the Irish pond.
To give you an idea, I would be ranked at about 142 in the international scale, but I rank around 8 in Ireland. That makes me feel a bit better and is good for the old ego.
There is one thing that confuses me though. If I submit a story to Kick, I automatically get one vote. That’s fair. And if I don’t get any more, it sort of vanishes into obscurity, which is also fair.
But I always seem to get one other vote. So all my stories end up with two votes. Which is strange. There is one person out there, who hangs around and says to himself “Aha” Grandad has posted – I’ll give him a Kick”. I think I have only had one post [maybe two] that he [or she] has missed so far.
It’s not Herself, the dog, or Dick because they aren’t members that I know of. It’s not Ron, because he doesn’t read my site very often, and anyway, as I say he is thick with me at the moment. It could be Goerge W or God but I doubt it. So I’m baffled. Whoever you are – thank you anyway.
One of my stories has got nine kicks at the moment which is nice. That’s a lot in the Irish scale of things. Especially, as not only was the story politically very incorrect but I even put in a P.S. – “I bet I don’t get Kicked for this one”. Maybe people saw that as a challenge? Maybe they are out to get me [ah – the old paranoia again]?
Another thing that is strange is that I did a couple of posts over the weekend, that between them got 31 comments. That means a lot of interest [unless of course I’m just writing to myself under various nom-de-plumes to bolster my ego, but I don’t think I am]. But neither story got kicked. They both stayed at 1. So no one liked them, but they wrote a lot about them. I had decided they were destined to be failures and they’d slide to the bottom of the Kick-pond where they would fester in the mud. But I tuned in this morning and they both suddenly have been kicked! My anonymous fan is back!
I posted a little mental ramble this morning [what I like to think of as a ‘mind fart’], and I didn’t even bother entering it into Kick. I thought people had lost interest.
I’ll stick a Kick button at the bottom of this. It is there purely for illustrative purposes. I am not asking you to klick it because that would be canvassing, and unfair to others. So don’t. Unless of course you want to.