After resisting for almost a year, I finally created a "fan" page for my blog on Facebook. The only reason I did so was because many of my friends on FB are not the outdoorsy type. I felt a little bad filling their feed with all of my outdoor information via my personal account. Now I have a place to post that stuff and people have to willingly choose to "like" the blog fan page. (I won't bother going into how I hate the way FB uses certain terms like "fan page".)
Over on the right hand column of my blog, there is a Facebook box that lets you "Like" my blog. Doing that allows you to follow the blog-related updates on FB. Of course, you must have a FB account for that to work. Duh.
Below the FB box is a smaller rectangular FB button. That links to my personal FB account. If you'd like to hit that and send me a friend request, you are more than welcome to do so. You can do both, either one, or none of the above. I know some of you use FB, some use Twitter, some use both, and some don't use either one. The blog fan page is just my way of giving you FB-only folks an option for getting the same info I put on Twitter. The blog fan page is here: HeyBJK.
Now I have a question, of sorts, and was wondering if anyone else is seeing this. Up until about three weeks ago, my blog's referring URL's and sites were all the "normal" stuff. Most of my blog's traffic was coming from Google, Twitter, Facebook, the OBN, and several of your blogs. My stats now show something completely different. The majority of those referring sites are foreign and most look spammy. Even though the vast majority of my traffic comes from the U.S., most of the referrals are foreign.
Before you ask, I have already swept my house for bugs and malicious code. My blog gets a green light as far as being free of spam and unwanted intruders. Is anybody else seeing these kinds of sites and URL's in their stats? Anybody have an explanation?
I'm just curious because it bothers me. Something doesn't seem right, but I'm not sure what it is. Apparently, I have a lot of blog fans in Russia. Not exactly what I was shooting for...