Unha-3 Rocket Failure Prompts Queries
Note: 6th in a series on North Korea
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Internet-based online publishing allows something never EVER possible before… instantaneous access to vast amounts of information about WHO reads what YOU write.
That ability, plus a story of intrigue worthy of a spy novel, hit home yesterday.
The current event is the recent North Korean rocket launch that raised international eyebrows two weeks ago. The mystery is who is reading about it today.
Because of an impending North Korean missile test, I had written a series of newsy articles about that test. I included articles on North Korea’s associated nuclear weapons development program – five articles in all.
It was one set in a recurrent theme I’ve been writing about for almost a year on the subject of “Finding Secret Military Bases Made Simple“. That’s one of my hobbies.
Even though poorly written nearly a year ago, that very first article still gets 1-2 hits a day. It’s more popular every month now than the first month it was published.
Yesterday, unusually, I published two news articles. Neither of them were my most read article of the day. (I write maybe 1 article every other day)
Nope! My most popularly read article yesterday was this one, “Where to Test a Nuclear Bomb“. It’s part of my North Korean series.
The article describes where North Korea tests its nuclear weapons. It includes satellite images of where they have tested and where they may test weapons in the future.
That article was published two weeks ago. However, fully 1/3rd of all reads it has ever had occurred yesterday.
The Plot Thickens
I publish using the free version of WordPress. It may be the world’s most popular blogging software.
WordPress provides its users access to a lot of information about who reads their user’s blogs. Among the daily information they provided me is:
- The number of reads every specific blog post gets
- What search engine and search engine criteria were used
- Where your article is reposted and then accessed from anywhere on the Internet
- Country of origin
That is how I knew the Korean article was my most accessed.
Usually, most of my old articles are found through search engine criteria. There are other ways, like reposts, but searches are the most common.
Yesterday, though, none of the usual reasons could explain why that older article was accessed so many times. I was baffled.
The Mystery of “Why?” Gets Solved
Late in the afternoon I did a Net news search for “North Korea” and found that, on that very day, North Korea had threatened to reduce Seoul, South Korea to “ashes” through “unusual methods”.
A nuclear bomb delivered by a short range missile that North Korea already has certainly qualifies! 😉
It explains why my North Korean nuke article attracted attention, but does not explain how.
I still have not figured that out. It seems the only explanation is that individuals shared the article link through email or other means undetectable to WordPress.
Perhaps it was concerned government agencies. They do stuff like that.
I had a chance encounter with NSA spooks once and am both suspicious and paranoid about such things. Because of several life experiences, I’m pretty sure I’m on more than one watch list.
As of 4 am PDT today, I had 25 article reads. Doesn’t sound like much but given how boring my stuff is – the count stands out.
Every single read is of one of the five North Korean articles written two weeks earlier. 4 out of 5 of those reads were from Austria. Why?
Search engine criteria suggests that curiosity seekers found those articles. But why so many so early in the day from one country?
There are any number of perfectly logical explanations for that, but it still raises my radar.
Once upon a time, in the dim dark past, I was a regular weekly newspaper print media columnist.
I never knew exactly how readers knew of my column. I never thought about it. I just assumed they read it in the paper. All I knew was that I was a sorta popular and a kinda infamous guy because of it.
Online publishing tools have changed all that. Now I know specifics. I know things I never dreamed possible before.
It helps my writing, of course, yet totally mystifies and now frightens me. I worry about an unexpected knock at the door.
It makes me 10 times more paranoid than I ever used to be.