I’m number 44!


I received a message from Feedbot, that they named Picnic with Ants one of the top 100 chronic illness blogs.

You can see all of the blogs and websites who are honored to be listed in the top 100 here. 

This is the introduction from Feedbot explaining their ranking criteria:

“Chronic Illness Blogs List

chronic illness is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. The term chronicis often applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months.

These are the Best Chronic Illness blogs from thousands of top Chronic Illness blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week.

These blogs are ranked based on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review”


There are some great blogs listed, so be sure to check the 100 Best Chronic Illness Blogs according to Feedbot.


Summary of Stuff about my Site for the Year … and WordPress This button.

I was looking at my Stats page, and found some interesting things.

The search term that lead people to my blog most often is, not surprisingly, Meniere’s Disease, but a funny thing…the term “applesauce” or “apple sauce” brought in 61 viewers.  Today I had 2 viewers find me when they searched for “funny treehouse”  I’m sure these people were disappointed.

I’ve had 14,311 views…with 1,069 published comments which is about half as many Spam comments that were caught and never published.  (some of these were hilarious!  I should share some one day.)

This will be my 211th post.

It says my busiest day was Oct. 22, 2011 with 110 views.  I thought it was funny since, I did not have a new post that day.

This month I had over 1000 more views than I did in February.  (that’s a good sign, I guess)

I have 44 followers through WordPress, or email subscribers.  (I don’t know how to find out if people are following through something else.)  I know some people really strive for more and more readers.  I just want readers who will get something from my blog.  Learn a bit about certain illnesses, get a little support, perhaps find a friend….that makes blogging worth it for me, not the number of followers I have.

Did you know if you use WordPress – people can RE-POST your Post without your permission!

Wordpress This is a button, that has this logo and the word This behind it...beware of it.

Now about something I found out today that I don’t like.  The WordPress This Button.  If you have Share buttons at the bottom of your posts so people can share a link to your post on Twitter, ect…  Wordpress has added this little button that looks like the WordPress “W” and the word “This” after it.  This allows people to Repost your Post on their WordPress blog without your permission.  I just had my Dark Days…post reposted on a weightloss blog, does that  make any sense?  And I have no power to have them remove it.  I tried to contact WordPress support but they are closed until the 2nd.

You can change the setting for this on your Dashboard, under Settings – Sharing.  I changed it so this button does not appear on my blog any longer.

Would this bother you?  Or is it just me?

I have a whole list of things I want to accomplish in 2012 – I’ll probably share them with you tomorrow.  

Happy New Years to all!!  Cheers!