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Heavy Hitting Twitter Traffic

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Every now and again, people discover a post I wrote back in 2006 that discusses the Fedex logo, and presents an interview with its designer, Lindon Leader of Leader Creative.

A Twitter user tweeted the Fedex article, and before I knew what was happening, a flock of followers were hammering my server. I had to install a WordPress plugin called WP Super Cache, that presents viewers with a frozen static HTML page instead of the normal version that WordPress generates for each visitor. That spike would have been four times higher had I not acted.

Meanwhile, there’s a steady but calmer stream of fascinating comments being posted on older articles. Many of the comments are from people descended from the artists featured in Articles & Texticles, as well as owners, past and present, of pictures shown here.

Have a peek at articles about William Orpen, and Ivan Choultsé for starters.

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“I am Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia”

Who the hell is “Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia”, and why would he want to post the same comment on over 924,000 blogs when he’s clearly not trying to sell anything?

The weird bit is that PK has a stalker called Raiul Baztepo, who frequently comments yes there is a pattern here, on the same blog posts, and they both use forms of words that are so bland as to be suitable to just about any theme, and be unremarkable at the same time. A study in blandness, you might think. Yet there is a sort of vulnerable appeal in their form of words that is beguiling enough that the spammers often receive kind, welcoming replies to their comments.
I think it says something good about human nature that blog authors show such compassion and respect for their visiting commenters.

Here’s Piter’s schtick:

Hi ! :)
I am Piter Kokoniz. Just want to tell, that your posts are really interesting
And want to ask you: what was the reasson for you to start this blog?
Sorry for my bad english:)
Thank you!
Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia

Raiul Baztepo comments:

Hello!
Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
PS: Sorry for my bad english, I´v just started to learn this language ;)
See you!
Your, Raiul Baztepo

They are no slouches, these two. Piter has racked up 924,000 comments, and Raiul is trailing along behind him with a score of only 11,500.
And people respond to their bland blandishments, too. Is this perhaps the point of the spamming? Are these two (presumably completely fictitious people) trying to collect thousands of sympathetic blog owners URLs? And how could they possibly profit from the bloggers responses?

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New Look for Articles And Texticles

Regular visitors might have noticed that Articles & Texticles has changed its appearance.
After a couple of years of using the lovely minimalist theme called “plaintxtblog” designed by Scott Wallick, I’ve now converted the site to a theme called “Shades of Gray” which is based on a very advanced sandbox design by, er, Scott Wallick.

Shades of Gray is a style sheet designed by Leslie Franke. I’ve succeeded in getting the header image – one of the main attractions in this theme along with the crisp layout and typography – to display a succession of randomly selected images.

The other big attraction for me was the easy-to-find-and-use navigation bar right under the header picture. I’ve been planning to put some new types of content on the site for a long time, but my search for the the most usable and elegant way of doing so has been painstaking and slow. While there are thousands of themes available to WordPress bloggers, it’s been a long wait finding exactly the right one.
The good thing about WordPress software is that you can change any aspect of it you fancy, so there may be a bit more tweaking going on around here.

I hope you like it!