Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

What’s with this sock?

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sockI’m popping my head up from a new project to see if any of you can answer a question.

We’ve all voiced our issues with the changes that occur within WordPress…some good, some not so good.  It’s free, so I tend to go with the flow.

One thing thing that’s boggled my mind is why a particular image I posted several years ago is clicked on practically every day, sometimes more than once. The post was an analogy between my writing time and the sock that seems to go missing after every load of laundry, but it appears the sock is the star of the post.

Any ideas on why this is? I find it odd that so many people are interested in a photo of a sock. Or perhaps, writing this post is my method of procrastinating.

Back to work.

 

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

132 thoughts on “What’s with this sock?

  1. I can’t answer, but I have a pic of a map of the Mason Dixon line that enjoys the same. All I can figure is that there must be a lot of students researching the Mason Dixon line for school and when they google for images mine pops up in searches. Maybe every time someone shops for socks online and googles socks your image pops up…lol. The mysteries of the internet.

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    • Hi Susan! That makes sense that students doing research would result in the clicks on your map. That makes things even more puzzling to me…who’s researching socks? 🙂 I did Google sock images, but I didn’t see Derek’s sock, but I was surprised by all of the photos. Have a great weekend!

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  2. I have no idea Jill – butit’s intriguing and I’ll pop back in case someone does 🙂

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  3. I had the opposite problem where photos that were on there for a long time in old posts suddenly disappear and only show as a small rectangle in the post. But your sock … that must be one special sock!

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  4. I posted a tiny picture of a sword at the bottom of a post once, a picture I swiped from google images, and that dumb image has gotten more clicks than any words I’ve ever written. Weird.

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  5. That is quite an enigma, Jill. I loved this post very much because it goes to show how random the world is. I think the sock people were looking for was an electronic sock and they came here thinking it was the information they needed. Wannabe hackers, I suppose? But isn’t it a gift to have something that brings enlightenment to so many? Warm wishes. x SB

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  6. Hmmm… I have no idea why either. I have an old post that gets clicked on a lot, but it’s a tutorial about mixed media painting. I found a pic from it has been reposted on Pinterest and people are clicking on the link from Pinterest. Maybe your picture is on Pinterest? Hope you figure out the mystery.

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  7. Maybe they think that if they click on the picture, the missing partner will appear. 😉

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  8. I have similar experiences. Is it anything to do with the three RELATED posts that are listed at the bottom of each entry?

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  9. This is weird. The only similarity I’ve had is that a post I wrote three years ago has had more hits than any other because there are pics attached that show where Skyfall, the James Bond film, was filmed. The hitters have arrived via Google images. This is kind of understandable…but a single sock? No idea Jill, sorry!

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  10. Good question! But I have no answer 😉 Have a great weekend, Jill, and thanks for popping up from your new project. It’s always great to hear from you 🙂

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  11. Hmm….no clue. Looks like a pretty ordinary sock. Shows how little I know. I wasn’t even aware you could see how many times someone has clicked on an image.

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    • Hi Laurie! I just realized it was you. 🙂 What a nice surprise. I agree, it’s very ordinary and no holes. I never realized about the clicks either. I’m certainly not a WordPress expert. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  12. No idea, Jill, but images in a blog post (whether blogger or wordpress) can be so cantankerous. I spent a couple afternoons this week researching that very topic. 🙂

    Best wishes for your new project, Jill, and happy Friday!

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  13. My heart goes out to all those people who keep searching for their missing sock … They must be desperate to search the Internet!! 👀

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  14. The sock reminds me that we all need someone. Even a sock needs a friend. 🙂

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  15. That’s why you should be on WordPress.org instead of .com! HA! We have more control over such things – NOT!
    I, too, like Cozynookbks, had no idea one could see how many times an image has been clicked upon…perhaps that’s a .com feature?
    😀

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  16. Ha ha! That’s hilarious, Jill! I’d like to know the answer to that question too. Perhaps other single socks who are looking for love keep clicking on it, hoping to make a love connection?

    Have a great weekend! I hope someone answers your question soon. 😀

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  17. My question: How do you find out how many “clicks” an image receives? Not familiar with this, Jill. Thanks. 😊

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  18. Ha, maybe there are a lot of people with sock fetishes out there.

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  19. Haha That’s funny, Jill. Did you ever find the other sock, or has it gone to ‘Sock Heaven’? 🙂 How do you know that your image is clicked on so often?

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  20. My most clicked-on blog post was one I wrote over 5 years ago – about rat rods. (An old car or truck found usually in a barn, the owner puts a hot-rod engine in it, but leaves the interior and exterior rusty and as-is.) There are only a handful of comments on that post, but it has had, by far, the most views of anything I’ve published. Nearly every day, when I check my stats, there are several views of that post! Have you ever checked to see what searches are being used to bring folks to that post?

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    • Interesting, Dianna. It’s got to be mechanics or people who rebuild engines. I didn’t know you can see how many times a particular post is viewed. I should check the sock post. I need a WP course. 🙂 Happy Weekend!

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  21. Haha! One of life’s mysteries.

    Maybe that sock wants to be a sock monkey ~> so it’s sending out mind melds to other socks and monkeys in cyber space?

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  22. I believe it’s what Eric alluded to. Whatever you put in the Alt codes for the picture (or were there by default) shows up on a Google search and people come to the post for that picture. It gets people to your blog, and then your job is to keep them. I had one of a disgusting-looking spider bite a while ago (as an illness your character could get) and it was buried in hits. I finally deleted it.

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    • If anyone can solve this mystery, it’s my favorite tech guru. Okay, you lost me at “Alt codes,” Jacqui. Spider bite? Were you bitten? I’m going to dream of socks and spiders tonight. 🙂 Happy Weekend!

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  23. Good question Jill, and no idea why people are so interested in a little white sock!! I’m excited to hear about your new project ~

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  24. How did I miss this sock picture, Jill? Why, it could be the match to the sock that my washing machine ate…is there a route from my house to yours?
    Whatever the reason people are coming to the post, Brava! 😉

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    • I think that post was before we connected on WP, Marylin. Did I ever not know you? That’s hard to believe. 🙂
      I’m relieved to know that I’m not the only one who has disappearing socks. Do you have our socks? We should compare our partner-less socks. Happy Weekend! I hope your snow melts soon.

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  25. My most clicked on photo is an airplane clipart. I got it from a free source. In curiosity I googled airplane clipart and instead of the original place, my blog was listed as the source and was the #1 photo. It kind of sucked the air out of me. It had nothing to do with my fine and quirky writing. People were looking for clipart for their projects. I don’t think it has to do with WordPress at all.

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  26. My missing socks turn into clothes hangers.

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  27. Hahaha, so by posting a photo of the sock again you will now double your clicks per day!!! Maybe it’s because sometimes I feel like a sock and sometimes not. There is an off-rhyme between sock and not BTW. This sounds like an April fool’s post. But maybe it’s true! Hubby can’t understand that the missing sock phenomenon is real.

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  28. Hahahaha! This gave me a great giggle this morning, Jill. I have no idea why that sock gets so many hits but it’s certainly a popular sock! 😀

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  29. I’m like a box of rocks on this one. Nice to see you though. 🙂

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  30. Maybe another sock is looking for a sock friend… sad, I know. I don’t even know how to look for things that are clicked on at my blog and I haven’t blogged since August. But I love seeing a post from you… 😀

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    • Aw…thanks, Pix! I miss your posts, but I understand taking a break. As I mentioned in my comment to Mark, the clicked image notice is on the right side of the site stats page. I know very little about WP, so that’s about all I can tell you. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend that’s full of relaxation.

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  31. How strange, perhaps people are searching on the internet for where their missing socks may be. If they are views for your blog then it is all good, I had a photo of a grinning dogs that used to garner me hundreds of views a month lol. The internet is one crazy place.

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    • It is a crazy place, Ste J. I would imagine any dog, grinning or not, will receive a lot of hits. As for the missing sock, I suppose I should feel in good company that I’m not the only one who loses a sock during laundry. Have a great Sunday!

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  32. I have no idea as to whether I have pictures that are clicked on. I’m just not that interested in the stats. I guess that makes me a perfect fit for WordPress.Com and not for WordPress.Org.

    The fascination with the sock: Could it be that it’s the only thing in the picture and people assume there just must be more to it than what they see?

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    • I’m with you, Glynis. I don’t pay attention to my views, etc. The clicking of the sock photo comes up on my main screen, so I see it each time I log on. As for that lonesome sock, your guess is as good as mine. I’m unsure as to where people see the imagine in the first place. Oh well….I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  33. Hi Jill, I’ve never paid attention to what photo in my blog gets the most clicks. I’ve got to check it out.
    About the sock… have you had the experience where a sock disappeared into the “black hole” of your washing machine? Maybe folks think it’s The Case of the Disappearing Sock, hence all the clicks:) Nancy Drew mystery books come to mind:)

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  34. You might as well turn it into a sock puppet and give value for money (or clicks 🙂 ) Jill. I have to go hunting for my stats and being a lazy sort I seldom do. Maybe I’d find your missing sock there? 🙂 Happy weekend, hon! New project- sounds like fun (and work, of course 😦 )

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  35. Like everyone else I have no idea! How strange! I hope you have a very happy Sunday Jill xx

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  36. I’d bet everyone is trying to find that missing sock. Personally , I think we should all send those single socks to Siddy to play with . My dog loved to pull them off my feet so I saved the single socks for the tug of war game. Now back to work . 😕

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  37. Well, I don’t know, Jill. But it IS a cute little sock 🙂

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  38. I can’t answer your question, but oddly my most popular post remains the tale of my ingrown toenail. Gotta laugh at the things that get so much attention.

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  39. I’m not entirely surprised. I recently wrote about socks, as part of the A to Z Challenge, and was amazed by how many bloggers had something to say about socks. Of all things…

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  40. That’s so funny, Ally. I’ll have to check it out. I appreciate you stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  41. Even if you don’t put tags, wordpress lists similar themes and gives you three choices, Jill. I love all the fun a “missing sock” or the opposite choice, a “beloved, much chosen sock” gets! Seems socks~ rock! 😉
    You already have 108 back and forth conversations, Jill!
    Sorry, I didnt see you had written a new post, Jill. Glad everyone is still having a great time here!

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  42. What an amazing amount of comments about the missing sock! I guess it only goes to show how popular that sock is. I read all the comments carefully so I can get the answer. This seems just to be a total enigma. One question I wonder is when I put an original photograph in my blog post, is it available to for anyone to use? I’m guessing so. Thanks for entertaining us so well-with a sock

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    • Who knew a sock could generate such chatter and it’s not even one of those colorful, stylish socks that are so popular now. What got me was the number of clicks on the photo over the past couple of years. Thanks for stopping by Pam!

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  43. I didn’t read all the other comments. All I know is I have an amazing number of solo socks. I have my own washer and dryer so how is this possible? But I do have the answer. Aliens from other planets are stealing them to study our DNA. It’s pretty scary. What are they doing with this information? I shudder to think about it.

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  44. Socks obviously have their own mystery lives, what with going missing from the laundry and having a whole queue of secret admirers 🙂

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  45. Great new look to your blog, Jill. I like the rotating photos like a montage! It may have been like this for awhile but I just noticed! 🙂

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  46. Jill it makes me laugh and frown as I can’t imagine why people would click on such an image. Thats life! People do weird things and everyone has a lost sock somewhere. Hope you got some writing done after such pondering.

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  47. I guess it looks intriguing!

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  48. Hmm…this is intriguing, Jill. I’m sure there’s a thesis waiting to be written about this very subject. 😀 There’s no accounting for human nature.

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