Roughly 3 months ago I received notification detailing an update to a steam title called “Kitty Powers Matchmaker”. Now because I’m trying to write new, original content (because I’m pompous) that is formally derived from my own intimate experiences, many requests such as these are often dismissed or forgotten entirely. This isn’t because I consider such presumptuous inquiries detestable, I actually consider such invitations rather flattering, complimenting my more auteuristic musings with concise data. I just find my time should be utilised in a less commercialised way. My inbox is usually endowed with a clustered abundance of notifications concerning any number of mobile or independent console games, with the particulars of the messages ordinarily containing prompted overtures devoid of impartial transparency. Featuring stuff like “From the prestigious studio developer of such critically acclaimed masterpieces like “Pirate Gem 5” and “Moderately Irritated Birds” comes the most generic, no one gives a poop about game, based on another game, but is completely separate and ironically original…..etc. You get the idea and I understand that it’s all for promotional purposes and are trying to sell a product. But in this instance I liked to have a varied depiction of the games industry, especially those with a distinct premise that Kitty Powers Matchmaker presented. I was intrigued by the design so I decided to publish the details with minimal effort on my part. All the relevant information pertaining to game were contained within the email, as well as a hue of images that I felt were particularly compliant to the themes and ideas the developers were attempting convey. And considering that at that time I wasn’t blessed with a considerable amount of freedom, as well as social constraints that didn’t permit a protracted articles concerning arbitrary deterrent in a game or a dream I had about being attacked by giant crabs, this appeared to be a congenial collaboration generated through reliant necessity from both parties, utilising each others functions for mutually beneficial purposes.
So I published a very basic article they covered the overall message that the email characterised…..and I promptly forgot about it. It wasn’t until approximately a week later that I noticed an irregularity with statistics. Somehow, through some systemic circumvent in Google’s internal analytic’s I was securing an obscene amount views, seemingly attracting more visitations than a site purely dedicated to Christina Hendricks ample bust?! The cause of this elevated fluctuation was rooted in the seemingly innocuous demand for the very article I had forgotten. This is the asinine article that was attracting 100’s of potential subscribers to my site? This?! Not some polished whimsy or humorous annunciation that has taken weeks to evaluate and articulate, but this! I’m not ungrateful for the sudden solicitation of prospective new readers to a site often strewn with fewer visitors than a pub that distributes non-alcoholic beers, but it kind of makes a mockery of the entire system when something I had little input maintains such an eminent position in Google’s page ranking. It’s probably just my arcane understanding of the way Google conducts its business, but it seems farcical that something with so little attention afforded to its content can–in my opinion– grant such adverse importance. Once lying adjacent to the official site, it has since plummeted down the listings thanks to the generous acclaim that has been generated by far more influential gaming publications. I recognise that I’m hardly amongst the higher echelons of commutative distinction, but one principled in humility at least, and I’m kind of glad about this. It’s curious how its ascendancy in Google listing was achieved and why punitive restrictions are placed on my more sedulous pieces. Maybe Google hates me? Or maybe I shouldn’t try so hard?
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