Yesterday, once again, I was trying to explain blog stats to him. We were on the back end of this site where a very simple chart displays unique visitors, page views and robot hits. Now, savvy bloggers like you and I know that robot hits indicate how many pages a search engine tracks on your blog but Serge, well, he's another story.
ME: So page views are how many different pages of your blog---
SERGE: Ooooh look! What're robot hits?
ME: No, no that doesn't mean...
But it was too late. I could already see the childlike gleam in his eye. The very same gleam that appeared when he lovingly caressed his brand, new fishing reel.
SERGE: So are all these robots reading your blog?
ME: Sigh. No, robots are not reading my blog.
SERGE: Where are the robots?
ME: There aren't robots reading the blog.
SERGE: But it says---
ME: I know what it says. That just shows how many search engines are indexing the blog.
SERGE: Are search engines robots?
ME: Kind of?
SERGE: And they're looking at pages on your blog?
ME: I guess.
SERGE: So robots ARE reading your blog!
ME: Yes Serge. Robots are reading my blog and one day they will rise like Terminators and take over the universe.