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Stumbling Into StumbleUpon November 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, People, Word Play.

Yesterday, right after learning about FoodPress, I changed the tags on my recent post, A Month of Meatless Meals, from “fabulous food” to “food,” and “recipe ideas” to “recipes.”

A few minutes later, the post started garnering recognition.  One hit after another rolled in.

Hmm . . .

Wondering whether the post had been FoodPressed, I investigated. 

Nope.  Not on FoodPressed.

I went back to SLTW and saw that another 100 hits on the same post had been recorded during my brief absence.


I checked my stats and saw that the hits had been referred from StumbleUpon.

Still intrigued, I followed the link and stumbled into this message:

You’ve been Stumbled!

A member of the StumbleUpon user community added your page to StumbleUpon’s index of high-quality, human-curated content. StumbleUpon is currently the #1 social media traffic generator in the U.S. To take full advantage of this traffic, implement dynamic badges on your site and advertise with us.

After taking a tour of the site, I created an account and set out to discover why Oprah Magazine called StumbleUpon “the greatest thing ever invented.”

Stumbling around StumbleUpon is great fun.  I plug in the categories of articles that appeal to me . . . and StumbleUpon acts as my personal assistant/reference librarian by gathering relevant articles for me to flip through. 

It’s a bit like creating a customized e-zine.  Fun stuff!

To the reader that Stumbled my post by sharing it with StumbleUpon . . . THANKS!  

I’m much obliged.


1. Cindy - November 2, 2010

This is all quite foreign for me, will go and investigate.

nrhatch - November 2, 2010

One of the categories is cooking . . . it’s delicious stumbling from one delicious food article to the next.

I added a link to this post ~ it will take you straight to the tour page on StumbleUpon.

2. andalibmarks - November 2, 2010

I LOVE Stumble!!

You’d be surprised by how much stuff there really is on the internet that you had no idea was really there!!

So glad that you’re on there now!
Two thumbs up for Nancy!!


nrhatch - November 2, 2010

The number of magazines included on Stumble surprised me.

Yet another way to get lost in CyberSpace.

3. loreen lee - November 2, 2010

My profile page from WEBook turns up on my Stumble every once and awhile. It can’t be estimated what they have access too. So if you follow Richard’s advice, and believe it might limit your publishing possibilities, you might want to find another venue for a word count than that offered by WEBook. Just a suggestion.

nrhatch - November 2, 2010

Good point. My novels on WEbook are under lock and key . . . “for my eyes only.”

I’m sifting through the rest of my work on WEbook and removing it, piece by piece.

4. Paula Tohline Calhoun - November 2, 2010

This sounds great, because I would love to read other memoir-ish and commentary stuff, sort of like mine, but wasn’t exactly sure how to. Also, I don’t “tag” my posts, so that might help garner a little more readership. I will definitely go over to “stumble on” to do some “stumbling,” however, I have one question: what exactly are you and Loreen referring to in terms of WEbook – does it mean that my WEbook stuff might be read, or stolen? Just curious, as I am a bit jealous of my copyrights, even though I truly doubt anyone would ever want them. I do, though! Thanks!

loreen lee - November 2, 2010

It may be that they have given me access to my post on Webook, because it is relevant to my Stumble account; same name. Possibly, probably, no one else would be interested in My Profile, there. I don’t fear anyone stealing my copyright to my material, in any case. As far as I’m concerned, if someone stumbles upon my Profile, happy reading, and I hope they give me a feedback, which I am always hopeful for from readers closer to the site as members of Webook. No more danger, I feel than with the original opening of my Webook profile. nrhatch can probably fill in more details.

nrhatch - November 2, 2010

No one can steal your “copyright” but anything you post publicly on WEbook can be read by others coming to the site.

And people can cut and paste most of the stuff in cyber-space, claiming your work as their own.

Rik’s concern is that by posting a novel on WEbook, publishers may be reluctant to publish the novel down the road.

Paula Tohline Calhoun - November 2, 2010

Thanks so much Loreen and Nancy! That answered my questions. I’ve already found that I lost an hour or two flipping through “Stumble Upon” – uh-oh~! I feel an addiction coming on! HELP! Is there a twelve step program for this sort of thing? 😀

nrhatch - November 2, 2010

If you’re enjoying yourself . . . it’s not wasted time.

5. Maggie - November 2, 2010

StumbleUpon is like the black hole of the Internet. I keep clicking “Stumble!” and before I know it, many hours have passed…

but congratulations to you! 🙂

nrhatch - November 2, 2010

Yes, indeed. A big black hole. Like falling Down the Blog Hole. 8)

6. Julie - November 2, 2010

I signed up for StumbleUpon a while back but could never really figure out how to use it. That’s probably a good thing since I already spend way more hours in my Google Reader and on Twitter and FB than I should!

nrhatch - November 2, 2010

Unlike FB, Stumble is less for connecting with friends and more for connecting with information in cyber-space.

You plug in the categories that appeal to you. Stumble searches its index of articles and provides them to you when requested.

You can scroll through articles on food, cooking, self-improvement, spirituality, philosophy, etc.

You can also access of index of articles to pick and choose which to read without opening the rest.

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