Yes, I’m still clinging to 2011 like the stubborn mule that I am. After all the Top Whatever lists I’ve had to endure in the past few weeks, I’m proud to finally present my own 2011 recap (though my blogging history only spans a few months at this point, but that’s a technicality).
To me, one of the fringe benefits of blogging is being able to analyze how people, if anyone, find your little domain that is but a mere speck in this vast internet universe. While I readily admit to being one of those inquisitive folk who type in ridiculously inane search queries, I must admit to a few tee-hees, some slight confusion, and the random “Crap, how did this land them on my page” reactions.
2011 was the year when writing about boots brought me instant glory, and I’ve already made the mental note to ponder if I can start writing about wearing flip-flops before Easter in an effort to recapture that again. We’ll see. Cell phone companies, banks, and fast food restaurants drove me mad. I longed to be a “Housewife”, turned 1/3 of my hair orange, and ranted about weight gain, aging, and generation gaps. I further tested the waters by presenting my own rules for soccer parents, more rules for what not to say at the office, and I rolled the dice literally at Bunco. At one point, I put a disclaimer on it all, when I realized there were people actually reading my random thoughts.
So it doesn’t surprise me that my stats show some rather random search phrases.
Stat-watching is fun. Knowing what people were searching for when they found you can provide insight to what you’re doing right or wrong on your blog, whether you’re reaching your intended audience, and whether the end result was that the person that landed there found what they were looking for…or at least decided to hang around a while. It can also provide some great material for future posts. In other words, being the capitalist that I am, I have to look for a way to cash in on this information. (I’m still working on that.)
But on top of all of that, this data can be quite entertaining. That’s why I’m sharing my list of my favorite/funniest/weirdest web searches that resulted in someone landing on this little website.
Maybe this will seem a little gratuitous, but that has never stopped me before, right? I present this list of my Top 75 Search Engine Phrases, ranked solely at my discretion, (and in some cases, my indiscretion). I swear these are presented verbatim, other than my usual side comments in italics. Here goes nothing: