Top Ten Tuesday
I have a few free services that track traffic to my blog, telling me how many hits I get on any given day, where visitors are coming from (roughly), etc. My favorite report, though, is the one that shows me the searches that have landed people here.
Because for some reason, this kind of random, goofy stuff makes me smile:
- "thankful" + "hot dog" + "someone else"
- "recycled teenager with mental age of 16 on a good day"
- "give me the bests boys wail i sing my song i want to get"
- "traditionalist rituals to celebrate nov 16 goddess hecate"
But those have all been one-offs. Here are the top ten things people are searching for when they stumble upon my site -- and (in some cases) what I'd like to say to them if I could catch them while they were here:
#10. Variations of Dr. Fatima Pineda, our kids' dentist.
#9. Searches for compilation tape or any of the songs mentioned in my post or your comments end up here.
"I highly recommend Dr. Pineda. She knocks the kids for a loop with some really trippy gas, and give them goody bags when they're done. My kids had a blast!"
#8. Moomintroll or Moomins or Tove Jansson, because of this post.
#7. Nissu, nissu bread, nisu and nissu nassu
#6. Be Products or My Artist's Place, because of my Eli story (part 1, part 2 and part 3).
This goes for numbers 7 and 8, and the person who searched for Wirkkanen, my grandmother's maiden name:
"Are you Finnish? Me, too! Well, 1/4 Finnish. If you're in Finland, please don't leave without saying hello, and tell me if you know any Wirkkanens, or any Finns in Maynard, Mass."
~ Signed, Desperately Seeking An Identity
#5. Variations on Jen Haan's name.
"Welcome!! This blog exists because of Jen and the thankful Fridays she shared with her huge network of family and friends."#4. This one is HUGE. People from all over the world, apparently, love the clown fight scene from Malcolm in the Middle.
"Please tell me who you are and where you're from -- because if you're searching for this scene, I already like you."#3. Good day, and all sorts of long-winded variations of it. There's often something charming about these, like "something that to make a good day" and "some days it's a good day to die, some days it's a good day to have breakfast" and, my favorite (from Japan, I think), "sweet words to wish a lovely one for a good day"
#2. Also huge... random questions. These include searches for "good random questions," "flirty random questions," "random questions for high school seniors" ... The list goes on and on!
"What color shoes are you wearing? Do you like beef jerky? Have you ever kissed a marine animal? If you were an office supply item, what would it be?"#1. And the number one most searched for term that lands people at my blog? Caiman Dinneen. I hope that's just Jenna keeping tabs on him, and not some freaky admirer or arch enemy or the FBI.
So what do I want from you? Well, if you stumbled upon this post as the result of a search, leave a comment! Who are you? Where are you from? What were you looking for?
And if you're everyone else... how people get to your blog or webite, if you have one. Or how about the coolest, bestest websites, blogs or random bits of knowledge you've ever found via search engine?