One of the great things about WordPress is that it lets you see where your hits come from. for example, it list referrers like Twitter, where the bulk of my hits come from, and from my Facebook page, which gets maybe a tenth of that…which I guess I should take as a sign that my friends aren’t interested in what I’m doing.
That’s not interesting by itself, but what is interesting is that a report is referred by search engines like Bing and Google and stored in the stats page, so I can see what search terms and Boolean strings bring in hits. It also shows hits by country of origin.
For example, I would never have believed that the bulk of my hits (after the UK) come from the US, the Philippines and Sweden, but Kuwait and Columbia are up there too? In case you think I’m making this up, here’s a nice three day infographic
Stranger still is the search strings that bring hits. I would have guessed that “philosophy” and “boobs” were up there, sure (two of my favourite things too), but “boring garfield”? That must be garfieldminusgarfield . “Rooney Mara hot”? I do talk about Rooney Mara, yeah, but not here. Maybe I should.
Stranger still, “nude boys film online”. I don’t know what desperate clicking led them to this blog. I don’t think I’ve ever propagated gay porn, not even as subtext. Not that I have a problem with that sort of thing, my dear gay fellows, but if you’re looking for that I suggest you try that one that apes Youtube. I think it’s called “Youporn” – not very imaginative, but straight to the point.
All in all, what I mean is that the internet is a mess of random clicking folks all searching desperately for something and ending up in odd places – like here, for example. And while it bolsters my ego (“finally, somebody’s paying attention to me!”), I suggest you be a little more circumspect about your internet habits. And be sure to wash your hands afterwards, especially if you’re using a shared computer.
Editing is still proceeding at a snail’s pace while I work on a couple of article pitches for the lovely, slightly authoritarian editor folks at Cracked. Not much to report, but I’m using the end of this week as a deadline. Then I’ll permalink the free copy and direct you to Amazon to spend your christmas money.
Oh, hey! Wanna see what a French anti-smoking advert looks like?
Like, I don’t even know what to make of this. For one thing it makes me want a cigarette really, really badly. It also makes me want several other things loosely connected to the French. So, in lieu of boobs, have a vaguely sexual health campaign poster.