I have a Sitemeter on my blog that really does nothing other than give me a laugh now and then. I don’t profess that I have a lot of readership of my blog (which doesn’t bother me in the slightest) so I use my sitemeter not to tell me how many people are accessing my blog, but to tell me how they are finding my blog at all. The referrals part of Sitemeter amuses me. I look there to see: what do people search for in Google that makes them stumble across my blog?
It’s very odd that the most popular phrase people search for and get my blog seems to be “old fashioned general store”. Why are so many people searching for information about old fashioned general stores? Are we sick and tired of big, modern commercialism and just want to shop somewhere small that has everything where somebody knows our name? Your guess is as good as mine, but the story I wrote on Trevor Walker’s store called Plenty in downtown Victoria gets a lot of hits because of people’s Google searches on this topic.
Strangely enough, a lot of people also tend to Google search the phrase “second day soreness.” The post I wrote a couple of years ago on golf lessons and experiencing that phenomenon gets a lot of hits due to this popular search. I guess none of us want to be alone in the fact that exercise makes us hurt. Or we just wonder why we do hurt? I don’t know.
The other day someone searched the phrase “does everyone in Canada speak 2 languages” and they found my site this way. This one makes me laugh … I wish everyone in Canada could boast they speak two languages! I think bilingualism is definitely the idea when they make us English-speakers take French in school but it really doesn’t work out that way – that everyone becomes bilingual – at all in practice. The post I wrote about So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s judge Jean Marc Genereux was what this person found when they searched that phrase.
I have noticed other amusing Google search phrases which have found my blog over the past few years, but I haven’t bothered to write them down. Never fear though! I’ll keep watching my Sitemeter and I’m sure some of you will make me smile with what you’ve decided to search for today, tomorrow, or some day yet to come.