Saturday, June 19, 2010

Search String Theory


Since hitting bloggers block ("Yet again", I hear some drawls) and after a satisfyingly sunny beach holiday, I thought fondly of another visit to the service that tracks my hit count here.

Much as a mother revisits photographs of her offspring, or an author lovingly caresses the glossy jacket of his latest bestseller, I too on occasion like to see from which part of the world people find their way to my blog.

Somewhat to my chagrin and not very severe blow to my ego, here are the winning entries from the usual suspects. In tabular form, with the country of origin and the search string that brought them here, needless to say, ad verbatim. I do say it however, for those of you who do not know me should know that even my imagination would balk at inventing this.

Janesville, United States : "dr seuss with a religious twist"

Am not sure I'd like Seuss quite that way. 

Somewhere in the United States : "orange aura manipulate"

Not sure if you can, hon.
 
New York, United States : "kapil shrikhande marriage"

My apologies that you were led to my blog first, but hope you found what you were looking for, you stalker you. Kapil's married girl, just deal with it.

Decatur, United States : "How to fill a whiskey flask"

Am truly mystified as to what tag I must've inadvertently added brought this person here, but I would suggest, use a funnel and just pour it in. 

Washington, United States : "whats an intervert"

If you find out, be sure to let me know.

Chula Vista, United States : "is tom cruise a introvert"

Vila Nova De Gaia, Portugal : "whats an introvert"

The last three sure bust some myths about knowledge of grammar in English speaking and non-English speaking countries, what say?

York, United Kingdom : "introvert personality will never be successful as a lecturer"

Aw, we can't be sure of that. Curious as to what this person was looking for online, to validate this statement or refute it? Gotta love the Brits though. Typing a flawlessly correct sentence into the google search box deserves credit, especially with known pitfalls such as 'introvert'.


Montreal, Canada : "stationery supplies frivolously"

Perhaps.

Hong Kong, Hong Kong : "witty pantry notice"

I'll endeavour to script some for you.

Vasai, India : "astrologer contact number"

Rodovre, Denmark : "dark thoughts, love, Greece"

Ooh. I think I like Danes already.

Bangalore, India : "brittania bourbon activation ideas"

Oh, come on! Come up with something yourself, for once. And do you seriously think you would find "activation ideas" specifically for your brand of biscuits in cyberspace? What, you think there's an Internet God?

East London, South Africa : "tips for the mentor support to menties in academic progress or successful"

Menties?? 

Warning, it gets quite x-rated from here onwards.

New York, United States : "dunce houseboy mistress"

As they say, only in New York.

Regrettably and unsurprisingly, from New Delhi, India : "where can I get phone numbers of udupi homosex mates"

I still feel a little violated on behalf of my blog and my first instinct is to ask for a transfer and citizenship to some other country altogether. I cringe to have to bring this sordid touch here, but one must be honest and fair to my country of origin, though thankfully, not the same city.


Scranton, United States : "gay loo"

I reserve my comments on this.

And here's the winning entry.

Chicago, United States : "In your work or everyday life, what is an example of a situation where it would be important to take into consideration the variance around the mean?"

The least said the better, I should think.

This was an illuminating exercise however, and I can only think this - there is an extremely weird set of people trawling through the backwaters of cyberspace and it is no consolation to me that I am part of the throng. However, these are happily, the exceptions to the rule. So far.

Thinking back, I too have probably surfed for extremely bizarre topics on the internet, and am sure it's afforded someone, somewhere a good laugh.

9 comments:

Hiren Gajria said...

Hi, good to see u write again. im just lazy and dont see myself back writing on blogosphere anytime soon. Nevertheless you keep writing and we (wonder who else am i including here) shall keep reading.

Hiren

Annoymously said...

Hey, happy you visited. To be honest, me neither, but am certainly going to try. I do still hope though you'll find time to write sometime.

Annoymously said...

Besides, I always prefer quality of readership over quantity :)

Beta said...

How do you get to know where whom is coming from riding which search string? Are you stalking yourself?

Annoymously said...

Ofcourse! :) that's how I get me jollies. Check it out for yourself at histats.com - they list the city, country and key words (if any) that got ppl to your post. Those of us who are of the wrong sex to attract followers have to get our kicks out of hit reports.
This is just like the old days isn't it? Glad to see you here. Now let me go nurse my ugly viral attack while you do the evil laughter soundtrack.

Pegasus said...

OK - finally read the same. Last few weeks just flew by and now that I think about it...did not do anything hectic.

Firstly glad you are back...nice article...as always easy reading....change of topic (which is just for me)...keep writing.

Me - I probably will never write...later
C

Annoymously said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by!

Well, maybe someday you'll be bored enough and have the time enough to want to let the world know what you have to say about things. Until then we shall wait. :)

Adarsha Marpalli said...

First of all... how did you get the idea to blog this :). I enjoyed it..

Annoymously said...

Thanks Adarsha. Well, this post is factual, believe it or not. :)