Thursday, October 7, 2010

Desperately Searching for Karla

When I first started blogging, I paid little attention to the details...well, you know...except for grammar and that kind of stuff.  My page was pretty random, my posts even more off the wall.  I'd just ramble on and on about anything that came to mind. 

The only semi-coherent part of my post schedule was my Teaser Tuesday posts, in which I beat you senseless with snips from whatever project I happened to be working on at the time.  Since we've been floating happily together in the blogsphere, I've complete two manuscripts :)

Along with my (usually) weekly teasers, I ranted about all sorts of silly little things. Like my penchant for spying on the neighbors I'm sure are serial killers, my cute, sweet little (well, okay, not so little) dogs, my crazy family, my even crazier neighbor man (who BTW is not really my neighbor...well, not anymore), and of course, my Scrabble-cheating grandmother.

And, during all that time, I never once clicked on the Stats button on my Blogger dashboard.  To be honest, I didn't really want to know how few people were interested in my endless monologues.

That all changed a few days ago when I had a free moment at work and decided to play online.  Normally, Twitter is my go-to boredom-chaser-awayer, but that day, all was quiet on the Twitter front, and so I was at a loss as to how to spend my moments of down-time. 

With long fingers of temptation and promises of hidden knowledge, the Stats button beckoned me.  Yes friends, I caved.  I pushed the button.

And, guess what I found out.  Go ahead.  Guess.

I have more readers than what I first thought...more than just my parents, my beta readers, and my circle of Twitterati.  In fact, I'm strangely popular in Brazil and Russia...and Poland.  Hmm...I don't speak Portuguese, Russian, Polish, or really any other language besides the bastardized English that is American. 

Also (and I'm still not sure how I feel about this), many, many, many peeps have found me and my little old blog by searching such colorful phrases as:
  • The other ride
  • Karla spice
  • Paint his toes
There were others, but they seemed rather harmless and really if I thought about it enough, made sense considering the content of some of my posts.  Words like: "dare" "passage" and "crazy" didn't even make me pause, but somehow I never considered myself 'spicy'.  And, don't even get me started on 'the other ride' *shivers*  Although, if you really wanted my advice on how to 'paint his toes' I guess I could help you out. :)

Also, surprisingly enough, the posts that have seen the most traffic in recent days have been my Monday Funday posts of the past, particularly those with the Neighbor Man.  Maybe I should bring them back?

Well, that's about all for this rant, folks.  How about all you bloggers out there?  What's the most out-there keyword search that's brought people to your corner of the net?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments.  If you need me, I'll be over in the corner, painting some dude's toes.


  1. This is so interesting. Reading this made me check my own stats, and the only thing that outright shocked me was that someone found my blog by searching "callie and chase porn" :P. I also loved seeing what brought people to my blog. I assumed AW was responsible for pretty much all my traffic, but Twitter actually played a bigger role.

  2. A lot of my traffic comes from AWers, but I've also been getting some from the WOW site since I got third in their spring flash fiction contest. My readers are surprisingly international, also, with my site being put through the Google translator for Greek at least once.

    The keyword that really cracked me up was someone searching on Stephen Hawking and getting my "Phone Sex with Stephen Hawking" post--probably not what they were looking for!

    And for the AWers, there is a distinct uptick whenever I post a Teaser Tuesday or Road Trip Wednesday--as long as I post a link to the YA Blogroll too.

  3. Oh, this is really cool. i havent been hanging out in my stats much but i loved checking them out.

    i have one search for: blue mountains and didgeridoo. haha.

    also, i should put my blog in the blogroll but i guess i am lazy like that...

  4. Oh, I love reading my stats! A surprising number of people have found my blog by using the search term "reality boobs." Ha!

  5. Bri: Callie and Chase porn?!?! Did I somehow miss an important tease?

    Angelica: I too get a marked increase in traffic on Tuesdays. AW is a great community to be a part of!

    Nomes: Didgeridoo??? hmmm...that actually sounds like something fun :)

    Linda: hahaha...reality boobs *snort*


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