I thought I’d go with some light, summery fare today. The you-know-what queue is full of “comments” from banana nut muffins and people who want to share scorpions. Who the heck wants to share those? But search terms are another good source of blog fodder. And now that my blog is getting more traffic, I might be rising in the search results. Very slowly, but still, rising.
Some searches that lead to my blog make sense. “Should unpublished authors blog” and “what should unpublished writers blog about” led readers to my post “Do Real Readers Read Unpublished Writer Blogs?”
Other times, though, the link doesn’t strike me as strong enough to warrant being a search result. A single graphic led several people to my post “When The Going Gets Tough.” I called the graphic “running character.” And yet it’s a result for searches on “running away from class png” and “running away from woman on beach” and “someone running away and another holding them back.” But why would someone run away from a woman on a beach? I think there’s a story in that one.
Speaking of stories, some searches would make good writing prompts. What could you do with “spring blossom tree” or “someone drinking coke looking confused”?
Some searches are downright intriguing. Russian searches? Ooh, Kat Donnelly’s ears perked up and Mikhail Chernyaev smiled when he read them (characters from my manuscript Summer at the Crossroads). I was copying and pasting “комнатные растения” and “красивые деревья” into Google Translate faster than you could say привет (hello). Alas, they mean only “plants” and “beautiful trees.” Darn—not good fodder for the manuscript.
But others leave me wondering, “What the heck? How did my blog come up a result for that?” What am I supposed to make of “please keep silence” or “lisa was here” or “which characters in this unit come to see themselves as thinking too much of themselves and not enough of others”? Huh?
And sometimes you gotta wonder what kind of day the searcher was having. It’s a bit disconcerting that “interrupt my sleep and i’ll interrupt your breathing” and “dirty mind test pictures” led someone to my blog. I don’t think any of my posts condone violence or are beyond G-rated….
Of course, I do rank up there for people searching on adverbs and adjectives. :) So searches like “i love them all adjectives” and “why do publishers and editors dislike adverbs?” and “why great authors despise adjectives and adverbs” will always bring a smile to my face.
How about you? Do you have a favorite search term that led someone to your blog? Any funny or intriguing ones that leave you scratching your head?