Monday, 10 December 2007
The gift that keeps on giving.
The turn of the month is always an interesting time for bloggers. Most will have a look at their visitor statistics and the decent bloggers will publish theirs. Many will indicate who their top referrers are. Some of us at the amoebic end of the blogging spectrum will glance wistfully at 'Sitemeter' (or whichever service one uses) and find that a little humility goes a long way.
I tend to get about 20-30 visits a day. Which actually I’m quite pleased about. Many fellow members of Blogpower do drop by and occasionally are kind enough to leave a comment or two.
Occasionally I get a boost to the figures when a kind soul finds a little amusement in a post of mine and links to it. Steve Green (proprietor of the mighty Daily Referendum) was kind enough to add my recent post on American views on the Devil and Darwin to one of his ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ roundups. Nich Starling’s link to a treatment I did on Bluetongue still occasionally generates referrals. And any mention of a post on one of James Higham’s Blogfocus roundups causes a pleasant little statistical blip.
Many (although pleasingly a decreasing proportion) of visits are due to interweb searches. Lots of American students pass this way either as a result of obviously undertaking a study of Beowulf or hoping to see a CGI rendered Angelina Jolie.
‘And why not’.
But this set me thinking.
By way of an experiment, would it be possible to generate some additional recurrent traffic just by virtue of posting some phrases thrown together at random.
So for scientific purposes I will use the following. These are selected completely at random and any juxtaposition is almost totally accidental.
Gordon Brown, Lord of Rings, One Eye, British Government, Incompetent, Corrupt, Illegal Donations, Palace Coup, Tony Blair, God, Allah, Superstition, Sky Pixies, Teddy Bears, flowers, memorials, Princess Diana, Dodi Al Fayed, Car Crash, Conspiracy, Pregnant, utter bollocks, Tabloid Press, Overreaction, Sensationalism,
Madeleine McCann, Everton FC, Arsenal Football Club, Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, vanished without trace, Olympic Budgetary Controls, 2012, Super Prisons, ID Cards, failure to present, National Health Service, Tax payers, waste, civil service, bureaucracy, European Union, referendum, elections, David Cameron, hung parliament ‘Chris Clegg’ , Lib-Lab pact, Gordon Brown……..
Let’s see if that sets the visitor counter whirring.
If you can think of any worthy additions to the list please let me know and I will update!