Twelve has always been my favorite number. I don’t know why but I have loved the aesthetics of this number since I was a little girl. 12.
While checking my blog’s statistics I notice more and more people finding my blog through the search engines query “anne.” While “Anne Helmond” has always been a very commonly used keyword in my blog statistics just plain “anne” is quite new. It turns out that I am currently the number twelve Anne on Google.com and the number thirteen on Google.nl. Of course this number differs per person, per platform, per cookies set, per <insert any random Google variable.>
I admit it is a vain finding but I’ve always been extremely interested in my blog’s stats. They feed my daily portion of stat addiction and they inspire me to write blog posts such as ‘Get Your Post Inspiration from Referer Keywords‘ for the Blog Herald. My stat keywords often give me new ideas for posts and they show me how Google relates my posts to a combination of keywords used.
Here are some of my recent favorite search engine queries that directed people to my blog:
- After deleting a myspace how soon can you make another one
This query returned the following post on my blog: International Delete Your Myspace Account Day: The Morning After is Elfriendo Day! The post does not give the answer to the query but instead offers you the elfriendo service which can easily update your stale MySpace profile or create a new one tailered to your interests.
- we are sorry we have been neglecting you lately &
sorry i have to give up my blog
These queries return the following post on my blog: Iâ€™m sorry blog excuses which deals with the common habit of apologizing to one’s blog readers but also to the blog itself for not posting. This interesting phenomenon led to a follow-up post on ‘dead blogs’ titled ‘Daily blogging routine and the perceived freshness fetish.’ The question why I feel the need to blog daily is grounded in the increasing focus on freshness and updating on the web. I explored the history of freshness on the web in the use of under construction signs, last updated scripts, pinging services, blog apologies and Twitter in an essay on ‘The Perceived Freshness Fetish.’
- excellent photos
I feel honored.
- can’t wait to be finished university
I am the number 1 hit on Google for this query with my post on ‘Thesis Finished and New Job at the University of Amsterdam‘ which is actually quite ironic because I started a new phase at the University a day after finishing one.
Search engine queries reveal quite interesting things and often quite personal things too. I only recently started documenting interesting findings but I remember queries such as ‘i’m sorry i left you.’ Your digital traces are not only stored in your browser history but also in my blog’s statistics.