“Thee found my journal HOW?”


I installed web-stats-package Mint two days ago, apparently in a bid to destroy my productivity. Mint is a bloggers’-eye-view of your web stats: that is, it doesn’t focus on what users are doing on your site so much as how they found you in the first place. Mint uses javascript to record data in real time, so you can refresh obsessively and find out, for example, that:

  • Everything and everyone you mention by name will get googled, without exception. Mention the fried-mozzarella truck at the San Genarro festival by its brand name of “Mozzarepa”, and the inventor of Mozzarepa will read your post. The inventor of Mozzarepa will read this post about that post, too. It all gets read.
  • This will happen all the time. Posts that you, the blogger, think of as old and buried in the mysterious past, will come up every day in targeted searches. Just 16 minutes ago, a post I wrote in 2001 about the magnificently surreal Paso Doble Ballroom in Levittown, PA pulled a reader. Dear God, I hope that reader isn’t the owner of the Paso Doble, or I’m going to wake up in an ice-packed bathtub missing a kidney, or something.
  • My Great-Grandmother’s Grand Tour diary pulls way more traffic than I expected for the very reason that she mentions a lot of places and people by name. Unfortunately, the transcriber used “XXX” to indicate “illegible”, though, so that diary also pulls searches for “XXX Donkey.”
“Thee found my journal HOW?”

2 thoughts on ““Thee found my journal HOW?”

  1. Yes indeedy, it’s in there! Here are the last 100 inbound searches, copyied out of Mint:
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    ipod case found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony 6 hours ago
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    ipod cases found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony 7 hours ago
    trunks xxx found Tikaro.com: Anna Thomas’ Grand Tour 7 hours ago
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    sell your ipod found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony 8 hours ago
    ultimate gun found The Ultimate Water Gun 8 hours ago
    "Jennifer Fettig" found TIKARO: Defend Brooklyn 9 hours ago
    blond jocks found Tikaro.com: John Young’s Blog: After the successful conclusion of 9 hours ago
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    bell 47 helicopter manuals found Tikaro.com: John Young’s Blog: Projects Archives 9 hours ago
    gonna fly now found Tikaro.com: John Young’s Blog: Gonna fly now! Flying high now!
    9 hours ago
    ipod handmade case found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony 9 hours ago
    pictures of an ipod found RetroPod: Pictures 9 hours ago
    pictures of an ipod found RetroPod: Pictures
    9 hours ago
    ipod cases found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony 10 hours ago
    trampoline room found Tikaro.com: The Best Haunted House in the World 10 hours ago
    waterproof walkman found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony
    11 hours ago
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    WHERE DOES JAPAN GET THEIR WATER found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony 11 hours ago
    neon-green helmets found Tikaro.com: John Young’s Blog: I used a hair
    12 hours ago
    "lake in woods" campground found Tikaro.com: John Young’s Blog: I crossed my eyes, and 12 hours ago
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    brooklyn shirts found TIKARO: Defend Brooklyn
    12 hours ago
    motorcycle/rotary wankel engine found Tikaro.com: The 2001 Turkey Pro National 12 hours ago
    sony ipod stereo found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony 12 hours ago
    retropod found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony
    13 hours ago
    drive in movies found The Guerilla Drive-In 13 hours ago
    drive in movies found The Guerilla Drive-In 13 hours ago
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    13 hours ago
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    13 hours ago
    KNEE SOCKS found Tikaro.com: Introspection Pressure Cooker 13 hours ago
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    14 hours ago
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    build your own pistol found How to Build an Ultimate Water Gun 15 hours ago
    ipod case retro found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony
    15 hours ago
    make your own guns found How to Build an Ultimate Water Gun 15 hours ago
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    instructions found How to Build an Ultimate Water Gun
    15 hours ago
    history of extinguishers found How to Build an Ultimate Water Gun 15 hours ago
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    photo Katie Downes found Tikaro.com: John Young’s home page 16 hours ago
    awful fashion found Tikaro.com: John Young’s Blog: Something Awful’s Fashion SWAT 16 hours ago
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    ipod walkman case found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony 16 hours ago
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    the ultimate handgun found The Ultimate Water Gun Loan Program 17 hours ago
    Gonna me fly now found Tikaro.com: John Young’s Blog: Gonna fly now! Flying high now!
    17 hours ago
    ipod case found Retropod: Shut Down by Sony 17 hours ago
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    fashion swat found Tikaro.com: John Young’s Blog: Something Awful’s Fashion SWAT
    17 hours ago
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