Here are the search strings people have used to find my web site since the start of the New Year (and please note, some of the words are naughty, at least in what I guess is the intended context):
- bill cameron (okay, this one makes sense)
- bill cameron soccer (still makes sense, though my site has exactly zero soccer information on it)
- bure (huh?)
- cop looking for 6 c cell maglite (Interesting. Weird, but interesting.)
- kept woman (okay, not a search string I'd likely put into a search engine, but at least I have a short story on my site called "kept woman.")
- she lets me touch her vagina (uh, double huh?)
But. Um. That last one? All I can say is if it's you, email me. I have some questions. (One of them is, "Who actually lets you touch her there anyway, bub?" Most likely answer: no one.)
Now, if you type "she lets me touch her vagina" into Google, a link to my site appears on page 2 (as of this writing). What's amusing to me is the link is to my story "On the Road to Find Out," which, I confess, does have all those words in it, though not in that particular order and certainly not all in a row like that. And, I swear, none are used in a fashion that would in a million years elicit prurient interest. I hope.
Needless to say, after a few minutes with the January 2008 Search Strings, I felt like a kid in a candy shop. The candy shop of random Google searches, sure, but sugary sweet and delightful nonetheless. So I started looking back in the statistics for past months to see what else people were searching for when they found me. It was wonderful.
Now, sure, there are lotsa unsurprising search strings. Variations on "cameron" and "bill", which will find you not only me (and in fact, not usually me), but also a dance instructor, a prolific blogger in Great Britain, a guitarist, and links to the late and much beloved CBC broadcaster of the same name, among others.
But once I got past boring old "bill cameron," things started cooking. For instance, I was surprised to learn there seems to be a deep and abiding interest out there on the interwebs in "kept women." These strings showed up often:
- well kept woman
- are there really kept women
- looking to be a kept woman (who isn't?)
- how to be a kept woman (there's a manual?)
- kept woman find I want (Yoda has unexpected tastes)
- kept woman salary (They get a salary?)
- what if she rejects me
Some other favorites:
- nylon feet shoeless
- bill cameron chain gang (Aiieeee!)
- lost dog reviews touch wood (They do?)
- good looking woman hump (I have a feeling I know where that one was going.)
- short mysteries for fifth graders (I can assure you, I didn't even write short mysteries for fifth graders when I was IN fifth grade.)
- author of book about lost dog (That would be me. Among others. As it happens.)
- settings of the man and his dog (sandwiches of the ham and his cheese)
- cameron mysties (a deep-fried treat available from some crazy vendor down on the boardwalk)
- dipsey doodle poodle (Yes, there is an actual page on my site with those precise words on it)
- find out about a kid named jt (I would like to find out about that kid myself. I mean, seriously. What's that kid up to, anyway?)
Ultimately, if you've got a website, marvelous entertainment can be found just perusing the visitor statistics log to see what search strings lead to your site. I mean, come on, how else are you going to find out if "sex in the frontseat of a car" finds you?