I should thank Nicki of Fyrefly’s Book Blog for two things: one is her awesome customized Book Blog Search Engine which I use to find other bloggers’ quotes for my reviews. The other is her semi-regular posts of her blog’s more unusual search terms, accompanied by hilarious responses to each. This is her most recent such post.
For non-bloggers and non-Wordpress bloggers who may not know, the WordPress statistics show bloggers – among other things – what search terms have led people to your blog.
I liked Fyrefly’s posts so much that I have been collecting odd and interesting search terms all year, so that I may post the ‘best’ ones in a year-end bonanza post. As I’ve accumulated quite a few, this will just be one part.
Sometimes the hilarity comes as a result of WordPress’ truncation of the search query, according to character limit:
critics on the guernsey literary and pot
– On a movie discussion board I used to frequent, posters would sometimes made lists such as “great movies to watch while you’re high”. I haven’t seen a literary equivalent, but I’m not sure The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society would be the obvious choice for such a list.
I get many search terms that are clearly from students looking for answers to homework assignments. A fairly blatant example:
19. describe the creature’s life in the
– That one is for Frankenstein, which remains a very popular subject for my blog’s search terms.
why is there so many details about frank
effect of desertion on the monster in fr
what did frankenstein forget to do
what did frankenstein in cemeteries?
frankenstein monster feeling sorry
why did the creature in frankenstein never recieve a name
– For some reason, the mix of bad grammar and the question framing always makes the Frankenstein queries sound childlike and plaintive, as if the student is really concerned about why the creature never received a name.
books that frankenstein should’ve read
– I’ll put this one to you, fellow bloggers. What books would you recommend to Frankenstein (or his creature, who read books while hiding)?
bristly jones diary
– Bridget’s toothbrush tells all.
sense and sensibility pain cover
– This may be a case where you’d judge a book by its cover.
is thady from castle rackrent irsish
Is ‘irsish’ what you call tax collectors from the Emerald Isle?
– If you take a certain crunchy candy bar and Edwidge Danticat’s book and mix it together you get this.
ficks peole that are made out of metle
– I don’t even know what to speculate on with this one.
And then you get the overachieving searchers:
– I am impressed, especially as the book’s cover didn’t even have those upside-down punctuation marks.
More search terms to come on a later post . . .