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March Wrap-Up: Commenters and Search Terms

April 2, 2009

TONS of comments this month, largely related to the Book Blog Search. While I appreciate each and every one of you – especially those of you who sent me lists of sites to include, and especially especially Amy, who sent me the URLs from everyone in the BBAW directory – I particularly wanted to thank those of you who stuck around and commented on some of my other posts in March!


Many thanks to March’s commenters – blogging wouldn’t be as fun without you guys!

– Aimee from My Fluttering Heart
– Alyce from At Home With Books
– Angelica from MZ Sazzy Angel
– Anna from Diary of an Eccentric
– avisannschild from She Reads and Reads
– Bart from Bart’s Bookshelf
– blodeuedd from Book girl of Mur-y-Castell
– Bobbie from Book Reviews by Bobbie
– Care from Care’s Online Book Club
– Charley from Bending Bookshelf
– chartroose from Bloody Hell, It’s a Book Barrage!
– Darla D from Books and Other Thoughts
– Dawn from She Is Too Fond of Books
– Debbie Nance from ReaderBuzz
Devourer of Books
– Eva from A Striped Armchair
– Gavin from Page247
– Heather J. from Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books
– Jeanne from Necromancy Never Pays
– Jenners from Find Your Next Book Here
– Joanne from Book Zombie
– Kailana from The Written World
– Karen H. from Scobberlotch
– Kathy from Bermudaonion’s Weblog
– Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness
– Kristina from Kristina’s Favorites
– KT from What KT Reads
– Ladytink_534 from The Movieholic & Bibliophile’s Blog
– Lenore from Presenting Lenore
– Lightheaded from Everyday Reads
– Lisa from Books and Cooks
– Literate Housewife from The Literate Housewife Review
– Maree from Just Add Books
– Margot from Joyfully Retired
– Maria from Gripping Books
– marineko from Dreaming Out Loud
– Matthew from Falling Stacks
– Meghan from Medieval Bookworm
– Memory from Stella Matutina
– Natasha from Maw Books Blog
– Nymeth from Things Mean a Lot
– Rebecca from Rebecca Reads
– Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit
– Sher from A Novel Menagerie
– terri from Reading, Writing, and Retirement
– Trish from Trish’s Reading Nook
– unfinishedperson from Unfinished Person
– Vivienne from Serendipity

Also: Conan, Dave, edifanob, gwendolyn b., Johanna, John, kaseyheinly, lisa liepert, Steve Weiner

Search Terms

Not a whole lot of fun ones this month, although maybe I’m just getting swamped with so many ordinary ones that the fun ones are harder to pick out. Also, just for the record: No, I will not write your book report on Crispin: The Cross of Lead for you, nor will I find you pictures that exemplify the theme of Stargirl. Do your own damn homework! (Seriously, either these are really wide-spread curriculum items, or there’s just one teacher assigning them to a class of terminally lazy students – it seems like I get at least one search for these PER DAY.)

amber spyglass made me cry
Me too. Like a little baby. Although not quite so badly on a re-read.

should i give inkdeath a chance even if
…you didn’t particularly love Inkheart? Yes. …you didn’t particularly care for Inkspell either? Probably not.

didn’t like the tea rose
Sorry about that – I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable. Same goes for its sequel, The Winter Rose.

bill bryson i vs you
Looks like someone’s spoiling for a rumble. Bring it on, Bill!

bonk hooters masters
I know there is a perfectly good explanation for at least two of the words in this search phrase… Bonk is a book by Mary Roach, and William Masters was a famous sex researcher who features prominently in that book. If I read the search phrase as a sentence, though, I get the giggles. Because I am apparently thirteen.

gregory frost book sex
Same here. I know what they’re asking, and the answer is that in the two of Gregory Frost’s novels that I’ve listened to, while sex was talked about, and inferred to be happening off-screen, there weren’t really any sex scenes per se. But taking the search phrase out of context just sounds like a man who loves his books a little too much.

Bah. Come on, crazy April searchers! I know you’re out there!

22 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2009 9:46 am

    I think you are doing a wonderful job with the blog search project.

  2. April 2, 2009 10:20 am

    I am not internet-savvy – how do you know what search terms bring a person to your blog?

  3. April 2, 2009 10:26 am

    Serena – Thanks! I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response to it!

    charley – WordPress keeps track of search terms and other stats automatically. There are also things out there like Google Analytics that can be used on other sites, although I don’t know much about them.

  4. April 2, 2009 11:10 am

    I thought some of your search terms were pretty funny. I get an odd one or a strange comment from time to time, but not very often.

  5. April 2, 2009 12:14 pm

    I have been really out of the loop lately on reading and commenting on blogs, so I’m trying to catch up :) Anyway, I always love your search term posts – you’re hilarious!

  6. April 2, 2009 12:27 pm

    bermudaonion – Yeah, it used to be the case that I’d get something good every other day or so… now it’s really rare that I spot anything funny/strange.

    Susan – I got really behind in March – there was about a week and a half in the middle of the month over spring break where I got so overwhelmed by my Google Reader that I eventually just had to hit “mark all as read.” I felt bad, but there was just no way to dig my way out. I think it happens to everyone occasionally.

  7. April 2, 2009 12:55 pm

    I almost always get the “light-headed in the morning” item when I check my stats. I didn’t know that a lot of people get uh, lightheaded in the morning :) But yes, those search items you get are priceless!

  8. April 2, 2009 1:18 pm

    I’m a newbie to your blog, but I plan to stick around! It wasn’t because of the search thing, either… I got bored the other night and visited all the people that commented on one of Nymeth’s posts. lol Not like I need anymore blogs to read, but that’s beside the point!

  9. April 2, 2009 4:58 pm

    “Do your own damn homework! ”

    lol. I know. I’m still getting e-mails about Miguel Street. Enough already, people!

  10. April 2, 2009 5:58 pm

    That’s a good sign now that they are harder to go through for your search terms. Lots of ordinary ones means lots of traffic!

  11. Bobbie Crawford-McCoy permalink
    April 2, 2009 10:55 pm

    Hey, you’re welcome! :-) I’m sorry I don’t comment more often.
    I have one heck of a time trying to make it to all the fantastic blogs that I want to visit.

    You have to love/loathe the book report searches; I get them off and on too. I hope that my reviews give more of a ‘feel’ for the book, rather then giving enough info. for some kids to copy for school reports. Ahh, well. ;-)

    Have a super weekend!

  12. April 3, 2009 3:20 am

    Hee! Search-term commenting seems like a lot of fun! When you get fun ones anyway. *so bemused she’s just known as ‘Shanra’ on the list* ^-^

    Here to April becoming a terrific reading month!

  13. April 3, 2009 8:46 am

    lightheaded – Thanks to the sentence surrounding one of my vocab words, I get “morbid sore throat” as a search term a lot.

    Kailana – Glad to have you here!

    Nymeth – If I bothered to tally up the “book report on ________” searches, I’d probably run screaming at the state of our education system.

    Natasha – I know, I shouldn’t complain, but still…

    Bobbie – I think most people don’t get the chance to read/comment as much as they’d ideally like to – I know I don’t! I don’t know how the super-commenters manage to do it, and still have time for things in their life like reading actual books. :)

    Shanra – Oh, I can explain that. I pull that list from what people put in the URL box of the comment form, and you’ve listed your LT profile, but you’re not really “Shanra from LibraryThing”, so I just put your name. I’ll change it to link to your blog.

  14. April 3, 2009 11:44 am

    “gregory frost book sex”…I never would have thought anyone would try that as a search string. And for the record, I’ve never had sex with a book ever. (Okay, there were the Playboys when I was a kid, but oh like I’m the only one…)


  15. April 3, 2009 3:20 pm

    Jeez, hooters are owls! Get your mind out of the gutter.

  16. April 3, 2009 3:27 pm

    Gregory – Good to get that cleared up from the man himself! :-D

    chartroose – So that searcher wants to do *what* to those poor owls? Out of one gutter, and into a much worse one… Ew.

  17. Shanra permalink
    April 4, 2009 1:55 pm

    How very odd that it does. I’ll have to look into that now… No need to fix it on my account, mind. It just amused me to see. Thank you for taking the time to explain! ^-^

    *not logged in at the moment, no*

  18. April 4, 2009 8:39 pm

    Have I mentioned lately how much I love these end of the month wrap-ups you do? The search term Q&A is awesome!

  19. April 5, 2009 9:41 pm

    Shanra – Well, I’ll correct it for next month’s post. :)

    Ladytink – Not since last month, no. :-D (Also, thank you!)

  20. April 8, 2009 9:48 am

    I enjoy these. Bonk hooters masters…LOL!

  21. April 10, 2009 9:25 am

    Wow – this WAS fun to read! I haven’t looked at my list in awhile – usually it’s very boring. Your comments are just as funny if not more so! and those ones that make you giggle are quite giggle-worthy. :)

  22. April 10, 2009 11:28 pm

    Anna – I know, that one sets me giggling every time.

    Care – There’s humor everywhere, you just have to know how to find it. ;)

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