It's quite a while since I checked out HitTail's results for this blog - I used to do it regularly (partly for something to write about), but I notice that they've got results going back to March this year which I've never looked at.
That's okay, we'll sort that in due course.
Meantime, I also checked the search words that people have used that bring them to my site. Amazingly athlete's hand continues to do well - it's at the top. One little post from I don't when - and a joke post at that - and this is the result. Crazy.
The second in line is a bit of a newbie to me: googleads.g.doubleclick.net. I looked at that and wondered what the heck it was, since it seems an odd thing for someone to enter in Google's search box. Anyway, doing exactly that, I find that it comes up with an explanation from Google's help desk itself. I began to read the explanation, got bogged down a couple of sentences in, and let my brain say, Pooh, don't get that - too difficult to understand without concentration.
Another curiosity keeps coming up on the list - it's currently third in line: Zirka circus. The post I did on this in 2010, has obviously drawn some people over and over. Zirka circus is a NZ-based group, with mostly an Asian cast. Some very good stuff in it too.
Surprise, surprise, my own name comes up fourth on the list. Wow, I must look for myself an awful lot, or else there are a lot of other Mike Crowl's out there doing the same thing. (One was a headmaster at a high school in the States who got himself into strife, being accused of harrassing his staff. He resigned, and I haven't caught up with what happened subsequently.) In Google.co.nz, by the way, this blog comes up first if you enter Mike Crowl as a search term.
Zirka Circus review gets fifth place, and The Great Divorce notes sixth. This latter search term has been one of the tops for a long time, although you won't ever find any 'notes' on C S Lewis' The Great Divorce on my blog. It's just the fact that the blog title has 'notes' in it that makes the difference!
Nintendo jewellery and Brent Stavig make seventh and eighth - again two items that have earned pride of place on this blog for their regular appearances (mostly because I keep writing about them because they keep turning up on HitTail - it's a bit of a Catch 22).
James Berardinelli and Frederick Buechner marriage are the last two in the top ten. I haven't mentioned Berardinelli for a long time: he's the film reviewer who has hundreds of reviews on imdb.com - not ibdm.com as I first typed: they have a site too, and it's also about movies. Cunning!
People must look for the quote on marriage by Buechner and find it on my site. Guess it's a helpful thing to use at your wedding...
The hundreds of other search terms that make it onto my list are often repeats of the above ones in some form or other, and all the old favourites are still there. Before I go I just need to mention some of the 'keywords' that have sent people to the blog; some quite intriguing ones...top heavy body builder, armwrestling my wife, [like that one] skinny ties versus normal ties, where to buy cigars in Dunedin, drugs corner cut off of credit card [what?].
It has to be said that if you went looking for any of these in an Encyclopedia it's doubtful you'd find them. Good old Google!