THE SECRET OF MY (NEW) INTERNET SUCCESS
As some of you remember, I wrote an essay during the halcyon days of JournalSpace (JS) musing on my sudden Internet success. After crawling through cyberspace getting a few visitors here and a few there, all of a sudden my blog began being accessed hundreds of times a day.
This happened during a cycle where I posted photos related to lesbian equestrians. Apparently, people all over the world were keenly interested in lesbian horse stories.
I pandered to this interest as long as I could. But then I broke stride and posted a short essay describing my feelings after the death of a loved one. Whereas the world wide web was peppered with people who couldn’t get enough of lesbians and horses in whatever combination I could conjure up, the combination of love and death acted like bug spray on a bunch of roaches: my international audience disappeared.
I am experiencing the same sort of thing here at WordPress. I just reached that magic 5,000-viewer milestone with a sudden stream of viewers.
Like my Internet success at JournalSpace, my achievement here at WordPress does not stand up to close scrutiny. Careful inspection shows that my success here at WordPress is an illusion – something I find utterly fascinating.
One of the reasons I now prefer WordPress is the wonderful tools WordPress provides to data junkies like me. JournalSpace let me know who was visiting my blog, but WordPress lets me know why.
WordPress provides two utilities that place a bright light on the motives of people who visit my blog. The first of these tools shows me which blogs “referred” others to my blog. For example, I get a lot of referrals from John Birmingham’s blog
www.cheeseburgergothic.com. /John graciously lists me as a blog he follows and people who read his blog click on that link to access my blog. I get the same kind of traffic from (in no particular order):
I also get regular referrals from unexpected places, like:
Apparently Australians and liberals (not always synonymous) are interested in my particular brand of invective.
I love seeing and hearing from fellow members of the JS Diaspora. But these friends and friendly websites count for a fraction of those reading my blog, and it is those anonymous, invisible people whom never comment who interest me most.
The second WordPress analytical tool I enjoy sheds the most light on the mystery of why people I don’t know from JS visit here – there is a function that lists the search terms people are typing into search engines like google and yahoo people to find my blog.
A fair number of these phantoms are interested in me – and I do mean me. They use the following search terms to find and access my WordPress blog:
Paul Boylan attorney
Paul Nicholas Boylan
Paul Nicholas Boylan’s blog
Paul Nicholas Boylan mug shot
Paul Nicholas Boylan cocaine
Paul Nicholas Boylan criminal record
Paul Nicholas Boylan photo
“Paul Nicholas Boylan” pornography
Paul Nicholas Boylan “I dream of”
“Paul Nicholas Boylan” Darwin
“Paul Nicholas Boylan” gay
My analysis of these particular search terms seems to indicate someone is fishing around on the Internet hoping they can prove I am a drug using homosexual pornographer that spent time in jail for teaching evolution.
Please don’t be concerned. My legal practice often requires that I become involved in contentious issues. People I represent love me; people whom my clients oppose sometimes hate me, which prompts them to research my background in an attempt to “dig up dirt” about me to publish anonymously on the internet with the hope that, if they can harm my professional and personal reputations, then they can minimize my effectiveness as an advocate, counselor and advisor. It comes with the turff.
But those desiring to learn more about my life of lust and crime are very few. The majority of my visitors are interested in something else.
They are deeply interested in Sarah Palin.
Every day I get hundreds of hits on my site by people who got here using the following search terms:
sarah palin pictures
sarah palin sexist picture
sarah palin naked
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sarah palin dominatrix
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sarah palin 2012
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revealing “sarah palin”
sarah palin stupid
sarah palin, mund auf, augen zu
sarah palin leather skirt
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There are more, but you get the drift.
So, the reason why my blog is receiving significant and unexpected traffic is because I posted a couple of political pieces about Sarah Palin little realizing that, for many, many people out there in cyber land, Sarah Palin is a fetish.
I’m not sure how to react to this insight.
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