I usually don’t pay much attention to what searches lead people to my blog, mostly because WordPress.com is so bad at these things anyway. But I cannot help noticing some of the more frequent searches.
Around Diwali, there were the people who would come to my blog searching for Diwali cooking and stories about Ravana. At least, that’s what I think they were searching for. Some of us are thinking just about the keywords when we Google, and not really about what we end up saying. Which is why I can imagine why someone would type in “Cooking Ravana on Diwali” and hit “I’m feeling lucky”. Voila! They get my post on Diwali cooking and Ravana’s Army.
I don’t feel as lucky to find that Google thinks I am the go-to person to know all about cooking Ravana, but hey, at least they did want to know about Diwali.
Then there are the people who want to know how they can profit from the U.S. Presidential elections. “How can I sell my vote ?” they ask Google. Or “sell my vote on eBay”. The omniscient Google thinks I am the best person to tell them how to do this, or at least one of the top ten on the planet.
Unfortunately, these people are bound to be disappointed once they read my post and find that not only is it not about selling votes, it is not even about the U.S. Presidential election; it is about India. No doubt, Google will then direct them to others who will teach them how to sell their vote.
Interestingly, I also find that as the election approaches, instead of greater numbers of people seeking to sell their vote, there have actually been fewer such searches of late. Either most of these people have already sold their vote (or figured out how to), or voters are becoming less apathetic.
The New York Times carried an article yesterday about how suddenly, everyone is discussing the election in great detail at office water coolers. Apparently, this level of interest is somewhat unprecedented. But I could have told them this weeks ago, when the flood of eBay vote sellers to my blog slowed down to a trickle. Perhaps this also explains why voter turnout at the primaries is increasing to record levels.
I thought I had seen it all in terms of Google searches. But what really cracked me up is this search I found yesterday – someone actually asked Google – “why potatoes are better gifts than flowers to buy on Valentine’s Day”.
This just shows how sadly lacking I am in imagination. I thought I had covered all the mistakes men make in buying gifts on Valentine’s Day, but potatoes?
I am really glad Google directed this guy (it has to be a guy, right?) to my blog. Hopefully, this guy took away something from my blog post on what not to buy on V-Day.
Someone out there should really be thanking me from the bottom of their hearts 🙂