Who is reading about my dreadful life?
I read with interest the AOL searches article that appeared on the front page of last Wednesday's NY Times.
While I realize they (and I am not sure who "they" are) were able to identify that woman, there still are two big unexplained leaps. The article states there were over 20 million search queries. So out of all those requests, I suppose sorted by the "confidential" id number, how did they pick out her group of queries?
Secondly, even with the mention of her last name in the searches, you would still need to be in contact with a local person that knows about her dog that pees all over the place.
I liked the blog search phrases you sent me. The "Prison Pete" ones would come mostly from people I told I had a blog and the name of it I would think. Or is it just a quick way to get to the blog if you lose a bookmark?
While I am thinking of it, I think if you type your name (or any other phrase?) in Google doesn't it tell you how many other people have entered that name or term? If so I would be interested in an occasional update of how many Prison Pete searches there are.
I appreciated you sending me the reference list for some of the blog activity. It is interesting that some are pretty specific (city, state) and others are just United States. Obviously, if I were out there searching, I would want my footprint to be the generic USA one. Do you know what the difference is?
The report by the domain names which showed the page views and visit length was interesting too. I wonder how many of the 0:00 visit lengths were readers checking for new posts or were others who ended up at the blog from a search engine?
I was wondering how much serious reading was being done if the average visit was under two minutes. I would rather see a few longer readers than a bunch of two or three minute ones. The number of people that actually take the time to read the blog, while certainly a small percentage of the visits, makes me feel a little better about the lack of comments.
I was trying to figure out if I had fifty people stopping by, why would not at least one or two leave a comment? If only fifteen out of fifty spent any time reading the blog and seven of those were under two minutes, then I do not feel so bad about the lack of comments.
However, let me state for the record that I certainly appreciate any time a person spends reading about my dreadful life, and thank you for your time.
Please feel free to stop by and read a page or two anytime and do not be afraid to leave a comment every now and then.