Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Speaking of Referrals (I was -- You weren't)

I have been trying to slowly build traffic on the Chron, lo, these many weeks. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "If you want to build traffic on this site, why don't you sit your butt down and write more posts, you lazy welp!" And you're right, of course.

However, since my time is at a premium these days (I have an MFA application due September 1st, and all my papers for my penultimate undergrad quarter due a week later), I'm away from the Chron more than I'd like. It might get worse next quarter -- it being my last and all.

In any case, I have been using my trusty Bravenet counter to monitor how traffic is coming to the Chron. Most of it is through direct hits, which is heartening, because it means that a lot of you guys have me bookmarked and just keep coming back for more torture rhetorical misadventure. Some of my traffic is coming from the blog registries (Blog Explosion and Blogazoo) sites. I also get a lot of hits from other sites, like Damp Dog, Do They Have Salsa In China, The Lucidity and Lunacy of Millicent Frastley, Skinnydipping with the President and A Twist of Kate, either because they've been gracious enough to put me in their links, or because I've commented on their posts. That's a nice feeling, too.

Every now and then, though, I get a search result as the referrer. I can't help myself. I feel compelled to click on the link and find out what was searched that brought up the Chron. Almost invariably, it is a search for something containing the word "naked." Presumably, the many mentions of the Chron's sister blog, Naked Voodoo Chicken Dance, creates a Chron hit. Today's search was an MSN scour for "naked tide." Yesterday, somebody googled "naked voodoo."

I guess what I want to know is… who are you people and why are you so obsessed with naked things? I mean, do we need to call someone? Because I just think this absorption over nudity is really unwarranted, and more than a little unhealthy. Admitting that you need help is the first step to a new life. I just saying....

Anyway, I have to go finish typing my admissions dialogue. After this quarter's over, we'll sit down and have a nice, long chat about science and the miracle of human nakedness. Perhaps if I answer all your questions, you guys won't be so idly curious.


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