Friday, 27 April 2007

50,000!

Oh, how cool is this... I just noticed that my visitor counter is about to hit has hit has passed 50,000!

Not too shabby, huh?

I started this blog in February 2005 and in July 2005 I started using the sitemeter to track traffic. In my first month of tracking, I had less than 600 visitors total. Now I'm averaging over 6,000 a month, and traffic has been doubling roughly every few months. It's really gratifying that so many people are interested in what goes on around here, because you're not all just wandering in here by mistake through some rogue Google search gone bad. At least a few of you must be coming back on purpose, other than my friends and family (and I certainly don't have 50,000 of those). So that is the coolest part of all, realizing that some readers like The Bold Soul enough to return frequently once they discover it. That's how strangers become friends.

So thanks to everyone who stumbled in here, unaware... and then decided to come back for more. And tell your friends. And link to me from your own blogs and websites. And comment once in awhile to let me know you're out there.

Because -- waxing philosophical for a moment -- just like the "if a tree falls in the woods and there's no one around to hear it" question, is a writer really a writer if there's no one around to read what she writes?

Merci mille fois, mes amis!

Monday, 09 April 2007

Has anyone else noticed this?

Have any of you that are regular or semi-regular visitors noticed any sort of inappropriate or "adult" ads running in the right sidebar where I have placed some Google ads?

I haven't, but the other day someone told me they saw an image of female genitalia on the sidebar of my blog.

This "someone" happened to be MY MOTHER. Couldn't you just DIE? I was so shocked I replied: "Are you telling me there was a BEAVER SHOT on my blog?" Yes, in my horror I said "beaver shot" to my own MOTHER.

Those sidebar ads are supposed to be text ads, for one thing, so I have no idea why an image suddenly appeared there and for another I think Google is supposed to screen out adult material. But this was the first and only time I've had anyone report something this so I'm not sure if it was a one-off (I can only hope).

If you've noticed any suggestive or inappropriate adult text or photo images appearing in the sidebar where the ads are, please email me at lthwriterATgmailDOTcom and let me know ASAP, because if it happens again I'll need to tell Google and possibly pull the ad space. This is definitely NOT a rated X blog!

Friday, 30 March 2007

Googlery will get you... well, here

I haven't posted in a while about some of the truly bizarre ways people are finding my blog through Google or other search engines. So, since it's a subject that's long overdue, here are some insights into some of your fellow readers:

I continue to be disturbed by people who are looking for information on "breast guillotine" and who find my site listed about TENTH, apparently because of a post I once wrote on the actual guillotine invented and used in France as the death penalty tool of choice. But I wrote my post in the context of the annual April 15th tax filing deadline in America!

Why would someone want to look for images of "dipping shoes"? What do they want them dipped in -- chocolate?

The largest number of searchers seem to be "over 40 and single", and typing in some combination of keywords to that effect. Nice to know there are more of us out there and apparently we're finding comfort and safety in numbers.

Of course when people are searching for information on Paris, they're likely to get my blog posts in their results for "macarons", "batignolles", "inner french girl", "parisian arcades" and "make your dream of living in paris a reality" (you GO girl!)

I think the person who was looking for "images of thunder rumbling" was probably disappointed in his search. Because last I checked, still photos couldn't capture SOUND and you can't SEE thunder.

At first, I was heartened by "dating: what to make a woman on a third date", thinking to myself "how nice, he wants to cook for her". Then I thought maybe he wasn't being so chivalrous after all because the third date is the de facto minimum waiting time for sex and if you already have the woman in your apartment after having cooked her a meal... then I thought, maybe he's not talking about making FOOD at all... yeah, buddy, we get the idea.

Other curiosities:

  • ready made sculpture shovel (is there a market for ready made scupltures of a shovel?)
  • famous people in Montana (I don't even know anyone in Montana, famous or otherwise)
  • if I could change my past (here's a hint, dear: you CAN)
  • naked mature wives (ew)
  • 1001 ways to fall pregnant (first of all, I didn't know you could "fall" pregnant and second of all, I thought there was pretty much just the ONE way to do it)
  • iyanla vanzant kraft macaroni and cheese (I'm a big fan of both but don't recall blogging about both of them together!)

In particular, this one touched me: "I'm getting bold at 17 what can I do to stop it?" Oh, the angst of being a teenager. I figured this one had to be a girl, and that by "getting bold" she probably meant she is worried about her body's natural changes and reactions to certain, um, stimulus. I'm guessing her daddy's a strict fundamentalist minister or something and she's been taught that sex is evil and wrong. I wish I could hug her and tell her not to worry about it, that she's normal and not a freak, and that she just needs to relax and not judge herself, but that she can still choose how and when and with whom when she's emotionally ready for such things. And furthermore she won't burn in hell for having those feelings, or even for ACTING on them.

Because if that were the case there'd be no one left in heaven.

Thursday, 11 May 2006

The 10,001 Haiku

Heartconfetti_1It's official:

10001_meter

I'm tickled pink!

Ten thousand and one
Creating bold energy
Makes this Bold Soul's day!

Thank you everyone!

Wednesday, 10 May 2006

OK, size kind of does matter

Ooooo... I just took a look at my Sitemeter and noticed I'm just about 100 75 clicks away from hitting 10,000!

StarsThat's 10,000 visitors since July of last year (I started the blog in February but didn't add the Sitemeter until much later). 10,000 stars in my own little "constellation" called The Bold Soul. 10,000 lovely people -- with excellent taste in blogs, I might add -- who decided to spend a few moments out of the day with me... and I'm sure, more than a few who just wandered in by mistake, grimaced in disbelief, and promptly left again 5 seconds later. But hey, you can't please everybody.

I'm really honored and flattered to discover that so many people like my blog and come back again and again. Without people to read what I write, am I still a writer? (If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it...) So thank you to all of you who do stop by, whether by design or by accident, and stay to read, and comment, and link me to your own blogs, and tell your friends. Your very continued presence here encourages me, beyond mere words.

Oh, the suspense... will The Bold Soul reach the magic number of TEN THOUSAND visitors today, the TENTH of May 2006? There would be such lovely synchronicity in that, if it did happen. Tune in to find out... or better yet, pick your favorite Bold Soul post and email it to some friends and invite them to check it out for themselves! The more, the merrier. The bigger the count, the better... after all, as any single girl knows, there are times when size DOES matter.

Thursday, 20 April 2006

What do teddies crapping rainbows, mooses, and American Bandstand all have in common? Apparently, Me.

Because it's always fun (and sometimes a bit scary) to peek into the psyche of other people, here are more bizaare and completely off-topic (at least, they're off MY topics!) ways people have found this blog in recent weeks, using the following search keywords at Google and other search engines:

  • bizaare news
  • mooses affected by global warming
  • 1001 ways to kill ticks using household chemicals
  • breast guillotine trick (OHMYGOD, I don't even want to know what this one is about)
  • fluffy teddies that crap rainbows (exCUSE me?)
  • peter pan bounce upstate ny
  • soul macaroni and cheese (now that's MY idea of "comfort food"!)
  • destroyed a neighbors fence and gate illegally nz (shame on you, was that nice?)
  • yowza shirt american bandstand
  • shelving sold by walmart
  • best april fools joke on your boyfriend (Wouldn't that be telling him he knocked you up? Or would that come under the heading "how to kill your boyfriend without laying a hand on him"?)

Of course, the keywords that seem to find me most often continue to be anything having to do with "emotionally unavailable men, mothers, or boyfriends", anything with the word "bold" or "soul" in it (and for those who were looking, "soul" in French is "âme"), and being "single over 40" and "why am I still single". Nice to know my "core audience" is still finding me!

Whether you came here on purpose or found me because you were Googling "1001 april fools jokes to play on mooses wearing yowza shirts illegally"... thanks for taking the time to visit (from any one of 93 countries!) and spend a few minutes with me. Y'all come back now, y'hear?

Affectionately yours,
Lisa, a.k.a. The Bold Soul

Monday, 30 January 2006

Every 1 counts

Counting1I am just a big enough egotist to be excited about my Sitemeter hitting 5,000 visitors. As I write this, the meter is reading 4,978. So by the time you all read this AND the post I did earlier today, that ought to do it!

What do I care that at least half of the 5,000 visitors probably wandered in here by mistake whilst Googling for fascinating topics such as:

  • emotionally unavailable men
  • why is my dog going bold [*I think they meant "bald"]
  • still single after 40 (or) over 40 and still single
  • 2005 email addresses of filling station owners in france [whassup with THAT?]
  • jersey tomato
  • 1001 ways to waste time
  • making a living doing nothing
  • mammograms suck
  • turkey coma
  • the translation of "foutre"

Looking at this list of search keywords, I can't help but wonder... who does it say more about? The visitors, for Googling on this drivel? Or me, for writing the drivel that led these searchers here in the first place? Chicken and egg, I know.

It took 6 months to hit 5,000. Let's see how fast we can hit the next level: 10,000 visitors!

Meter5000UPDATE: It's almost 10pm here in New Jersey and I logged on to check my site meter and it's EXACTLY 5,000 (and it doesn't register my own visits to the blog so I was not the 5,000th customer)! Thanks to everyone who has stopped by over the past 11 months since I started The Bold Soul, and especially those of you repeat offenders visitors for your continued interest and for linking to my blog from yours, if you happen to have one.

Tuesday, 30 August 2005

Visitor Snapshot, August '05

Having recently upgraded my Sitemeter service level, I've been able to discover even more about what search keywords people use to get here to the blog. Some of the funnier or more bizaare ones this week were:

  • zoftig back pain (Brooklyn, NY)
  • "clothing size" "catherine zeta-jones" (Fremont, OH)
  • cocoon babysit (Netherlands)

I was also interested to see a list of some of the places around the world where you - The Bold Soul visitors - are located:

  • London, U.K.
  • Prospect, South Australia
  • Bowness, Alberta, Canada
  • Haifa, Israel
  • Bourg-la-Reine, France
  • Santo Domingo, Domican Republic
  • Yantabulla, New South Wales, Australia
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Wherever you are in the world, if you're taking a few minutes out of your busy day to visit with me, I welcome you, thank you, and hope you'll tune in regularly.
 

Wednesday, 24 August 2005

Googlizing

ExperimentAs an experiment, I checked out what sort of search engine keywords people have recently entered into Google that led to this blog, and where the visitor was from:

  • Always look on the bright side of life (Monty Python fans from New Zealand and Belgium)
  • Jonathan Zarate (surprised to learn that someone in Australia heard about the local murder and dismemberment of Jennifer Parks; also noticed several U.S. based searches on the same case that led to my blog. And here I thought the story wasn't getting media coverage other than local...)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare lover in Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • soul furniture finland (someone in Ireland - I came up 20th with these keywords, which I find quite odd)
  • soul postcards (from the U.K. - what a lovely thought, getting a postcard from someone's soul)
  • gift etiquette neighbor babysit (El Cajon, CA. I didn't realize I was an authority on the right way to gift a babysitting neighbor)
  • oprah compulsive liars (Salt Lake City - can Mormons be compulsive liars? Just wondering... someone write in and let me know.)
  • France killer rabbit (Colorado Springs - since the killer rabbit was a Brit thing, why was this person looking for it in France?)
  • selling wedding flowers profitably (St. Paul, MN. Hasn't the word spread to Minnesota that I really don't care about getting married?)
  • "it is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves" passage (a deep thinker in Wisconsin)

And this week's Grand Prize Winner for the oddest way to find me via a search engine (this was from MSN, not Google), the searcher from Albany, Georgia:

  • 2 teenagers that are cheerleaders showing there as pics (The winner will receive a lifetime of free future visits to this blog.)

Remind me to write more posts using the terms "killer rabbit", "Finland", "liar", "soul" and "cheerleaders".  Wonder what would happen if I included all of those in one post?

Oh... wait... I just did.