Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Totally Freaked!

On a whim, I checked out my Keyword Activity. I know lots of people report their funky keyword combinations, but the few times I've checked, no one has seemed to search for my blog in any way whatsoever. But today I actually had a few semi-interesting ones. Nothing compared to others that I've seen, but compared to "BlogSearch for nuntime" .... it was pretty exciting.

Some of them make sense, like:
stephanie blog nun (from just down the road from the monastery???)
in witness thereof
monastic dress
theotokos; god bearer
Easter Vigil Readings

And I can kinda see how these two got directed towards me:
does mary j. blige has a sister or brother
wearing black pantsuit to interview

But I was at a complete loss for these two:
do contact lens inserters really work?
lyrics to the song though they laugh and did not believe noah kept on praying and kept on saying it's gonna rai

Does anyone even know what that song is? Cuz I sure as heck don't have it posted anywhere ...

But the one that led to the Subject Line above was a Yahoo Search for Stephanie [LastName]. Now, from the start I decided not to go the anonymous route – even if I hadn't named my community it probably wouldn't have been that hard to figure out who I was. Then, once you get links to my community ... it's no great stretch to find pictures and press releases about me. Then from there, finding out all you want about me is Just a Google Away.

But ... I've never put my full name directly here on this blog. I figured people should have to work a little to chase me down. After all, it'd be no big stretch for my kids to find me on here even without my last name, but I didn't want to make it that easy. That's why I've been skeptical about the whole WordCloud thing – my LastName kept showing up on it (along with all the BlogRing info) .... and yet, when I search my blog for LastName, it's not found. Hmmmmm .....

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis did have my full name both in my bio and posted in the sidebar as one of the Contributors (full names and bios are gone with the cessation of posting), but I was cool with that. Of course, it could point people back to my blog, but, like I said, I'm not fully trying for anonymity. So it makes sense that a search for Stephanie [LastName] would bring the searcher to Narrow at the Outset.

But ....

Someone from Ireland?!?!?

Searching for me?!?!?!?

By first and last names?!?!?

Please delurk yourself, whoever you are .... the only people I can think of that I "know" in Ireland are folks that I've met once or twice while I helped at our Vocation Conference at the monastery. And there's no way those people even knew my last name, let alone remember it two years later to search for it.

And if someone from Ireland can do it .... I wonder when my kids will let me know that My Gig, too, Is Up.

So, please please please please PLEASE ..... enlighten me, O Pal Across the Puddle. Perhaps you might even win Morristown New Jersey's unclaimed prize (pay no attention to the lies in the comments of this post).

Oh, and .... if Any of Odin's handmaidens who conducted the souls of the slain to Valhalla are out there ... ummmm .... hi?


Blogger Nate said...

I know your last name isn't as common as, for instance, Smith, or even my last name -- Nelson. But it's still possible that the Irish person was looking for a person who has the same name as you, but isn't you.

5/03/2006 5:45 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

With that said, though, I don't know why Google would direct people back to Narrow at the Outset if you don't mention your last name on your blog. It does, though -- I googled it and it's the last link on the search.

5/03/2006 5:48 PM  

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