Wednesday, March 12, 2008

157th Post - Fun with Statistics

Some of you may have noticed that I have a counter on this blog now. I added it about a week ago. Don't be upset if you didn't notice it. When I shaved my beard off 10 days ago, whilst visiting my parents, neither of them noticed my clean-shaven face until I brought it to their attention.

I have been spending a bit of time with, and seeing where most of the traffic is from. I'll share some interesting results with you.

First of all: The keyword activity. This would be phrases that people type into a google search which result in this blog being uncovered. The Joyce Dewitt story from around post 100 continues to haunt me, folks. People googling her name will, by the third or fourth screen, find that blog post. Pretty neat, that.

Another popular keyword search is "Paula Gallant", or "Paula Gallant update". That latter phrase will actually result in the blog post by that very name being the first one in the entire list. While interesting that that post is the first in the list, it may give the casual reader the false impression that I know more about this murder case than I actually do. I know what I read in the papers, hear on the radio, and watch on the news. That's it. My interest in the case stems from the fact that I live relatively close to where Paula Gallant last lived, and relatively close to where her body was found on December 27, 2005. I have heard rumours, but I refuse to indulge them here. This blog, any blog, is not the place to discuss rumours, innuendoes, non-facts pursuant to this or any other criminal investigation. I am sure you agree.

What else? A couple of people have typed in the google phrase "know James Taylor" and chanced upon this blog. A couple of early posts mentioned that I do know someone named James Taylor. The one I know is a neighbour at the cottage and is the publisher of a periodical called "Shocked and Amazed". If your interests run toward the bizarre, the unusual, the so-called circus freaks, then this is something you should check out. I do not know the other James Taylor, the handyman fellow.

The last stat I'll discuss this evening -- it has been a long day, and I got home late -- is the one about visit length. People either spend less than 5 seconds here (52.5% of you, in fact), or you kick off your shoes, put your feet up, and stay a while (longer than an hour -- 35.6%). Of course, and this may make me blush, I have not arranged the stats such that my ip address here at home is ignored by the statcounter software. Perhaps I should. Ahem!

I'll do more fun with stats in a week or so.


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