Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dangerous Searching: How Do People Find My Blog?

I saw this meme on Lost in Books . Rebecca posted some of the search queries (grass soup? free post-it notes?) on her blog. The post had me cracking up, so I checked out the meme on some other fabulous book blogs: J.Kaye's Book Blog, True Crime Book Reviews, 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews , and they were all so interesting that I decided to examine my own search hits.

The bulk of the normal queries look like this:

1984 banned
to kill a mockingbird banned
huckleberry finn banned
i know why the caged bird sings banned
in the night kitchen banned
harry potter banned why
twilight feminist banned
book banning of harry potter and the sorceror's stone
all quiet on the western front banned by nazis

The most frequently searched books are I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- incidentally, these two are also ranked on many lists as the most frequently banned books in America. Harry Potter, All Quiet on the Western Front, Twilight and Romeo and Juliet bring many visitors, too.

Ever since I did a post on Vladimir Nabokov's modern classic Lolita, I've been getting hits like this:

preteen lolitas in the buff
preteen dark lolitas

Disturbing...who knew child porn enthusiasts liked to read?
The first person stayed for two minutes, which gives me hope that he- or she- read my rant about how Lolita is a novel sympathetic to the victim and how it's all about oppression.

A post about "book porn"- just pictures of nice libraries or stacks of books- brought me hits like this:

danger hot porn
hot papes porn

Then, there's the book report cheats. Is it bad that they irritate me more than the porn hits?

book report on the autobiography of benjamin franklin using quotes from the book

the pages 1-20 of black like me is about-(seriously? you couldn't read 20 pages?)

These have picked up now that some schools are back in.
Then, there are the ones that I consider normal, but now realize just how odd they are:

eggs and hash
dr seuss green eggs and ham drugs
trippiest books
vicious wolves

What do your hits look like?


Cheryl said...

LOLOLOL Oh my gosh!! LOL I thought my search was off the mark but yours are a riot!! Maybe you could post a link to a porn-support group. :) The child porn is disturbing though...yikes.

Cheryl said...

LOLOLOL Oh my gosh!! LOL I thought my search was off the mark but yours are a riot!! Maybe you could post a link to a porn-support group. :) The child porn is disturbing though...yikes.

Rebecc said...

Omg! I can't believe people looking up porn were directed to your site! I can't say I had that. Wow. The Lolita porn is more than a little disturbing though. Definitely Dangerous.

Sharazad said...

Yeah- but I wish we could track people's reactions. In the Lolita post, I wrote that the novel is not a "how to manual for perverts" and it's about "oppression", and Humbert is a "a vain and cruel wretch" and "a hateful person".

Gee, reckon I made some perverts feel bad?

Sharazad said...

Yes, the "lolita" searches bothered me, but so far, there are only three- one right after the post and the rest a little more recent. A few "porn" hits aren't entirely unexpected though, because the word comes up a lot with banned books...
In the Night Kitchen is "porn", I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is "porn", the American Heritage Dictionary is "porn"-- yet, I get the feeling that that's not what these searchers were looking for...

Guest said...

great blog. i'm following you now. you should check out/follow mine. i've got all things books...

Guest said...

That's a very interesting idea. I''ll have to do my own queries and see what i come up with. I agree with most commenters, it's very funny with the porn site visitors checking out your Lolita post.

Yvette said...

The "porn" visitors are yucky.I got contacted on skype the other day and when I clicked the link I got sent to a porn site on meeting singles.Those pics were a shocker.
BTW I loved this google search post.No doubt some more pervs are going to pick up the "Lolita" in this post AGAIN (lol)

Holly said...

This is one of my favorite things to do. I've only had one issue of porn and the referring link was a gay porn site. I didn't stay long enough to find out why my book blog was referenced. It was way disturbing, actually.

I keep a running draft post of unique searches and when I have accumulated a bunch, I post it. Some are hysterical, some are weird, all are interesting! Some of the things people type in search engines are just strange.

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