I don’t know how many people realize this, but my little blog here, like nearly all blogs, I suspect, has something called a “dashboard.” It’s a behind-the-scenes tool through which I manage this place. It’s through the dashboard that I access my page and write my posts and respond to comments.
And like the dashboard in a car, my blog’s dashboard has some instruments that give me feed back. I have stats! About my blog! Almost as if I had a crystal ball, I can tell how many people visited my blog on any particular day, and I can see what site referred them to me, meaning, where someone clicked on a link that brought them here.
But no need to panic. My dashboard is a bit dusty, my crystal ball a bit murky. I can’t tell who exactly these people are. I can only get a general idea. In other words, it’s like walking around without my glasses. I can tell it’s a body, I just can’t make out the faces or read the name tags.
I can, however, tell you that over a 30 day period the following posts here were the most popular: The Unfunny Files led the group and Okay Listen Up came in second place. That means these two particular posts were viewed by the most people.
You see, the feed back you get from a blog’s dashboard is not unlike the speedometer on your car. It tells you how you are doing.
Probably the best feature on the dashboard, or at least the one I find most fascinating, is the tool that tells me what search engine terms people used to find me. Because that’s where it gets interesting. Or scary. Or funny. Depending on your perspective.
I’ve been watching my search engine list and decided it was time to share some of these with you. In doing so, I thought I might be able to provide additional, um… guidance, to those people who found their way here via the search engines. I try to be helpful like that. So without further ado…
I’ve had nearly a dozen people find me by searching on terms like:
carmex bad for you?; lips feel like sandpaper; why Blistex is bad; Blistex addict;
lip smakers addiction; and my personal favorite blistex DCT+the truth, as if Blistex has a big conspiracy going and the truth about it can be found on the internet. Or here, at my site.
I’m heartened by the fact that I am not the only one with a lip balm addiction. If you have found me by searching the internet for information about your own lip balm addiction, I point you here, and tell you that your problem is most likely related to the phenol (also known as carbolic acid) in your lip balm. It’s drying. That’s why you need to keep applying the stuff, why you can’t live without it. I did not make this up. I read it in the 1997 issue of Self Magazine. I have the little article, ripped from the magazine, at my house. If you really need to see it you can email me and I will scan it and email it to you. As a public service. To save your lips.
Over half a dozen people found my site because they have apparent problems with their feet. Queries on lost toenails from running; treat lost toenail; whole toenail black injury will it grow, are just a few. I am not a doctor. But, if you are a runner and you have lost a toenail, or if you’ve dropped a hammer on your toe and the nail has turned black, then let me tell you that yes, in my experience it will grow back. It could take six months to a year for it to do so. Just so you know. Also, for the person searching on treat lost toenail if you are still hanging around, I suggest you let the lost toenail go. There is nothing to do about it, once it’s lost you can’t treat it. Focus your energy on the remaining part of the toe that’s still there.
I am sorry to say that I cannot help the person who searched on pain in foot after car ran over it except to say that Ouch! I bet that hurts! If it happened to me I would probably cry and curse loudly, take some Advil, ice it up, and see the doctor. Maybe I’d get some x-rays. And a lawyer.
Then there’s the bunch of folks who got here by searching on guy ran over foot with lawn mower; man runs over foot with lawn mower; and mower cut off toe. If you are simply mocking my husband, that’s
ha! ha! ha! ha! um… not funny! I am the only person allowed to do that. But if you’ve suffered a real accident, whoever you are, I do hope that you got yourself to an emergency room tout de suite. And by the way, that is French for immediately. Don’t waste time googling it. If you ran over your foot with the lawnmower, Go! Go now! Get to the emergency room! Google will not tell you how to stitch yourself up. Lawn mower cut patterns are very individual you see, and Google cannot hope to tell you all the possible ways to suture your particular injury. You need a doctor for that. Are you still actually reading this? Go!
Okay, now that the bloody stump guys are out of here, let’s talk about the people who are searching for the proper thing to wear under their skirts. I suggest a slip and a pair of underwear. You don’t want to get caught on film like Britney, do you?
To the person who searched for actresses wearing bunny tails: You are at the wrong place. Sorry. Try again.
For the person who searched on Why three year olds don’t like to wipe their own butt, I imagine they don’t like to wipe themselves for the very same reason you want them to wipe themselves. Poop is gross and it smells bad.
Finally, to the few of you who searched on husband doesn’t acknowledge birthday and husband doesn’t buy me birthday presents, send the cheap bastard here. I’ll tell him off for you. And if that doesn’t help, then I suggest you buy yourself a big expensive bling bling kind of gift and tell him to go to hell when he complains about the credit card bill. My husband buys me gifts, he just doesn’t like my favorite kind of pizza.