Regular readers will have noticed that I haven’t done Search of the Week for a while. This isn’t due to laziness but to lack of supply – the really bizarre searches I used to get on a regular basis seem to have dried up lately.
But, on the other hand, there is always the Google image search. This can generate a lot of traffic if you score highly, but it’s a mystery to me how the rankings work – you often seem to make a showing at some random point, maybe some months after the relevant post goes up.
It’s also slightly amusing to think of the reactions of the searchers when they get here. That’s especially so when the image is an oblique comment on the post, or is just an image that caught my eye but has no real relevance to the text. I mean, two of the perennial favourites bringing people here have been Pingu (that leads, I think, to a discussion of the Irish Labour Party) and Dale Winton (leading to a post on Bertie Ahern). All the same, it keeps the stats counter ticking over and, you never know, somebody might get a kick out of the text and decide to come back.
I mention this because over the last week or so there had been an inordinate number of people coming here looking for multi-talented glamour model and pop singer Michelle Marsh. A quick referral to Google Images confirmed that this blog was one of the top three results for the lovely Michelle. So, that accounts for the boob men. But in the last couple of days they have been outflanked by the leg men, drawn here in great numbers by searches for foxy newsreader Fiona Bruce.
I should really be mortified. Here I am trying to promote political discussion, and promising to keep the cheesecake to the bare minimum, and this is what I get from the search engines. I don’t particularly want this place to get a reputation as “the socialist blog with big boobs” – God knows, my feminist credentials are shot to hell as it is – but then that seems to be what half the punters on the net are looking for.
I shrug my shoulders.