“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Riddle #2 and some shameless manipulation of the www
Monday, September 15, 2008

Here's Riddle #2 in my free-book-giveaway contest: I really don't interest Vermonters much.

Riddle #1 was: I mimic an old-time playground game. Some might call me repetitious.

On to something else: One of the fun things about having a blog is looking at all the reader data. Though I don't have access to your name and individual email address, I do know what town you're clicking in ... though not the state, so I have to guess at that. I know that for some reason I have more readers in Naples, Florida than anywhere. (Might have something to do with the correlation of household income and computer usage; Naples is the richest city in Florida, and it IS just down the highway from where I live.) There's also a faithful reader in Wall (I'm assuming South Dakota) who is quite the night owl!

The report also tells me how each reader finds AdHudler.com ... whether you came directly there or were directed by a search engine. And if someone did find me through a search, I also learn the words they typed into the search engine to find me. (No worries, however; they don't show me who conducted the search).

Anyway, I was intrigued to find out that three people last week found AdHudler.com because they had searched "Jim Cantore losing weight." Like me, they'd noticed that our favorite Weather Channel stormtracker seemed to have lost some of his mojo this past year, and they thought he looked thinner, so what did they do? Why they googled it, of course! And they were directed to my site because within the same week I not only wrote about "Jim Cantore" but also about my zeal to "lose weight." See how the search engines agglomerate and make connections even when they're not accurate or intentional? Interesting, no?

So ... it got me thinking ... I can get this to work in my favor. If I include in my blog words that represent the passions and concerns of the web-surfing public ... well, then, the Search Engine Gods will make me as popular as perezhilton.com.

So, here I go:
Paris Hilton
erectile dysfunction
how to lose belly fat
how to make your man love you
how to get her to have sex more often
cats
dogs
pets
hurricane preparations
Spiderman
Batman
High School Musical
Heath Ledger
How to win a free car
cheap gas
How to have an affair and not get caught
Divorce attorney
how to get blood stains out of clothing
Secrets
how to win the lottery
How do I improve gas mileage on my Hummer?
Girls Gone Wild
Homeland Security
Hooters
???


9 Comments:

Anonymous Scott said...

In the words of Eric Cartman:

"You are one seriously disturbed little boy."

P.S. Maybe it's just me, but I find it funny that when you post a comment, you have to retype this "word," I guess to prevent spammers, etc. I never have a word, but a bunch of letters that are meaningless, like "tyrphj" "jqebhf" and my favorite so far, "fffft"

September 15, 2008 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Ahhh, Scott. Those words are not gibberish. Obviously you do not speak Fjeierukdsxmh.

September 15, 2008 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Josephine said...

I saw Jim Cantore getting on the 'Park-N-Ride' at the Atlanta Airport last week and he was a lot smaller than I expected. I guess he was taking a day off between Hanna and Ike.

September 15, 2008 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Yeah, actually he's a short little guy.

September 15, 2008 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Leah said...

To Scott and Ad,

That "word" you have to type is called a "captcha". Yes, really, it has a name. And isn't it a cute one? You can pretend you are from Boston when you say it.

September 15, 2008 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Hey, Leah...here's ATCHA!!

September 15, 2008 at 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Cool. Interesting that now the "captcha" is "sucbl." And to summarize the conversation with my wife:

Scott: Hey Beth, did you know the captcha on Ad's blog was sucbl?

Beth: What?

Scott: The captcha was sucbl.

Beth: What? I don't understand.

Scott: THE CAPTCHA WAS SUCBL (why do we think yelling and slowing down makes a phrase more comprehensible?).

Beth: How much gin have you had?

September 15, 2008 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Scott: is that pronounced "suck-bull?" Or: "Suke-bull?"

September 16, 2008 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

I think it needs to be "suck-bull."

September 16, 2008 at 4:24 PM  

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