Curious keywords 2008

Michael over at aNadder posted about some very curious keywords that people had used in 2008 that had subsequently led them to his blog. He did do a series of posts about sexual ethics so you might expect some weird searches to lead to him. Still, he suggested that anyone else consider themselves tagged and try the same thing.

That’s the kind of wordplay that entertains me, so I went off to my stats to see what words had led people here. Here are some highlights from the list of keyword searches for 2008, all the bold parts being that actual words or phrases that led people here:

“satan was a lesbian” fred haley

“sleaze paperbacks”

But let’s be honest – I wrote about those things, so that’s to be expected.

allan baxter naked

What?! Given that they spelled my name wrong I can only hope they were after someone else. They would have been disappointed anyway. There’s no naked pics of me at this website.

little girl fullof scum

This one has me rather concerned. My novella “A ‘Verse Full of Scum” is available here for free, but I don’t think that’s what this person was actually looking for.

strong-language cunt

Fair enough.

yass marijuana

Yass is a town not far from me. But seriously, as if those people would have a website.

panama hats quiz

This one is just a bit surreal. Is there such a thing? A quiz for panama hats? About them?

grammdaemonium

This is just a cool word. I didn’t know what it meant and neither did anyone else it seemed. Then it turned out to be the name of a blog I’d randomly commented on ages ago.

+turd +busters +sewage

Someone with a plumbing problem at home? I also had this one:

tuurrrdd busters

I have no comment to make about that.

always in the shit only the depth varies

True, true…

is star wars a true story

Errr…

satan worshipping cult

Maybe. Maybe not. Who’s asking?

tiga scrotum

OK, now it’s getting weird.

what colour is a purple finch?

Well, I’m just guessing but… Actually, this isn’t as obvious as it seems. It’s in a post about such things and includes questions like “How long was the Hundred Years War?” The answers aren’t as obvious as you might think.

“effing” “harry potter”

I know how they feel.

“scrotum man” pic

A new kind of superhero?

“you’d eat beaver if you could get it”

I’m not entirely sure I would. Unless you mean…

alan baxter nude

alan baxter nude photos

Right, well now they’re spelling it right too. This guy must be a real hunk. Maybe it is me they’re after.

can’t be fagged

Nah, me neither.

lesbian names

They have special names?

oprah and the word nigger

Never shall be in the same sentence beyond web searches.

wet naked women

Can’t blame the person for searching for this one, but they would have been disappointed when they landed here.

Fortunately my blog doesn’t seem to attract anything like the dregs of humanity that Michael’s blog does. Pat yourself on the back, dear Reader, you’re among a higher class of society.

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Holy Vigilante, real life superheroes

Truth is so often stranger than fiction. In America the number of people dressing up in spandex and rubber and going out into the streets as real life superheroes is fast growing.

In an article in the Times Online we learn that “There are, according to the recently launched World Superhero Registry, more than 200 men and a few women who are willing to dress up as comic book heroes and patrol the urban streets in search of, if not super-villains, then pickpockets and bullies.”

But this quote from the article pretty much summed up the whole concept for me:

Artemis of San Diego reported on his blog that he had heard a woman screaming outside his home but by the time he had dressed up in his costume the police were already there.

Especially when you couple the above quote with this one:

“I was out every night, 8pm until 2am, hanging about all the bad corners and nothing happened, nada, zip,” recalled Mr Invisible. “It was raining: even the drug dealers were at home. And often cops are just too good at their jobs.”

Life ain’t like the funny books, kids.

Hat tip to Dogmatic for pointing out the article.

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Goodreads.com

Following on from yesterday’s post about 1ChapterFree.com, I thought I’d keep the blog busy this month with some stuff about other good reading and writing websites. 1ChapterFree is a good place to have a read of the first chapter of books you might think about buying or to post the first chapter of your own book if you’re after exposure. And who isn’t? The site has a long way to go, but it’s off to a good start and the premise is sound.

Goodreads.com is more like a library and is a lot more finely finished as a website. You can set up a profile there and have a bookshelf of all the books you’ve read or are reading. You can rate the books, write reviews for the books and so on. There’s a friend system so that you can hook up with other readers and see what’s on their shelves. There are also lots of groups you can join and have discussions.

Basically, it’s the usual social networking idea, just set in a library this time. But you don’t have to keep your voice down. Check it out – it’s a slick site, good fun and you might find some interesting new reading over there. Here’s my profile on the site – hit me up with a friend request.

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1ChapterFree.com

“Don’t judge the book by its cover. Read a chapter instead.”

So goes the tagline for the website of 1ChapterFree.com. It’s a pretty cool idea. The basic premise is that you might search around your local bookstore, find a book you like the look of, read the blurb, look at the cover and maybe turn a few pages. But not many people are that comfortable standing in a bookshop having a good proper read to see if they like something.

It’s understandable to some degree, and should you buy a book, you don’t necessarily want one that’s been heavily thumbed by an army of curious readers. But readers really should be able to read more of a book before they buy it. Movie trailers are prime examples of how a crappy movie can be made to look good. But if you actually sat and watched the first ten minutes you might have a much better idea of what the film is actually like.

I’ve always subscribed to that idea myself and the first three chapters of both my novels are available in full right here for people to download as a PDF file and have a read to see if they like it (just click on the book covers on the right). If they do like what they read, it’s easy to go onto Amazon and buy the book.

This same premise is at work with 1FreeChapter.com, but obviously for only one chapter rather than three. I like the site and I like their ideas. You can search there by keywords, by title, by author or by genre. The genres are a little few and far between – there’s fantasy and sci fi, for example, but not horror – but the basic setup is excellent.

Here’s the page I set up for myself and my books over there – have a look, then hit the Home button and see what else you discover. Any other writers out there, if you have a book that you’re trying to promote it’s easy to sign up and post your first chapters, so give it a stab.

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