So, the other day, I noticed that Celesta Rimington, author of the upcoming The Elephant’s Girl followed me on Instagram. Since I had recently announced my receipt of a review copy of her book, that didn’t seem excessively odd, but I hadn’t posted anything to Instagram about it (since it wasn’t a physical copy), and it made me wonder how she found me.
For some reason, I randomly Googled her book to see if my blog somehow came up from just this one mention. I don’t even know why, but I clicked on the Images tab and found something that sort of shocked me:
Relatively close to the top of the search results were two random images from my blog. One was the graphic for my February 2019 Wrap-up(???) and the other was a random Bite-Sized Reviews post. None of the reviews had anything to do with this book. Or elephants. I mean, there might have been a “girl” mentioned?
Scroll down just below these and there are even MORE images from my blog or Instagram:
In fact, I counted and random images from my blog showed up 15 times without hitting the More Search Items button. I thought maybe the search was somehow tailored to me, so I logged in on an Incognito browser with the same results.
No wonder Rimington followed me—she must’ve been wondering who this person was who showed up so many times when she searched for images of her book! Why are we connected? Does this mean I’m destined to love her book as much as I think I will based on the adorably compelling synopsis?
I’m not complaining, and there is no moral to this story except that I totally, completely do NOT understand Google search results.
I am clueless. The End.
Seeing this made me curious enough to check out what OTHER random things might be leading people to my blog.
A quick look at Google Analytics showed me that in the last 30 days lots of people have found my blog because they’re searching for (in order of number of searches):
- “netgalley bio”
- This must lead them to my post about What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account—glad to see that’s still helpful!
- “omyw meaning” — also “rtc meaning books”
- I’m assuming these are both leading them to A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang, but I don’t actually have omyw in there. Guess I should add it.
- “what happened to bloglovin”
- I was wondering the same thing in my post where I asked Is Bloglovin’ a Thing of the Past?
- “the rain in English” — or some variation of this search
- Apparently lots of people are watching The Rain right now and they’re as conflicted as I was when I wrote my post: The Rain on Netflix: Danish or English? (Subbed or Dubbed?
- “a wrinkle in time book vs. movie” — or some variation on this search
- Guess lots of us are watching movies right now to pass the time. Hope my Spoiler-Filled Comparison of Book Vs. Movie helped!
Then there are some strange searches, like these:
- “how to disappear for a little while” and “is it good to disappear for awhile”
- I mean, it’s probably not all that emotionally healthy? I’m sort of nervous for the person who searched for that first one. PLUS, there were multiple other variations of this search that I found too! Maybe they’re referring to social distancing?
- Though I guess I’m contradicting myself since I posted Sometimes You Just Need to Disappear for a Little While. I was referring to blogging, though, not like, life.
- “3 addictions menu”
- I pretty much only have the one addiction: books
- “adam silvera judge”
- Adam Silvera is a really nice guy—not at all judgmental
- “agile guitar reviews”
- Hmmm… I have no idea how this led you to my blog. I am not particularly agile and I don’t play guitar (maybe I mentioned that my daughter does?)
- “another word for book lover”
- Oooh! There are lots of those! Bookworm? Bookishly obsessed? Or how about tsundoku, which is the Japanese word for hoarding books. Maybe we could change that into a tsundokuer? Hmmm…
- “best chinese in fresno”
- Well, I can obviously see why this led you to my blog. Because … reasons.
- “I don’t have a favorite food”
- Oh yeah? Well, I Can’t Choose a Favorite of Anything
- “how to say its my birthday”
- Okay, repeat after me: It’s. My. Birthday.
- You did great!!
And that is where I’ll leave you. More confused than ever.