I have google analytics and I like to look at it every now and then. Sometimes I forget it’s there but recently I received an email telling me they made it all fancy-schmancy. And it’s great! It’s much more understandable for non-technological me, and right on the front page it has what I am really interested in: the keywords people have been using to find my site.
For a long time now, this post has been the biggest hit. This makes me sad, because it means whoever is reading, or contemplating reading, that wonderful book cannot find a more prolific writer’s review of it. I google it to check, and there it is, me at the top. (yes yes vicious cycle, I know. But honestly, I don’t do that a lot. About every 6 months or so).
The one that is making the most hits of late are split into two: Ghosts and banh canh – and like a tensely run race, those keywords keep leap-frogging each other.
I love my banh canh story. I hope the people googling recipes for banh canh stay to read my story. I aim for more posts like that one, and fewer babbly ones like this one.
My reviews are not particularly objective – I like to put myself into my reviews. I would expect that if people wanted something useful in a review, or some literary criticism, they know where else to do searches, rather than using google or other web search engines. I am trained in literary criticism, but I prefer to provide my emotive responses in this blog. I also enjoy reading emotive reviews. I’m not such a sucker that I don’t know the difference between a critical review, and an emotional review – or indeed the parts of a review that are critical and those parts that are emotive. Ideologically, I am a perspectivist (as well as the other things I have declared in the past) – so pointing out my position and perspective is vital to how I present most of my ideas.
I am really pleased that no ew-y people have come by this site by typing in unsavoury things. I’m not going to type any here because then that gives them the keywords – but those of you sensitised to the exoticisation of Asian women will know what I am on about.
For a small period of time, someone had found my site by typing in keywords that suggested to me they were not looking for the types of things I write. Nevertheless, they had a fine old look around my site, but did not seem to revisit. I trust they found something worthwhile …