On Finding Aid, or A Year of Iffy Blogging

I’ve been writing this blog for a whole year. And people read it! Occasionally! Huzzah for my readers!

In honor of my blogiversary and the people who’ve found my words over the wire, through the tubes, and beyond the ether, I’ve put together a few infographics to share some blog stats. My stats aren’t as impressive as your commonplace lifestyle blogger or high school poet, but I’m happy with (and amazed by) them.

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Put together on Venngage.com, screencapped by me. What? You already know I’m cheap and lazy…

I made the infographics on Venngage. It’s an easy site to play around with, but if you want to export your infographic on PDF or anything like that, you have to upgrade to a paid account. But if you’re cheap like me, screenshots are the way to go. Like the above says, half-assin’ it. The whole thing can be seen here.

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My biggest moment of squee comes from seeing all the different countries represented in my stats. The largest readership comes from the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and France. I have no idea why France, but merci beaucoup! Here are the 59 other countries who have at least one person spending their lunch break on my blog:

  1. India
  2. Singapore
  3. New Zealand
  4. Netherlands
  5. Ireland
  6. Germany
  7. Turkey
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Italy
  10. Switzerland
  11. Indonesia
  12. Finland
  13. Philippines
  14. Japan
  15. Russia
  16. Spain
  17. Malaysia
  18. Mexico
  19. Norway
  20. Czech Republic
  21. Belgium
  22. Croatia
  23. Hong Kong SAR China
  24. Jamaica
  25. Kazakhstan
  26. Sweden
  27. Denmark
  28. U.S. Virgin Islands
  29. Brazil
  30. South Africa
  31. Austria
  32. European Union (I guess there’s a minister somewhere in Brussels bored out of his/her mind with the minutiae of European Commission work…)
  33. Poland
  34. Greece
  35. Tanzania
  36. Pakistan
  37. Serbia
  38. Nigeria
  39. Taiwan
  40. Thailand
  41. Israel
  42. Lithuania
  43. Romania
  44. Luxembourg
  45. Colombia
  46. Chile
  47. Algeria
  48. Saudi Arabia
  49. Kenya
  50. Lebanon
  51. Iraq
  52. Nepal
  53. Egypt
  54. Paraguay
  55. South Korea
  56. Vietnam
  57. Bahamas
  58. Argentina
  59. Portugal

The vast majority of search terms that bring readers here are classed as “unknown,” with a good number of known terms being shortlinks posted on Twitter. Others are mundane, normal, not weird in any way. “Parent book review,” “freeflowing thoughts wordpress,” “citistorage fire suspicious?” (which was totally not suspicious in any way, shape, or form).

And then there are the… weird terms.

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I understand how these terms would bring someone to my blog, but still… weird.

  1. “beauty and beast morning” — I compared Beauty and the Beast‘s Gaston with wrestler “Ravishing” Rick Rude in a post on Rude’s magnificently designed tights.
  2. “achival porno movies” — Okay, really? “Achival” porno movies? What was this person even looking for? Old porn or porn archives — because there are film archives with erotica in their collections. Harvard Film Archive has some (and they’re discussed in a post on HFA’s old blog), as does the wonderful Chicago Film Archive).
  3. “pro wrestler rick rude was a asshole in real life” — If only Grammar Slam had a video on the a/an thing. Aside from that, Rude seems to have been a stand-up guy.
  4. “porn catalog” — Okay. I concede that this is my fault. I sarcastically refer to tools of the archival trade in some posts as “archival supply porn.”
  5. “naughty gifs -tumblr site:*.wordpress.com” — I took a course on database searching in grad school and this, my friends, is a fuckin’ gold star search. This person knows how to optimize search operators.

I don’t think those readers found what they were looking for on Finding Aid. But there were over a thousand people who popped over to read about my LEGO organizing experience.

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To this day I don’t understand why this post was so popular. Who knows, maybe it’s the novelty of not dumping all my LEGOs into a single container. Separating the bricks. What a concept.

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Finally, most of my readers check in to read my blog on Thursdays around 6 PM. You’re either reading on your phones while stuck in traffic or eating dinner in front of your computer while checking your mail in another tab — which is what I do, as well.

Many thanks to all of you — from the Kenyans checking their email in the early evening to the dudes in Australia looking for porn archives to the American archivists link-hopping around on their lunch breaks — for stopping by to read the thoughts of an archivist-on-hiatus and housewife


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