It has been a busy year on this site, during my first year as a blogger. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of doing some writing every day and picking over it for highlights worth publishing. I suspect I’m not alone among bloggers in enjoying days when I get lots of ‘hits’, and watching the monthly visitor figures steadily rising has kept up my enthusiasm.

About half my visitors have been referred here while doing a websearch of a topic or keyword. On my DASHBOARD page I get a little report telling me what topics attracted their interest. It’s no surprise when someone searches “Amsterdam cycling” or “Tasmania hike”, then by the magic of Google is sent to RT’s LOTR for my expert advice. However there are some weird ones too, and checking to see what some readers entered is a daily source of amusement to me.

Searchers were referred to this site by looking for:

“castles in dreary places with purple ski” If this is a typo, what did the writer intend it to say?

“penis korea” and “naked in bus” I don’t think they were looking for travel articles.

“tortoise broken finger” and “rabbits fighting” I don’t recall writing anything about such animal activity.

Nor do I remember ever inventing the poetic phrase “beside the pond was a flat carpet of sun”, but somebody, somewhere in cyberspace was out there looking for it and I was the beneficiary of another ‘hit’.

I hope, dear strange web-trawling visitors, that you found something of interest anyway, and that you will come back and see me some time. Come back soon. Come back often!


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  1. bagnidilucca

    I found you while I was tag surfing – don’t you love that – it sounds quite energetic. I regularly get hits through “cracked wall” which leads them to the stone house we are rebuilding in the mountains soon. “Pink snails” leads them to the large pink snails crawling in front of the Galleria in Milan. I too, like it when I get lots of hits and comments and feel quite miffed if one of my posts has not attracted much attention. I am new to blogging, or anythng to do with a computer, so it is a new world. I love your posts and read every one. Keep up the good work.

  2. bagnidilucca

    This is one of the very same pink snails that were sliding around Milan. It must be something like the Buddy Bears in Helsinki. No wonder pink snails comes up regularly. Cracked wall is a bit more of a mystery. Why would anyone look for cracked wall??

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