Before I started all this blogging lark, I had no idea that when you land on a blog/website, the search term typed to get you there is visible to the authors/designers of the site. Most searches are just sensible and to the point, phrases like “giblet gravy” or “roasting a chicken temperature“. A few do stand out though, sometimes because they are sad/cute/revealing or all three: “Why can’t I make soup?” Oh, bless.
For a while, I had a rather grand and regular searcher who seems to have given up on my site now, Hampshirecook was not quite posh enough for his or her tastes. How do I know this? Well, the personal pronoun “one” was used in every search, so almost daily the list had phrases such as “can one really mix ginger and garlic in one’s soup?”; “if one’s gravy is lumpy, what can one do?” and the like. I imagined some down at heel Duchess whose servants had all run off with the silver, trying to manage a kitchen for the first time.
This one today though actually made me spit out my coffee:
“Can Jaffa Cakes Make Me High? ”
Er, not to our knowledge…But, I am so loving trying to work out what is going on in this searcher’s head, assuming they are not actually attending junior school. And, of course, trying to work out what is in Google’s head/algorithim too that bounced that search to me! Or, do I just need to get out more?