Sapolsky, Bonobos, More Sexy Baboon Biologist, Rhyming Events, Light Boxes, and Trader Joes… My blog’s top 20 search terms of all time

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I’ve been in a stats mood the last few days. It’s fun to take a look behind the scenes once in a while, even on a low-traffic personal blog. As I mentioned yesterday when I shared the top 20 most visited posts from my site, I’ve been blogging (nearly) daily for about 8 months.

Robert Sapolsky & Baboon Friend

Robert Sapolsky & Baboon Friend

Here are the top 20 search terms that people used to get to my blog, Memory Monster. Who knew that Robert Sapolsky was so popular? I mean, he is kind of a sexy baboon biologist, and he writes well and is really funny, but 75%?! Yes, searches on his name account for about 75% of my blog traffic, if these WordPress stats are to be believed. One of my three posts that mention him is the most visited post on my site, the other two are in the top 20 here, and here.

 

 

 

  • robert sapolsky
  • bonobo
  • sapolsky
  • rhyming events
  • shane jones light boxes
  • trader joes bubble bath
  • trader joe’s next to godliness
  • sapolsky robert
  • warwak
  • rhyming event
  • french lentil chili
  • engine 2 meatloaf
  • trader joe’s mandarin orange dish soap
  • engine 2 diet meatloaf
  • smokey bear ashtray
  • next to godliness soap
  • coconut breaded tofu
  • trader joe’s next to godliness liquid dish soap
  • engine 2 meatloaf recipe
  • how to make friends with birds

Welcome world and your quirky searches

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Welcome visitors to my blog from the following countries over the last 30 days! {Highest number of visits to lowest.}

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • India
  • Brazil
  • Spain
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Netherlands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Greece
  • Portugal
  • Belgium
  • New Zealand
  • Turkey
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Hong Kong
  • Croatia
  • Malaysia
  • Peru
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Taiwan
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Pakistan
  • Lebanon
  • Czech Republic
  • Philippines
  • Malta
  • Chile
  • Austria
  • Thailand
  • South Africa
  • Russian Federation
  • Japan
  • Israel
  • Albania
  • Guatemala
  • Barbados
  • Morocco
  • Colombia
  • Republic of Korea
  • Ecuador
  • Slovenia
  • Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Ukraine
  • Viet Nam
  • Kenya
  • Bulgaria
  • Bangladesh
  • Nigeria
  • Honduras
  • Venezuela
  • Aruba

Why you really ended up here, I don’t know, although I have a clue from your search terms, the top 20 of which I’ve listed here:


My favorite search term of the last month is this one. Maybe I stopped somebody else from calling the cops on their neighbors just because their step-son had a basketball hoop on the street next to their driveway. 

  • neighbors basketball hoop annoying

Don’t let February sneak up on you

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I haven’t yet prepped for my Light Box month this year, even though I’m 4 days into it. Maybe it’s time to check out Light Boxes again. The trick will be to keep myself mentally and physically healthy in a month that is typically hard for me, on top of the extra stress that I’m already experiencing.

Meanwhile, I’m falling asleep at the keyboard again. Apparently my body is trying to keep me on my new weekday schedule (even though it had no problem letting me sleep in very late this morning). Signing off to finish up The Well of Lost Plots. So much going on that I’ve not dedicated too much reading time the last few weeks—it’s taking me forever to get through this one.

Where are my writing prompts this fall?!

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I’m sort of at a writing loss this fall. First, I fell behind on mindful52. Recently, I’d been trying to catch up, but noticed that the organizer lost some steam as well and posts and responses have become fewer and far between and maybe even stopped completely in October. Then, I gave up on NaNoWriMo (although I’ve kept up with NaBloPoMo).

I was really looking forward to Reverb, which last year took place during December. But today I received an email from the main organizer who has decided not to host it this year. She encouraged everyone to write our own Reverb prompts and then comment on them throughout the month, possibly inviting others to respond to our prompts. I can tell the community feels a little abandoned and irritated that she waited until the last minute to let everyone know, and I certainly feel this myself. It’s just not the same as being given a new prompt each day, with several thousand other people responding to the same prompts on the same day in a sort of collective group meditation. And tomorrow is already December 1—not a lot of time to come up with our own list. However,  there are a few people seeing this as a challenge: brainstorming ideas and posting them on twitter. Maybe I’ll end up following one of those, or come up with a list tomorrow morning…

Although it’s disappointing, I can’t really blame the organizers for petering out on mindful52 or reverb. They put a huge amount of time, energy, and resources into creating and maintaining these challenges, and who knows what is happening in their personal lives?

If not for December, I like the idea  of writing the prompts ahead of time for my February light box month.