The Joy of Snow Days

January 14, 2008

While many of the joys of childhood don’t translate well into adulthood, I am fortunate enough to still have the joy of the snow day. It is rather cool to be able to call work early in the morning, find out if the college is closed, and return to bed if possible. Today, I got to go back to bed, because the college was closed for the day. Of course, this also means that we did indeed get snow. On the positive side, the snowfall was fairly manageable. We didn’t lose power, and I was able to watch Masterpiece’s new version of Persuasion a couple of times (Persuasion just might be my favorite Jane Austen work). The best part, I was able to do this wearing my comfy pajamas, wrapped in toasty blankets while ensconced on my couch. What a wonderful day!

What Are You Actually Searching For?

January 14, 2008

I find it fascinating to look at people’s search terms. I look daily at the search terms that bring people to my blog. I am continually awed by the fact that one of the most common searches that people do to end up here is some form of “I hate school.” Honestly, on average, at least 5 people a day reach my blog by searching for “I hate school,” “I HATE SCHOOL!,” hate school, etc. So, ok, I wrote a post that I titled “I Hate School!” Admittedly, I was indulging in a bit of whining and trying to deal with some of my frustrations with school. I did feel better after writing the post, but I gave no thought to where it would end up in Google’s results for the search “I hate school.” It actually falls within the top ten results – depending, of course, on the specifics of the search.

There are two things that come to mind when I think about this. First, this makes me think much more about what titles I use on my blog posts. I feel the need to be a bit more thoughtful about what I am trying to convey. Second, I can’t help but wonder about the motivation behind searching for the I-hate-school phrase. It seems like such an odd thing to search for online, and I can’t help but wonder what the searchers in question are hoping to actually find. Of course, I seriously doubt that I will actually be privy to anyone else’s motivation. Very strange!