One of the fun things which a blog-hits counter like www.statcounter.com (the one I use) can do is track keyword searches. That way, along with seeing the routes people take from other blogs, I can see the Google searches which landed the web surfer on the Stuck-in-a-Book doorstop. And, for the past year or so, I’ve been making a note of the ones which amuse me the most…
Quite a few people, naturally, get here on a literary quest. Mentioning Crow Lake by Mary Lawson, The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence and The Summer Book by Tove Jansson have all proved advantageous – I suspect at least the first two appear on high school syllabi, since the searches are often prefixed by “summary of chapter 6 of” or ‘central characters in’. All well and good. Less understandable are bookish hunts such as ‘Why does Scrooge go to the lighthouse?’ (see sketch), or ‘value of book signed by Maria von Trapp’. I don’t think Stuck-in-a-Book has ever provided answers to these most valuable questions. Nor ‘Books with Wednesday in the title’. ‘Blogs with books on nuclear instrumentation’ baffled, and rather worried, me.
Some rather more hit the mark, though. ‘must read book overindulgence’ is perhaps my favourite, ‘bricks for bookcases’ is also quite fun, though how ‘why is work so dull’ got here, I can’t imagine. ‘I shan’t worry about that today, I’ll worry about that tomorrow’ might find themselves right at home.
And then there are the ones which are simply fun:
‘The Happy Birthday song in Middle English’ (see sketch)
‘The Bentall Centre toilets’
‘Boxes of 100 fireworks’
‘How much is shortbread?’
‘Wot is siblings’
‘Don’t Break My Heart My Itsy Bitsy Heart’
‘My desk is stuck’
‘doo doo doo do do you are so wonderful’
‘It is time again’
‘Sample family letters requesting pardon’
‘Most sympathetic animals’
What to say about them! I can only imagine they were disappointed…