My dear friend Doris Brazil has been lamenting the fact that her blog lags so far behind this one when it comes to international readership. And indeed, given the caliber of her writing, it does seem rather unfair. Doris has correctly identified that her content–diary items on the UK’s sleepy but scenic west country; staff room anecdotes from Doris Brazil Ladies Wear; and the occasional haiku–are not of prime interest to the YouPorn generation. Although sleaze searchers do occasionally make their way to Musings on Appleton Marsh, Doris reports that her current top search is “microwave spatter guard”. Hmmm.
My own top search term this and every other week is “naked men” which has received 822 hits this week so far and it’s only Wednesday. This results from an entirely innocuous post I penned after a day trip to Crosby Beach, near Liverpool more than a year ago. Admittedly, these pornsurfers are probably not the quality readership to which I aspire, but nonetheless I do think Doris would be well-advised to cultivate a less tweedy frame of reference , and work in mentions of bare, glistening flesh rather more often than kitchen hygiene tips. That said, once we get past the naked men (so to speak) my readership seems, like myself, to be:
1) Interested in food
2) Of Northern Irish origin.
Itchy ankles, it seems, are a surprisingly common complaint: sufferers ceaselessly search for a cure and are disappointed to find themselves directed here.
The other popular search term is Sarah Palin boots and I suppose these readers might usefully be diverted to Doris, for their interest in accessories. Or perhaps they have more in common with the curious and kinky? Hard to say…