Tuesday, January 24, 2006

How Do You Find Me?

I've noticed that other bloggers besides me enjoy researching how people around the world come to find their blogs. Lee Goldberg maintains that a steady stream of visitors find him in their search for Lindsey Lohan's nipples, and surely the Book Tarts at The Lipstick Chronicles get hit on by folks looking for shoes, views, booze, and writing news.

Me? I've gotten some crazy weird visits over the last few years. The most frequent search phrase that brought peeps to my blog in 2005 was..."whine the pooh." No, no typos there. I've had visitors from all over the world who searched on..."whine the pooh" (WTF?) and then chose to visit to my blog. One from Manilla, I think. And Mexico City. And Togo. Go figure. Why that phrase? Yes, I whine. And the word "Pooh" used to appear on my list of movies watched in 2005. That's as close as we get, folks.

Now even though I'm not sure how a reader in Taipei, Taiwan arrived at my blog, I am delighted that I was translated into what I have to assume (sorry if I'm wrong) was Mandarin Chinese. Here's the page. Pretty, don't you think? I cling to the illusion that the thousands of multilingual typing monkeys who work for Yahoo/SYSTRAN captured the full range of my brilliance.

I get a few hits a month from folks researching abdominal muscle diastasis, a condition to which I'm apparently doomed. Two big babies twenty months apart and pregnancy weight gain of almost fifty pounds each time (although I'm happy to say I'm now back to fighting weight) have torn my six-pack into two parallel three-packs. A one-inch wide "fault-line" runs down my middle now. I haven't given up, though. I'm working on strengthening the underlying transverse muscles by doing what are called "elevator" exercises, but it's doubtful that the abs on top will ever meet in the middle again. If you are a fellow sufferer, this article from Fit Pregnancy may help.

I can't neglect to mention the great feeling I get when readers visit me from the links on my fellow bloggers' sites. Thanks, y'all who have listed me. If I haven't listed your blog yet, please let me know and I'll reciprocate.

How did YOU find me? No matter how you got here, I'll close by saying a simple "thank you" to my lovely readers. I appreciate having you there at your monitors, reading my posts, and--when you are so moved--weighing in on the comments page. You are what makes this endeavor worthwhile. *smooches*

p.s. Rest in Peace, Paul Guyot's Bog. Paul, I enjoyed reading anything and everything you had to say and, especially, savoring the exquisite illustrations you provided.

14 comments:

Erik Ivan James said...

Mary Louisa,
I found you via the blogger community. And, I'm glad I did.

Stephanie said...

ML - followed you here b/c of AC & my J sharing a bith month and us bonding as mommies.

Christa M. Miller said...

I've been here since the beginning... not going anywhere either! :D

shannon said...

I am stealing steph's excuse. AC and the journey of mommyhood.

Alphabeter said...

I think I found you through MG's blogroll.

But you're on mine now!

Abby, a fellow pg.org poster said...

As an AMA mom-to-be myself I enjoyed reading your pg journal at pg.org which ultimately led me here after I clicked your blog link one day.. After that I was hooked!

Mary Louisa said...

EIJ, glad you did, too!

Steph, Christa, and Shannon, it will be great fun to see our babies grow up together.

Alphabeter, cool! Thanks for adding me.

Abby, thank you for introducing yourself. So glad you found another geriatric--I mean older--mom's journal helpful. I just took a look at yours today. I know I'm going to enjoy it. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

jason evans said...

Wow, I'm such a long time offender, I don't remember how I found you.... A couple of times, newsreaders hooked on to one my posts and reported the contents as breaking news. LMAO!

anne frasier said...

mary louisa,
i'm pretty sure i found you through rob gregory browne's blog. i dropped in here, read something you'd posted that was hilarious, and that was that. knew i had to come back.

Jennifer said...

I found you through a search for Weight Watchers Delaware or something like that. I don't remember how or why or what search engine I was using. And I can't remember why I was searching for Weight Watchers either -- I'm a lifetime member, albeit an inactive one.

I bookmarked your blog then but hadn't looked at it for a while. I'm in Delaware too, for what it's worth. Also a mother and a writer of sorts.

- Jennifer

Jeff said...

I think I also found you by way of Rob Gregory Browne's blog. :)

Drama Mama said...

Found you through another blog on my list of blogging mommies. So now you're on my list and I'll be keeping up.

Moody Mammy said...

I just popped over here for the first time today. I found you from a link psycho sahm's blog while surfing around avoiding housework.

Mary Louisa said...

Computer hosed. Typing fast. THANKS, friends, for checking in. Don't wanna lose this comment...