A Daring Adventure's post earlier today made me go to Google Analytics and look up the search terms that have led visitors to my blog. It's a motley list.
Most frequently searched term: Gons Nachman, or variations such as Gons G. Nachman, Gons Nachman bio, Congo Gons Nachman, and Gons Nachman naturalist. Hardly a day goes by without someone searching for ol' Gons. I guess those people might be searching for some other Gons Gutierrez Nachman, but the one they find here is the former FSO and Vice-Consul who is currently serving a twenty-year sentence in U.S. Federal prison. Why so much interest? It's been over two years since I last posted anything about that reprobate. Maybe he has a fan club of old girlfriends or something.
Second most frequently searched term: united forever in friendship and labor. That is the opening line of the national anthem of the Soviet Union, which I once posted something about. At least once a week since then some Commie lover of patriotic music has arrived at my blog.
Third most frequently searched term: Unabomber's reading list, or variations such as books found in Unabomber's cabin, Unabomber list of books, and Secret Agent Conrad Unabomber. How many hits do you suppose I might get if I blogged about Gons Nachman and the Unabomber sharing a cell and listening to the Soviet national anthem while they read their favorite books?
Other search terms that I see a few times a month include U.S. government pen, Kendall Myers, and Foreign Affairs Security Training Center.
Quite a few people search for things like embassy design concept, location NEC [New Embassy Complex] U.S. Embassy Dakar Senegal, and secret construction projects at U.S. embassy. Sorry to disappoint, but if construction projects are secret, then obviously they aren't blog-able. That's what Wikileaks is for.
Some one-off search terms that I liked:
Boss bureaucrat - I wish I'd used that name
General Dozier wife bound - possibly from a sado-masochistic researcher of Red Brigade kidnappings
Shakespeare being Irish - there are many Shakespeare theories, but that's a new one on me
Summary of Greenblatt's essay resonance and wonder - an excellent work on museum design by someone who has written about Shakespeare; possibly related to the above search term?
Spanked by Mrs. Crawford - I have no idea what that's about, but I did once use the word "spanked" in the title of a post about Jared Cohen
What do conservatives think about Jared Cohen - beats me (not a reference to Mrs. Crawford, I just mean I don't know what conservatives think about @JaredCohen)
And lastly, possibly the oddest search term of all - Where do you join the most dangerous branch of the Peace Corps? That Peace Corps wannabee badly misses the whole point of the thing.