Blog Visitors and the 30-Day Song Challenge Revisited

What are people searching for?

This morning I had my first visitor from Iraq.  Welcome!  They found my article about Mark E. Smith and his passing.  (I almost never know what the search terms were, but I’ll know if the click came from Google or Bing or FB, for example.)

It got me to thinking about people finding my blog, and how they get here.  I cannot brag about the number of visitors or my number of followers but looking at some of the statistics offered to me as part of my blog space purchase, I can make some interesting observations.

By far the most visitors that I receive find my homepage.  This is interesting because, if I advertise a post, on FB or otherwise, I will post a link for a new article, not for the homepage.  I think people find the blog searching for information about community noise – a term associated with measuring and designing for noise impacts commercial aircraft have on neighborhoods near airports.

Most people find my blog from search engines; the other large referrers are WordPress (other bloggers), Facebook, and the Live Music Project (who I write for sometimes).

Most visitors, if not finding my home page, are searching a theme from the 30-day song challenge.  It has been about 10 months since I completed that exercise.  I still receive visitors searching for specific themes.  By far the most-searched themes, and my offerings:

  1. Day 22: A song that moves you forward

The The — “This is the Day”

  1. Day 4: A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget

The Cure — “Love Cats”

A song that moves you forward.  I interpreted this request to mean a song that is “emotionally propelling”, perhaps somebody needs a lift from a bad day.  I hope I help.  If I’m right, that’s a lot of people searching for help through music.  Everybody needs help, kudos to those that are trying to find it.

A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.  Is this almost the antithesis of the first one?   It’s as if people are searching for hate.  I need help interpreting this.

The 30-day challenge was a fun exercise, and while posting every day for a month was exhausting for me, I didn’t put a lot of thought into the longevity of what I was doing.  People are still searching those themes and finding me; I think there are several variants of the theme out there.

Here’s a Day 31 challenge –the newest song on your living room playlist.

The Black Tones, “The Key of Black (They Want Us Dead)”

Local DJ played this yesterday afternoon at the close of the set.  I will be learning more about them.

Lastly, I now have had visitors from 50 countries.  The US is by far the most, the next five, in order, are Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Brazil, and Indonesia.

Good Sunday, everyone, and if you are a mom, Happy Mother’s Day.

 

 

Day 18: A song from the year you were born

This is close enough.  Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence

I’m in Washington’s North Cascades region, checking out the national park and areas around.  Staying in Winthrop, which is a hot desert area just to the east of the mountain range.

I was planning to use Ligeti’s “Requiem”, which I just saw played at the Symphony, but decided that I just used Ligeti a couple of days ago, so I’d go with something else.  (Ligeti would be a good choice, though, because nobody reading this blog probably knows who that is)   I had to scramble to find something else this morning.  I like this guys…but it wouldn’t occur to me to blog about them.  I would, and will sometime, blog about Simon’s incredible album Graceland.