When I started tracking hits on my genealogy and Essex County history sites, I had no idea there would be so many people seraching for information on Nathaniel Mallory, Zadoch Nichols, and the history of Mineville. Granted, in this case, “many” means “more than 5”, but still… I thought I’d get a lot of hits for the abolitionists John Brown or Gerrit Smith, but not so. I get a LOT of hits looking for Mineville, a lot for Keene, some for Jay, and quite a few for North Elba, but it seems they’re actually searching for Elba, NY, which is out in the western part of the state. (No, I don’t know why it’s North Elba.) The most searches come for the history of Crown Point, which is the most extensive of the histories and has the most names, so that makes some sense.
I also get a lot of hits for “old school photographs” or “old college photographs,” which is just what I’ve titled those pages, but it makes me wonder just exactly what people are looking for when they Google those terms. I’ve had several hits for “Bennington College photographs” — I can produce any two of those search terms, but not all three, sorry to say. I had one hit not too long ago for “plastic surgery disasters photographs” — that person went away disappointed, I’m glad to say. And I picked up a hit from someone looking for information on “rosin allergies” — again, I can tell you about rosin (well, about glycerol ester of wood rosin, anyway), and I can tell you about allergies, but if you’re looking for a synergy of those terms, you’re gonna have to look elsewhere.
I’ve also attracted a few hits from people looking for some bizarre porn, but I can’t imagine that when they see a summary of the sites that they would think they’ve found it here. Worried about what kinds of people might turn up now that the words “Nutcracker” and “Mother Ginger’s skirt” are in my blog, but these are the chances you take. Maybe it was better not to know….