Some of you know I think Chuck Wendig is a rockstar. Great writer, tremendous blogger and funny as hell. Most of you will enjoy his writing advice. Some of my snarkier More Cowbell pals would enjoy his other far-out features like Search Term Bingo, herein known as STB.
Nearly every month, there is an STB post with a catchy title and Chuck’s signature voice (and pornographic language). These blogs might be NSFW but they are always fun. Even on the days when I don’t understand them, I still enjoy them.
What is Search Term Bingo?
Chuck mines the Internet search term results that refer views to his site. Yep, those strange things people type in to places like Google are visible in the stats for blog clients like WordPress.
Only Chuck would think to build a post around them where most of the sentences contain a search term. I’ve learned to put my coffee cup aside before I read them so I don’t choke.
In Search Term Bingo, crazy words abound, nonsensical facts reign and we learn how wacky the internet is. In fact, the term BTFO (Beard the F–k On) was discovered during a Search Term Bingo post in April, 2011. Besides being a trivia question here at More Cowbell, BTFO now holds a proud place in Wendig culture. It has become an anthem encouraging writers everywhere (it has its own hashtag and everything).
Note: I want a #Cowbell hashtag when I grow up!!!
Sorry, where was I? Ahhh, Master Wendig and his creative blogging ideas (which I am now “borrowing.”) He inspired me to browse my search terms the other day and I realized that, while my terms aren’t half as classic as Chuck’s, they’re still pretty damn funny.
Here were the biggest referrers:
Maxine Cartoon searches are by far the most popular referrers to this site. This makes me smile because they remind me of my mom, who is deceased – my Mother’s Day post is the one that opens for those Maxine Lovers. Go, MOM! You exercise that Heavenly Cowbell and get those peeps to my blog. 🙂
Of course there were lots of Cowbell phrases but the one that made me giggle was “fever cowbell.” Is this disco cowbell, sickly cowbell? Huh.
We had a three-way tie for “fighting,” “pimp” and “yummy snacks.” The following nonsense is what came to my mind when I saw those:
“An eager young editor and a tired old pimp were fighting over Jenny’s manuscript AND her yummy snacks.”
Dang, between the Chocolate Philosophy and STB, I have GOT to get my flash fiction going on soon. Clearly I need an outlet for these sorts of hijinks.
Which leads us to the next batch of popular search terms:
- table dancing
- i shake shake shake your melon dance
- girl with tripple d cups (I also got Triple D women and triple d cup)
Oh my… Those are much more reminiscent of what we see in Master Chuck’s posts. And I want to understand what someone is looking for exactly when they type “i shake shake shake your melon dance” into Google.
I can’t wait to see what comes up the next time I play this game. Do you all follow your referrers to see where your blog traffic comes from? Do you have any crazy or surprising terms to share with us? Enquiring minds always want to know at More Cowbell.
Don’t forget, this Friday is Life List Friday! I will be hanging out over at Gene Lempp’s wonderful blog, and the fantastic Violeta Nedkova w/a Lyn Midnight will be sharing the love here at More Cowbell.
See you then!