Thursday, May 04, 2006

Slow boat to Mongolia

A couple of weeks back Muzzlehatch, who is much less of a technophobe than yours truly, fitted a tracking device to this site. Since then we've had 423 unique visitors. The largest number (a third) have come from the Land of the Long White Cloud, with the United States taking silver and Britain bronze. We've had smaller numbers of visitors from places as far afield as Bangladesh, Venezuela, and Finland.

What I find interesting is the info the tracker provides on how visitors came to wash up these shores. Visitors from the Indian subcontinent seem to arrive here after searching google for cricket-related topics; the Poms seem to come via blogs of their own that have linked to us; and some of the Americans seem to be desperate high schools students googling topics like 'Essay answer on Marxism'.

The prize for the most quixotic route to this site goes to the bloke from Malaysia who googled 'A fast ferry to Ulan Bator' and wound up reading my mate Adrian's accounts of his adventures on the Trans-Siberian railway. The last time I checked, Ulan Bator was the capital of Mongolia, a landlocked country. In fact, I think I remember reading that no capital city is as far from the sea. Best of luck looking for a berth, mate.

An honourable mention should also go to the Iranian who googled for 'An available sex site' and found himself reading my not-very-titillating post on Theognis, the ancient Greek poet and pederast. In a country as sexually repressive as Iran, googling for porn probably counts as revolutionary act, so I should wish we could have given the poor bloke in Tehran something a little more satisfying. Better luck next time, I guess...


Blogger muzzlehatch said...

I dunno, I quite like the guy who searched for: poem fish tea garden, wonder what he had in mind..

4:30 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

Hi Scott
A few weeks back I posted under the title 'Tories off their tits', which is British slang for 'high on drugs'. Suffice to say several people who found my blog on google were directed to a post they probably weren't much interested in.

12:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scott,
I seem to have lost your email... Anyway, check out this on the Solomons in SMH this morning:

Mike B

12:09 pm  

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