Photo: Red squirrel, by Drew McLennan via flickr.com, CC BY-NC 2.0
When you have a blog, it’s possible to obsess over the statistics you have access to: chiefly, visitor counts by day, by month, by post, and by country of origin*. But nothing on the stats page is more fun than the list of search terms – terms by which people have navigated the seas of the Internet to wind up anchored (or perhaps more likely, accidentally beached) at Scientist Sees Squirrel. Inspired by similar exercises from Small Pond Science and The Lab and Field**, I present a few of the more interesting search terms by which this blog can be found.
- lesser scientist
Sure, I’m a lesser scientist than some, but Google, did you have to say so? Although it turns out I did use that phrase, in my post on optimal distribution of grant funding.
- best sample scientific reading
- written good things by scintiest
These two would make me feel really good about my blog, except that they lead to a post in which I praise other people’s writing. Oh well.
- scientific reasons questions answers on squarrels
- what is a squirrels strenght of defence
- best description beauty of squirrel in less words
- squireel autobiography
- squirrel statistics
- don’t see explicit 7 facts about the squirrel
- what r the midicain to squeral
Look, here’s the thing. I don’t actually know anything about squirrels. I’m an insect/plant guy, mostly, and the whole Scientist Sees Squirrel thing was more of a metaphor. You know, short attention span and all that. So I’m sorry, but someone else will have to answer these. Especially the last one.
- good names for squirresl
- scientist write wrong answer in paper
Yes, I’m sure I have; so have most of us. Despite claims to the contrary, I think this is a completely normal feature of how science progresses.
- at what age did barbara cartland stop writing novels
So Google thinks I’m an expert on the English romance novelist Barbara Cartland? You write one post about her… Although as it turns out, I know the answer: never (she left about 150 completed manuscripts at her death, and they’re still being published).
- geoffrey chaucer his defects
I’m sure he had some, but that’s not why I mentioned him. Mind you, it was in a post called “Dealing with the Defect in English”, so I can see what Google was thinking.
- genus turds why name
Well, it’s “Turdus”, but otherwise I shared your curiosity and wrote about it here.
- is is possible to get grant if my legs are unequally?
I’m ashamed to admit that I chuckled when I saw this one. Until I read it a second time. I hope the searcher found some help, but if so, they found it somewhere other than the post their query led to.
- my reviewer said
Yeah, mine did too. Overall, though, I think peer review works very, very well.
- wonderful scientific thoughts
Why, thank you.
© Stephen Heard (firstname.lastname@example.org) December 7, 2015
*Oh Guyana, what have I done to you that you’re the gap in my otherwise complete collection of South American countries? UPDATE: and this very post, it seems, got viewed from Guyana. Woo-hoo! Now to work on North Korea…
**I hope Terry and Alex won’t mind this blatant rip-off. As for you, dear reader: it’s right there in the masthead, “Seldom Original”. You were warned.