Monday, October 03, 2005

Inspector Surveillance (OR " IPs I have known & loved " )

The time has come for me to confess.

I'm a bit of a closet My Thoughts Exactly stats examiner. I spend a little more time than perhaps I should scrutinising IP addresses to work out where in the world* all you weirdos who read this thing are from, whether you're a on-the-job-and-should-be-working/comfort-of-your-own-home/or filthy-University-student type of reader, methodically noting the details of my lurkers and examining referrers to see how on earth (and why on earth) you got here. It makes pretty interesting reading, for a vain so and so like myself.

I usually try not to pass comment on how people google their way on here though (I mean, it's so Feburary '05), but this one really caught my eye.

- david beckham's sister lynne tufnell park north london

No way. It couldn't be.

Could it?

* I only need Wyoming to complete my 'US States & Canadian Provinces Great Plains Visitors' collection.


Jona said...

Lol, seeing as you’ve admitted it, I guess I should admit I check all that too! (Does the fact that I find it fun, mean I have no life?!)

Not nearly as interesting google searches though – the most exciting/questionable was ‘she wets her bed’ (I’m hoping it was just a another mom look for ideas to help her little darling!)

Curly said...

You've certainly got the nicer ones, mine are usually along the lines of "Young Hairy guys" or "Hairy happy trail". Oh dear.

Rob said...

I do this as well.

And I often find myself amused by the search terms.

These however are particularly interesting. See if you can get your postman to misdeliver her mail. (I'm sure he'll be more than happy to.)

Shane said...

As you know, I have been guilty of this sin. Having just checked search terms that recently led people to my humble blog, I can sadly confirm that the most interesting of these were... (i) the dog thesis, and
(ii) big chocolate tites (sic). *Shrugs shoulders and sighs*. Not quite what I had in mind when I started blogging.

Lanette said...

Will you teach me, oh mighty blogging master, how to do such things? I have a feelings I'll need to be checking up on my IP lurkers as well.

Huw said...

Be warned. It's not something to be undertaken lightly. It has addictive properties and can result in 'sadness'.

Lanette said...

Sadness? To what degree, and why?

I feel I am up to the challenge.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

You keep sniffing around and you might lose that guy over in the Midlands, who highly values his privacy. Blaine, or Thane, or something like that.

(P.S. Let us know if the sister is hot.)

Cleavers said...

Ah-ha, I'm not the only one who has this unfortunate addiction.

It becomes particularly addictive when you realise that your ex has suddenly started looking at your blog when you didn't even realise he knew you had one.

Oh, and when your roommate's friend who you fancy looks at it too.

Having a life is over-rated.

Lanette said...


How very interesting.

Monica said...

But wouldn't Beck's sister be in a superposh mansion, able to afford an infinite number of weedwackers? Or do you think Posh makes him cut off anyone who can't make her money?


Claire said...

Surely not?! I do that analysing the stats too!

Anonymous said...

clearly you're not the only one who checks this stuff. i have a sitemeter on my blog and i love checking to see who is reading about all of my drama.

i agree with cleavers who noted how interesting it is when you see that someone is checking your blog obsessively. i had an ex that was checking about 5 times a day (seriously - how often did he think i updated it?) and i eventually changed my link because he was starting to freak me out!

Lucy said...

Some od my last referred searches: friends of the friendless lucy; stinking assholes; topless graduate; abi titmuss wearing boots.