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giving the people what they want


i was perusing my blog stats again this morning, which is a way of finding out what people are looking at around these parts, from where and how they get here. it's all very encouraging, since all subjects seem to get their share of love, but my favourite part (aside from the fact that march is already a record-breaking month in terms of site visits, eclipsing february's previous high-water mark) is seeing how the internet has directed people here.

the number one search term for the last little while is very simple: "orange". that's right, the little colour that nobody likes, let along wants to wear on their face apparently has a secret fan club who are searching for it through the wilds of the internet. happy to oblige.

steve bickley continues to have a popular following (in fact, he now leads the pack in all-time searches), as do other bell-related searches, but the last few weeks have seen a new term emerge: "abuse by bell". yes, it's obvious that there is an increasingly desperate group of people seeking support after their bell canada experiences. be strong, folks, there are many others like you and there are options available.

"kate macdonald benzos" is making regular appearances on the list of terms through which people get here, which makes me scratch my head a little, but at least it's better than "kate macdonald should be on benzos".

apparently, through the number of views and the number of search terms that have landed people here, people were happy to see a restaurant review of gourmet du vietnam in montreal. more nom reports to follow shortly. (you can also check out the reviews on drunk on food.)

but the absolute winners of the past week, which somehow led people to this site were (and these are probably my favourites ever):

"how to create a halo effect in a passion play"

which makes me happy that people are reviving the medieval tradition of passion plays. and our winner:

"things that look like desserts in space"

my friend, i can't guarantee it will be here, but i sincerely hope that you find what you're looking for.

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