I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a numbers geek. Not that I’m good, or even functional with advanced mathematics, because I was pointing my future in other directions by the time I got past high school and so I avoided calculus and advanced physics. I do, however, think of a lot of things in terms of numbers, can do basic math fairly quickly in my head, and I find statistics interesting.
A lot of people tune out when numbers get thrown around, not me. The most boring things become fascinating to me with you turn them into numbers and slap a % next to them. Example: I was researching peat for a story and my wife happened to walk by. I said, rather cheerfully, something along the lines of, “Hey, did you know that about 6% of Finland’s electricity production comes from power plants that burn peat?”
Of course she didn’t know. I hadn’t known it until a minute earlier. That was such a boring bit of trivia that my throwing it at her might rightly have been labelled assault. She stabbed me to death with her eyes for a second, then shook her head and walked away. In retrospect, I don’t blame her.
What’s the point of all this? Statistics. And “bleh”. Because numbers amuse me I’m often checking out my WordPress statistics page, and not just because I want to keep track of how many people visit, but because it provides interesting information about why they came here, and where they went when they left if they clicked through a link from this blog. I notice when the numbers change, and find them fascinating for many reasons other than trend-identification. The numbers are interesting, but so are the words, and every once in a while they catch my eye.
For instance, today the top search term for my blog was “bleh Michael”. And yes, when I go to check on Google, once you get past the people on Facebook who are actually named “Michael Bleh”, you see this blog listed. Bing shows different results, and so I officially declare them inferior!
I don’t know why three people would have looked for that, or why they would continue on to my page, but it makes me a little bit happy to be the home of some of the bleh on the Internet. I shall endeavour to inject bleh into this blog on a more regular basis. You have to give the people what they want…
One place I haven’t delved into is the filtered spam comments. I’ve been afraid to, for the same reason I avoid user comments on YouTube or news sites, because they hurt my brain. But Tobin seems to have had a good time diving into his, maybe one day I’ll muster up the nerve to do the same.
2012 Resolution Progress:
3895/1,000,000 words written (0.39%)
4/4 days blogged (Target: 366/366)
2/2 Days cafeteria avoidance (No real target)