How did you get here?

I have always been interested in how people find this blog. I assume that most of you are friends of mine on twitter and check out my blog now and then, but there are also lots of people who just find my blog while googling for something else.  What is great about WordPress is that it logs the words people were searching for when they found this blog. It’s an interesting and random list; ‘ a girl walking in a maze’, ‘rivers cuomo without glasses’, ‘статуя свободы’ (?),  ‘celebrity beards’, ‘hogwarts library’ & ‘cherry healey’s sunglasses’ to name but a few. But these are not the most popular words that people have being searching with to find my blog. Lets have a look at the top 5  searches…

Search Views
tell em steve dave 24
brian quinn tell em steve dave   8
manhattan bridge 7
ghostbusters building 5
brooklyn bridge 5

 

As you can see ‘tell em steve dave’ is the most popular search. In fact everything in the top 5  are words from my post about the first, and (so far) only time that I’ve been to America. My holiday to New York.  So if you want to read all about my trip to America, the post you are looking for is called ‘Empire State Of Mind’. This also contains the story of how my girlfriend and I took a train to Red Bank, New Jersey to Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash where we met Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan & Brian Quinn and ended up on the ‘Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave’ podcast. If you are here because of that you can also see a little YouTube video I made of  the podcast in the post called ‘TELL ‘EM STEVE-DAVE!!’.

Currently it is very easy to see these two posts as they are both on my home page, as I have set it up so you can see my last 5 posts on the main page. This seems like a reasonable figure, five. I have also set up everything else on my home page to show the last 5 of other things. My last 5 tweets, last 5 songs I listened to on Lastfm, the last 5 photos I posted on Flickr, etc. However this post, the one you are reading now, will kick the ‘TELL ‘EM STEVE-DAVE!!’ post off the home page. You will no longer see it if you were just browsing my home page. You would have to look for it in my archive. Now this is part where I worry about what makes this blog popular for some people and how the whole search thing works.  At the moment my home page is the most visited page. I assume this because it is the main page, the default page you come to. It seems logical that it would be the most visited page, but this also the page that contains the two posts which contains the words for the most popular searches. When these posts are no longer on the home page will they still be searchable? Are these posts the main reason why people come and read my blog?  I could pin these popular posts to the homepage so they will always appear first in the list of posts, but I don’t want to do that. I don’t want the first thing people to see are old posts I wrote months or maybe years ago. Blogs should be constantly changing and updating. I want to move on and write about other things in my life.  I do hope that people who have found my blog because of these popular posts have decided to stay and read other entries. I  guess I will soon find the answer to these questions when I get a sudden drop of visitors when these posts have left my home page.  There is another thing I have noticed about my blog. I have lots of visitors but a distinct lack of comments. The last comment my blog had was in June? Why is that? Are people scared of being the first person to leave a comment? Why is no one saying anything? I do like to get some feedback now and then, I like to know your views. Are the things I blog about of interest to you? Are you still reading this or did you give up after the first few lines? Is there anybody there? No? oh well… Hey ho. 🙂

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TELL ‘EM STEVE-DAVE!!

I will write a proper blog about my trip to New York later, but for the time being I will leave you with the highlight of my trip…

TELL ‘EM STEVE-DAVE #19:   “For Those About To Rock”

UPDATE:  If you would like to read more about my trip to America and my time on Tell ’em Steve-Dave,  I wrote about this in the blog entry called ‘Empire State Of Mind’.

What makes you, you?

I have wanted black frame glasses ever since I was about 11 years old when I had to start wearing glasses but for years I just wore what my parents bought for me. Black framed specs seemed impossible to find. I can remember seeing Elvis Costello on TV and wondering where he got his from. I always thought that glasses were like guitars. When you are a young guitarist all you seem to find and afford are Stratocasters & Les Paul Copies when what you are really after is a Fender Jaguar. So buying these glasses was a giant leap for me. Glasses can define someone more than the clothes they wear.  Once you get a pair of black framed glasses it is hard to turn back.  I found myself buying the same frames (boots – curlew) for years. Then came the bad news… Boots Opticians no longer made these frames. Boots however were kind enough to put me in touch with the chinese company who made them. After a few emails back and forth it turns out they have stopped making them (woe). So I went on the hunt for new frames, and since then I have built up a small collection. I had also not realised how when you do wear a pair of black framed glasses that you fall into a generic category. People recognise you because of your glasses or mistake you for someone else who also wears glasses, even if those glasses look nothing like your own. A good example of this was in 2005 when I was a Reading festival. I was minding my own business watching a band (as you do) when I noticed that I was being looked at by a group of people who then started following me. One of them finally came up to me and said. “Excuse me, are you Rivers? I’m a big fan”. I was a bit confused. The only person I could think she was talking about was Rivers Cuomo from Weezer. Who apart from having dark hair and glasses I think looks nothing like me.

Me at Reading Festival 2005

Rivers Cuomo from Weezer

She looked a bit embarrassed as I said “No” and went back to her friends to inform them all that I was not he. This however was not the first or the last time that people think I look like someone else just because of the glasses alone. I’ve been told I look like Mr E from the eels, Rolf Harris, Rick Moranis, Graham Coxon, Woody Allen. You name it almost anyone with dark hair and glasses. All of which look nothing a like. I wonder if anyone has told Woody Allen that they loved him in Ghostbusters? When you wear glasses you also have problems when it comes to fancy dress. You have 3 options; 

1. Lose the glasses. You then dress as anyone. In my case I was the Joker.  The downside of this is that you can’t see anything at the party.

2. Wear your glasses. This may look odd if the person you dress up is not known for wearing glasses. Freddy Krueger being one of them.

3. Find a character that has glasses and make it part of your costume. Like Clark Kent changing into Superman.

Now that last picture of me, The one of me as Clark Kent/Superman I have used as my avatar across the internet for almost everything. I think it kinda sums up a lot of who I am. I like comics. I like fancy dress. I like geekyness. It shows of a bit of personality and I like that. I sometimes think about getting contacts. Break away from this generic look. But then I think of this…

2 years ago my friends threw me a surprise birthday party where everyone dressed as me. What I thought was a generic look is unique to my friends. I am my glasses and my beard. It makes me who I am. I asked people on twitter to post a photo of themselves looking like me and here are my favourites

@Louise_Knight

@jodiechat

and saving the best till last.

@tipyourhat

Everyone has there own look and mine is having a beard and glasses.

It makes me, me! …and I am happy with that.

Me 2010