For a while now I have been wanting to post something about the search terms people have used which have led them to my blog. Looking at these terms is interesting and can be a measure of what interests are driving people to your blog. Sometimes they can be a little sad. And sometimes they can be downright disturbing as we will see a bit later in this post. I was reminded of the importance of these search terms when I was contacted recently about my post that mentioned Miracle Fruits – the company that makes them, Miracle Fruit World, has offered me a free pack of large miracle fruits for writing a review of the ones I have once I’ve tried them. I’m quite excited about this really, it feels like winning a competition I didn’t even enter! Anyway, expect a review of the Miracle Frooties soon
My blog can be quite eclectic at times. Although I generally posts about psychology, mental health, and being a student, occasionally I post about something random or personal and those things seem to come up regularly in the search terms too.
I have had a number of people come to this site looking for more information on the Level 3 NVQ in Mental Health Work. To those people I say this: go for it, and good Luck! More and more mental health employers seem to be asking for this qualification so it really does open door, and even without that it is something that shines on your CV. Not to mention how much you benefit personally from the skills you learn on the course! If anyone would like to talk to me about my experience of the course please feel free to contact me. As I write this I haven’t finished the course yet though!
I also seem to get a lot of hits about split brain patients and the Sperry experiment. I’m pleasantly surprised by this one actually, I get a few hits every week for that post! (note to self: write more about split brain!)
My post about catathrenia has generated some interest too, with people searching for understanding or solutions. I’m afraid I can provide neither here but there are some great websites around that help.
Equally my posts about Stanley Milgram, Bibb and Latane and the diffusion of responsibility, Kitty Genovese, and A Man Without Words have all generated regular hits. I just hope that anyone searching for these things found my posts interesting!
Drifting to the weird, I’m not entirely sure how I got ten hits for “blue tack”. This is one of those moments where I literally have no idea what made Google put my blog on the search results, or why anyone would then click through to my blog!
EDIT: I have since realised that this was a reference to my post on my Forensic security induction.
Because of my writing about graphology I get many hits from people looking for information or examples of handwriting linked to schizophrenia, psychosis, and OCD. I was a little surprised, though, to see someone search for “all American handwriting” I really don’t know what this person expected to find!
I also wonder what made Google send people who had searched for “how to fail your degree” to my blog. Five times! Hey Google! What are you trying to say?!
Then there are those that make me giggle. Like “anatomy of a couch” which conjures some very strange images, and fits well with another search term “what do you call the couch in psychology?”
Another term that brings some fantastic images to mind is “iceberg and ducks flapping furiously” – I can help but wonder exactly how an iceberg flaps, furiously or otherwise!
I’m not entirely sure what the person who searched for “studying = school dying” or “study equal to student dying” or “study + student dying” was looking for, but as I approach my exams I find myself empathising with any sentence that equates studying with dying.
I have to give respect to the web-surfer who came to my blog attempting to understand a “psychologists head”. A brave task to undertake indeed!
To the person searching for “blank social security card template” I’m not sure why you are looking for that, and I think I would rather keep it that way! Needless to say this is not the place for your identity fraud shopping needs!
“side by side diagram of a brain that suffers mental addiction and one that doesn’t” has got me stumped. What is a mental addiction?
On a more serious note, to the person who searched “I am scared of messing up new relationships”, don’t worry – everyone feels that! If you think your worry is disproportionate or if you are convinced that you have sabotaged relationships in the past, there are things you can do. This is one of the few instances where I would recommend CBT, which you can guide yourself through with a good book. This will, hopefully, help you be more objective in your judgements and more aware of your behaviour and any repeating patterns. Good luck, and don’t stress too much. When the right person comes along you won’t be able to ruin it!
To “let down by therapist” I offer my sympathies. I hope whatever it was that happened did not damage the relationship you have built with your therapist too much and you have been able to work through it. Or, if there were a complete ****, I hope you dropped them and have found someone better!
Onto another therapist issue: “how to open up to therapist” – I can only suggest that this will take time, quite possibly a very long time (months), especially if you have hidden things inside for protection before. While “getting to know you” games, and what I call sideways communication (via written messages, drawing, that kind of thing) can help, this is entirely personal so something that is fantastic for one person may be useless and horrible to the next.
Also the person who searched “no self confidence”, I completely get where you are coming from. Nowadays I keep reminding myself of some motivational phrases that have helped me -
“Everything I Need Is Within Me Now! I CAN CONQUER THIS!” – Action Jackson
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” ― Christian D. Larson
You are a single point that spawns infinite possibilities, you have infinite potential. You are amazing simply for existing, relish that! And good luck
Finally there is the disturbing. What on earth “women dead on sofa” was intended to uncover I dare not ask! But somehow even that pales next to “porno urologist”, “endoscopy porn” and “urethra torture”. While I know why google has led these searches here (my writing about my own medical adventures), it serves as a reminder that there are people out there who are into just about anything you can imagine – on matter how weird or freaky, or just plain wrong it may seem to the rest of us!
Anyway, I hope you have found this as interesting as I have. It has certainly given me lots of ideas for new posts! For the web admins and bloggers reading this: what are the weirdest search terms you’ve had on your site?