Friday, June 23, 2006

Semi-logical Statistics of a Non-Statistician!

This is going to be another one of those random type of posts! I'm sitting here with my cup of tea, and I was wondering what on earth I was going to post on today (my life does seem to contain situations and conversations that I'd just love to mention here - but confidentiality, as well as respect for the people involved won't allow me to do that)!
There was my son's birthday yesterday for example - I am now the (not that old!!) mum of a 15 year old... but that was his special day and I like to keep his life away from my blog. (He already has to contend with having a minister for a mum (ie. someone who preaches). Not that long ago we were having a conversation about the fact that I wanted to mention him (something he'd said or done) in a sermon (I was asking permission)... So my little gem starts negotiating a fee for each time he's mentioned... and was trying to get a fiver a throw!! (It's looking promising for his hoped-for degree/career in Business!). But moving on - as all that was by way of saying that I wasn't going to talk about him!

Anyway, I thought I'd have a little look back over the first couple of months of this Teapot blog (the virtual blogging world still being fairly new and only discovered by me in March). I had a look back to see which of the posts got the most comments etc... thus creating a psychological profile of Teapot readers (only joking!). So, for anyone else out there who is in the least bit interested, here are some random observations on the life of Chelley's Teapot from its first 3.5 months of existence, brought to you by a non-statistician:

The very first post - which was one of those pretty typical, "Er hello, I've got a blog, I don't really know what to say (not much changed there then!) but here's a picture of my lovely yellow teapot" type posts - actually got one comment. Admittedly it was a comment by someone who I suspect was providing themselves with a link to their own blog, but it was an exciting start!

The 11 posts after that got nothing, nil, rien... no blip on the cyber radar... yes, even the ones about Chas n Dave, Trumpton and Dinnerladies... I mean, come on, how could you contain yourselves and not comment on such legends? (Well not so much Chas n Dave as legends, but don't you just love 'Gertcha'?!)

The most Googled (that is arrived at through a google search) two posts on the blog (according to my impression having regularly checked my SiteMeter, rather than according to proper counting!) are 'Diary of a Church Mouse' and 'The Temple Curtain'. I have no idea though if those who were directed here found what they were looking for as neither of these posts has any comments! (The link I provided with Diary of a Church Mouse to John Betjeman's recording is well used though).

I suspect that the most disappointed Googler is possibly the person who came by today looking for "Find Rihanna clothing line worn in SOS". My apologies that the Teapot will be no bloomin' use to you whatsoever - but I do love the song!

The comments did start to pick up a little bit after a while... and the two posts with the most comments (8 each, which includes my own comment/reply) were 'Hits and Linkeage' which was a '38 days old' blog anniversary post mainly about Technorati confusion and thanking my first linkers for linking here. And the other was the one about my wonderful, marvellous, shiny purple DM boots (which have also found some support on the Ship of Fools discussion boards too!).

You are such gracious people out there clearly - as none of the 5 comments on the 'Mulberry House' post made any reference to the picture of me inelegantly sprawled on my backside! I don't know that I could have been so kind!

I noticed that there are only a couple of posts about Spurs or football in general... which I know at least Neil will be pleased about... but I don't imagine I'll be able to get through the World Cup without saying something about it - even if it's just to post some pictures of me in my assorted England hats!!

Right, that'll do for now... I was going to declare my favourite posts but I've got brain-ache and can't be bothered!
Thanks for reading :)

Add-on: Actually the Rihanna search was a Yahoo one not Google, but that doesn't really have the same ring to it as 'disappointed Googler' now does it?!


At June 25, 2006 9:03 pm, Anonymous solevoice said...

Hello Michelle,

Do keep posting - I love it but I do have a feeling that you must owe your son some royalities for his quick mention in your post!

Best Wishes,


At June 26, 2006 11:08 pm, Anonymous Lorna said...

disappointed yahooer ... ?

waiting to see the hats !!!

Lorna (another RevGal)

At June 27, 2006 9:45 am, Anonymous Michelle said...

SV: Yes, the 'I'm not going to mention him' turned into something of a mention! Oh well, he's had 15 years to put up with me now... and most of the time he's happy not to trade me in!

Lorna: Thanks for your comments, lovely to hear from you! And yes, the hats... I'll get right onto it :)


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