So I know I’ve been stretching the definition of faux pas lately. You’ll have to forgive me; it is just my way.
This week’s installment is also a stretch, but it seems somehow fitting.
One of the snazzy features of my blog platform (WordPress) is that it shows what search terms led people here.
Some of the results are understandable, but some, quite surprising – all the way to downright dirty. (Really, there are a couple of X-rated searches that I cannot in all conscience share with you).
Now I know it is partly my own fault. I have, after all, written about questionable massage parlors and women wearing no pants. My defense is that I’m just reporting the facts; this really is my (somewhat odd) life!
Below are a few searches that have somehow brought people to paris (im)perfect. Dedicated readers will be able to match key words to blog posts. Some searches, though, seem way open to interpretation. Enjoy!
1) kissing faux pax
2) starving artists in Paris
3) good gynecologist in Paris
4) women with no pants
5) massage by men for men in Paris
6) flying kiss boy (um, excuse me?)
7) nothing but nylons
8 ) beautiful flamenco dancer
9) bars le Paris
10) lazy French people (for the record, I’ve never said anything of the sort!)
11) typical weekend
12) pharmacist pick up lines
13) blowhorns (again…what?)
14) grammar “checking in on you”
15) choree-zoe cone way-voz (I have nothing to say to this)
I think these searches not only call into question just what kind of blog I’m keeping here (way too many ‘no pants’ searches), but even more so, what are these people actually looking for? Flying kiss boy, for example. Anyone?
Now one search did seem quite highbrow: “Diane Johnson Elizabeth Hawes.” Two award-winning writers.
When I googled this myself, it turns out my Camus post came up number 2 on the results page!
But then I started to wonder: What’s the intention behind the search? What do they find?
I went back to my post and read with new eyes. I noticed that I referred to Hawes and Johnson as a “star pair.” Of course, this was my short-cut for saying “the two famous writers.”
But maybe, just maybe, someone could read this as an insinuation that the two are a couple? (They are not!) Oh, what have I done?
Though, really. Spreading rumors + creating controversy= spikes in traffic. Perhaps this should be my new policy?
Any bloggers have examples of funny searches that have led people to your blog? Anyone have any idea why ‘blowhorns’ or ‘choree-zoe cone’ would lead someone here?
And as always, faux pas examples are always welcome. Maybe you can get me back on track!