July 25, 2003

Some Search Engine Phrases

that have directed people to this weblog (by frequency of hits):

*invisible adjunct
*university of phoenix brand recognition
*status anxiety
*the academic job market sucks
*phds underemployed
*thomas h. benton
*steal this university
*too much education and ph.d. and over-educated and job
*professor jokes
*getting a job after being an adjunct is it possible
*abuse of adjuncts
*confessions of a loser
*adjunct misery
*college textbook professor kickbacks
*intelligent system to handle lecturer to teach the subject in next semester
*professors scam academic
*grape picking job 2003 italy
*ridicule him with keywords from individual websites paranoia
*marriage versus graduate school
*proper grammar - it makes no difference to me

I am shocked and deeply concerned: proper grammar does make a difference to me.

But I wonder if I could connect all of the above into a coherent narrative, using the phrases in the order in which they occur?

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at July 25, 2003 10:29 PM

Hard to decide whether to be amused or saddened, isn't it?

For some reason, this one just cracks me up: ridicule him with keywords from individual websites paranoia

Posted by: Rana at July 26, 2003 12:21 PM

I've decided to be amused rather than saddened. And I have no idea what that search phrase means, or how it led someone to my site. Also, I don't remember saying anything about a grape picking job in Italy, but perhaps this is a career option I should look into.

Posted by: Invisible Adjunct at July 26, 2003 12:59 PM

Aren't these logs endlessly interesting? Disturbing Search Requests (http://searchrequests.weblogs.com/) is now one my favorite time-wasting sites.

Posted by: askpang at July 28, 2003 02:41 AM

I particularly enjoy trying to figure out what combination of posts made my blog meet a given search's criteria. "Lifejacket bondage" (and yes, disturbingly, there are several sites referencing just that, for real) stumped me for a while, then I realized that if you have "Another Lifejacket, Please!" and add a link to "Wealth Bondage," well, there you go!

(I had the slightly weird realization that my reading mind often works just like that -- I'll skim over something quickly, something weird will catch my eye, and then I spend several minutes trying to find it, only to discover I'd combined words from two entirely different sentences.)

Posted by: Rana at July 28, 2003 01:25 PM