Server Logs and the Strange Way People Find My Pages

Every so often I look at my webserver logs to see by what means people happen to find pages on my web server. It's particularly interesting to look at the web searches that bring people to random blog pages and the like, and it can sometimes be quite amusing just to see the variety.

As one might expect, many of the searches that bring people here are related to my book (since the book's web site is also on this server). There are also a fair number of searches on my name, which are probably book-related as well.

The amusing ones, though, are generally related to a blog post, since I've written about such a variety of random topics over the last year. Here are a few of the searches I see in the log over the last day or so, and the pages they ended up on:

Search Text Someone UsedBlog Post They Landed On
hospital infant nose sucker Essentials for a first-time parent
dell computer beeps many times while running How to Waste a Lot of Time in Two Weeks (or More)
10 ways to raise a child korean How To Raise a Bilingual Child
what are these dotted lines on my GPS Thoughts on my Garmin GPSmap 60CS (GPS unit)
Nikon D200 buy london Got my D200!
Japanese scooter license test answers The Fun of a Japanese Driver's License Test
raising children bilingually in germany How To Raise a Bilingual Child
nikon store in kyoto Got my D200!
sound of d200 shutter My trip to see the Nikon D200
bilingual child blog How To Raise a Bilingual Child
infant seat in audi a4 Shame on Audi for not having LATCH points
buy tylenol suppositories Essentials for a first-time parent
Lifetime United flight miles I Really Don't Care to Fly
japanese post cards Working on our Nengajou (Japanese New-Year Cards) and Christmas Cards
how do I turn off the beep sound coming from the system box of my PC How to Waste a Lot of Time in Two Weeks (or More)
driver's licence in japanese The Fun of a Japanese Driver's License Test
test transcend cf 120x Timing another Transcend card, a 120x card this time
How to speak to the president How To Speak Like A President
bakery school malaysia More Thoughts on Malaysia
The problem with Starbucks What's the problem with Starbucks?
dust buster recommendation Vacuum Recommendation: Mitsubishi Cordless Tascal

There are plenty more, but you get the idea. It's a whole potpourri of random stuff. As I mentioned, there are also plenty of searches on my name. I often wonder why someone's searching for me, but, alas, the reasons behind someone's search is not in my log files.

Anyway, I saw a search today that brought a smile to my face. Here's the search text:

Question Jeffrey Friedl asked at the May 2003 shareholder meeting

Ah, it's nice to be rememberd. 🙂

The story about this is the subject of my next post.

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

“hospital infant nose sucker”

Heh, heh — that must have been great fun to type into a search engine.

— comment by Sam on March 31st, 2006 at 9:37am JST (18 years ago) comment permalink

haha nice post. Even though this is quite old. I see you are a Nikon user. I’d be interested to see what kind of photos you take in Kyoto. I shoot with a D80 in Tokyo by the way. Some of my photos have been added to my flickr gallery.

— comment by Yoshi on September 12th, 2007 at 12:01am JST (16 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

ha,,i was using “marathon” into a search engine and finally landed on your blog

— comment by Adit on September 2nd, 2008 at 3:58pm JST (15 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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