Can’t beet that post.
I’ve been scanning some of the statistics that the software collects on my blog — number of posts, number of visitors, etc. The most-visited page for 2009 was the schedule, which is nice. Too bad it’s a schedule I’d really rather not keep, but it’s nice of all of you to look. (Note: I don’t know who is visiting, just general numbers.)
What I found most interesting is the post that got at least one visitor per day: How to make beets taste good. Apparently many people have a great deal of trouble with beets.
Most people who click on the beet post arrive here through a Google search. Quite often they use the exact phrase “how to make beets taste good,” but the terms vary and include searches for recipes like “how can I make beets taste good?” philosophical questions like “can beets taste good?” and a phrase that I can only think of as coming from someone who has a God complex, “how to make beets.”
[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=beet&iid=2869914″ src=”4/a/f/2/Beet_Pullers_d704.jpg?adImageId=9974038&imageId=2869914″ width=”234″ height=”181″ /]Many of the search terms bring up questions in my mind. For example, did the person who searched on the command “make beets taste good” hope for a chef to magically hop out of his or her computer and suddenly make beets taste good. And who was the person who searched on “beets taste good”? I imagine some sort of ancient beet farmer — a primitive Dwight Shrute predecessor — throwing out his core belief in the benefits of beets for the modern world.
“Beets taste good,” says Og Shrute.
“Okaaaay,” says Google. “Better send you to Jill’s blog.”
So, there ya go. Beets are a mega-hit on Google and they’re good for you. Have a nice beet salad and enjoy your day.