Thank God for Gas Pumps

24 Sep

All of us bloggers like to look at our stats. At least, I assume all of us bloggers like to look at our stats. I know that I do, anyway. It’s not like I look at them all of the time. Wait, I do look at them often, but that’s not the point of this post. The point of this post is to point out an anomalous point in the stats. I have pointed it out before but feel the need to point it out again.

One of my earlier posts, The Problem With Gas Pumps, completely dominates this blog. In fact, it makes up 17% of the total page views in the SBI universe and outnumbers the next 30 posts combined. Undoubtedly, some of its popularity is due to the excellent writing exemplified by the post. However, I believe most of the popularity comes from the fact that it includes this picture:

This picture drives more page views than a topless picture of a princess.

Don’t believe that gas pumps dominate? Here are the top 15 search terms for Surrounded by Imbeciles.

1. gas pumps

2. gas pump

3. gasoline pump

4. pictures of gas pumps

5. josey wales

6. gasoline pumps

7. dumas brothel

8. mount rushmore conspiracy theories

9. outlaw josey wales

10. pump gas

11. picture of gas pumps

12. the outlaw josey wales

13. images of gas pumps

14. gas pump image

15. picture of a gas pump

The only things that bust the monopoly are people looking for old prostitutes; people looking for hidden meanings in stone-faced presidents; and, people who are fans of Clint Eastwood’s best movie.

Bloggin’ ain’t much of a livin’ boy.

In honor of The Problem With Gas Pumps and to gratuitously promote other posts, I present the ten posts that are eating the most dust.

Victorian Brothelese – There are the whores that people are looking for.

Greetings and Salutations – You can always count on the About page.

Dirty Deeds and Thunder Chief – My ode to lyrics that people mess up.

Movie Wisdom – Burt Reynolds Edition – Watch some Burt Reynolds movies. It will make you smarter.

A Requiem for Josey Wales – “To Hell with them fellas. Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.”

The Good, the Bad, and the Presidential – There is more bad than good in this post.

It’s a Conspiracy – If you think things aren’t as they seem, then read this post.

John Wayne and Edgar Allan Poe – What? You didn’t know poetry could be learned from a John Wayne movie?

Memories of a Day in September – My thoughts on the anniversary of 9/11.

A Totally Not Funny Account of My Trip to New Orleans – It’ll make you cry.

15 Responses to “Thank God for Gas Pumps”

  1. sj September 24, 2012 at 01:39 #

    I think we met cos of that Josey Wales post. ^.^

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 24, 2012 at 02:14 #

      I reckon so.

  2. Madame Weebles September 24, 2012 at 01:47 #

    I wonder, what is it about gas pumps that people are so interested in? That’s very odd. Lately my blog has been getting search terms for people who are presumably trying to get rid of weevils, but they’re caling them weebles instead. This country is going to hell in a handbasket.

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 24, 2012 at 02:15 #

      Ha. What city is it that has a statue of a boll weevil? I can’t remember. Maybe you will inspire a statue of a Weeble.

  3. Manu Kurup September 24, 2012 at 09:27 #

    The Problem with Gas Pumps was the first post I read in your blog.
    I also have some posts that I wrote before I learned how to do the tagging and publicizing stuff. Have no idea whether I should re-post them or not. 🙂
    Loved the search terms and the connection made.

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 24, 2012 at 12:44 #

      Thanks. No one looked at gas pumps for a long time. Then, it exploded. I’ve learned a lot about blogging since I wrote that one.

  4. Love & Lunchmeat September 24, 2012 at 17:19 #

    I’m going to have to look and see what my second most popular post was.

    Are you an E.B. White fan or that was just the first thing that popped to mind?

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 25, 2012 at 02:23 #

      The only work I am familiar with is Charlotte’s Web. What made you think about E.B. White?

      • Love & Lunchmeat September 25, 2012 at 02:39 #

        Greetings and Salutations is from Charlotte’s Web.

      • surroundedbyimbeciles September 25, 2012 at 02:42 #

        It must have been stored in the back of my mind somewhere. I apologize for being literary illiterate.

  5. John S September 24, 2012 at 23:23 #

    Was it on Freshly Pressed? When I had a post on FP (my Air Guitar top ten) I got 7000 hits in four days. I got very excited! Now I’m back to around 20-30 a day – which I’m really pleased with – but I still get at least 1 or 2 air guitar hits a day.

    • surroundedbyimbeciles September 25, 2012 at 02:25 #

      I wondered about that, but I don’t believe it was. I’m thinking that people are really interested in gas pumps for some reason. I found your blog through that air guitar post.

      • John S September 25, 2012 at 11:36 #

        Yes I remember that – and likewise, I found yours, which I always enjoy!

  6. October 2, 2012 at 14:57 #

    Maybe people are trying to find the closest gas pump? Not sure. Bizarre though. My weirdest search term for my blog so far: “interactive bulletin boards on eggs.”

    • surroundedbyimbeciles October 2, 2012 at 18:29 #

      It’s strange what people type into search engines. Thanks for reading my blog and commenting.

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