Search engine ups and downs

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Checking the stats for the site is part of the fun of having one’s own blog.  Recently, something in the mystical world of Internet algorithms had conspired to make search engines put a particular picture from my site, and hence it’s related blog post, near the top of the returns when the term “vacation” was entered.  That drove a lot of hits here, and my counters were getting a bit of a workout.

Well, it appears that conspiracy has ended.  As of a few days ago, the traffic directed here dropped suddenly, and the search term “vacation” hasn’t been showing up in the stats page with anywhere near the frequency of the past few months.  It looks like we’re back to the only visitors being those who are actually interested in my blogging!

Of course, this means I’ll have to work on my postings, both in frequency and content, to see if I can bring the numbers back up to the levels to which I had become accustomed!

iPhone Fun

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Have an iPhone? Here’s a fun way to waste a little time…

Download the Bing application from the App Store.  Open it and press the microphone icon in the upper right hand portion of the screen.  Now say any word or phrase, sit back, and wait to be amused.

I don’t think my phone speaks English!  Some of the things it came up with had me in stitches…  especially when I started saying things like “Visalia, California”.  It got California, but it had no clue and wasn’t even close to “Visalia”.

Anyway, download Bing and have at it.  Oh, and does anyone else find it odd that Bing has an app that was approved by Apple?  Isn’t that a bit going over to the Dark Side-ish?

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