One of the things that WordPress does with their blogs is tell writers how people ended up at their blog. I suppose this is called “metadata” and if I was really interested in these sorts of things, I could track how many page views came from Facebook, how many from Twitter, and so on.
Over the past few months, I’ve come to realize that most of the traffic to this blog–and I suspect to many others, too–doesn’t come from the words I write. Rather, day in and day out, a significant number of the page views for this site comes from internet images searches, primarily from Google. So today, somebody somewhere typed “Obama with American Flag” into their search bar, hit enter, and the image they got was associated with this piece I wrote about Ted Nugent and the American Way. I didn’t create the picture, but I did find it–probably through a Google images search–and attached it to my own words. And if the image is looked at, and the words I wrote aren’t read, that’s just how it goes in this brave new online world.
But I’m writing this to acknowledge that three people put “Apollo Creed” into a search engine today, and wound up at my blog. No doubt it was because of this piece, written about a trading card released in the mid 1980s, when Rocky IV came out. But it’s all good, because my favorite character from my favorite movie series gets a bit more attention than he otherwise might. May as well throw in a gratuitous link to the James Brown song that inspired the title of this post, while I’m at it.
I feel good!