Wednesday, September 20, 2006

this is not a true tale

...but who needs truth if it's dull?

Actually it *is* true. AND dull, so I've got that going for me.

I get more hits on this blog from people searching for "Oliver Twist" than from any other single reason.
Recently, I've been getting a number of hits from people in Spanish-speaking countries looking for Oliver Twist. Not sure why.

I read that the most commonly spoken languages in the world are:
Mandarin
Spanish
English
Isn't that interesting.

Anyway, bienvenidos, amigos. Que disfruten este blog. Favor de dejar unos comentarios, para que sepamos quienes son Uds.

Okay, then.

11 Comments:

At Wed Sep 20, 08:58:00 AM PDT, Blogger unca said...

Interesting. You do use the word "twist" in one of your posts on breast feeding but no "oliver" that I can find. Can you tell which search engine these requests are coming from (google? google blog search?).

 
At Wed Sep 20, 10:44:00 AM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

google, i think.
it's because when i linked to a picture of an "urchin", i chose a picture from the latest movie version of Oliver Twist...

 
At Wed Sep 20, 05:16:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a newbie blogger you need to tell me how you divine such information from your blog. I am wondering what special search strings point to my fledgling blog.

 
At Wed Sep 20, 06:38:00 PM PDT, Blogger Alan said...

Hey Bryan, I've had a sudden increase in hits due to searches as well.

 
At Wed Sep 20, 08:55:00 PM PDT, Blogger gnightgirl said...

The search that gets the most hits for my blog is "Russian Oil Pulling Therapy." I read about a procedure involving sucking oil in and out of your teeth for 20 minutes. Wrote a little "isn't that disgusting?" blog, and it now brings me more hits than any other search.

 
At Thu Sep 21, 09:25:00 AM PDT, Anonymous si said...

4 yrs of high school spanish and some odd amount of years prior to that, and i understood about 50% of what you wrote... the spanish-part, i mean. (sure this doesn't surprise you.)

 
At Thu Sep 21, 06:43:00 PM PDT, Blogger mamacita said...

Hey, Bryan. I was just intrigued by the "oliver twist" reference because I just bought the unabridged audio CD. I'm about one third of the way through. Is it ever good!!! I got a bad start with Dickend in 8th grade when we had to read Great Expectations, but I love Oliver Twist. Much Love, Mamacita

 
At Thu Sep 21, 09:14:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mamacita, unlike you, I thought Great Expectations was the greatest thing ever! In fact, just a few years ago when I was on a rampage to lose weight, I listened to it with headphones while I walked the treadmill every night for several miles. I think it was something like 36 cassettes or thereabouts! Also read it in book form in school.

 
At Thu Sep 21, 09:34:00 PM PDT, Blogger Twisted DNA said...

I always thought the order is: Mandarian, English, HIndi and Spanish. I googled for it, looks like the opinion is divided.
http://anthro.palomar.edu/language/language_1.htm
http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/toptens/languages/languages3.html
and so on...

Now I am totally confused!

 
At Fri Sep 22, 02:07:00 PM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

thx for comments.

extrem4, to get hit stats, i put sitemeter on my blog. i don't remember how i did it, but i think u can google it or look on blogger.com...

twisted, i kind of wondered about hindi when i read that. something like a billion Indians, that's got to be a lot of hindi speakers...

i felt the same as mamacita when i read GE (That's G-R-A-T-E Expectations, also by Edmund Wells...) in school -- i felt the "expectations" part was the expectation that something interesting might someday happen in the story, or that a character might appear that i liked, rather than wishing -- in the words of Mark Twain -- "that they'd all get drowned together".

si, if u practice pulling oil thru your teeth, the spanish will come easier...

 
At Sun Sep 24, 02:02:00 AM PDT, Blogger Happy Mask Saleswoman said...

I know what it says!
It says, "welcome, friends. something something this blog. please leave some comments, so that we might know who you are."

Isn't my Spanish good? No thanks to you.

 

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