Welcome to a new series! The WordPress.com software that runs BCC tabulates detailed statistics on traffic to this site. One thing it shows is what search queries led readers to BCC each day. Aside from the usual top traffic terms (“bycommonconsent” “by common consent” etc), there are always miscellaneous surprises. Sometimes, these search queries can spark ideas for a post, because they afford a window onto the topics our readers are wondering about and what questions they have. For example, here is an issue that one of our readers needs guidance on:
is arby’s jamocha shake against word of wisdom
As soon as I saw this on the list, I knew the BCC community needed to help this reader find the information they require. My research led me to this listing of the ingredients in Arby’s Jamocha shake. Alas, I see “instant coffee” on the list. However, one BCC perma has invoked a “spoon” rule–that it doesn’t violate the WoW as long as you eat it with a spoon (see also: Tiramisu, according to some). Readers, do you have any thoughts on this issue? What about related products such as Starbucks Frappuccino? Does it make a difference if it is in a bottle or made fresh at the store? Coffee flavored ice cream? Coffee cake? According to our site stats, inquiring minds want to know!
About this series:
As I said in the introduction, there are many interesting things that come up in our search stats. Some of them are important issues (today we got a few hits on “succession crisis”), and some of them are about Arby’s. Many of them make me wonder why on earth Google or Bing would send somebody to BCC with that query. For example, I did write that one post about Glee’s “Klaine”, but it is surprising that one post would make BCC the authority on it. (Maybe WaPo is right–we are taking over the internet!.) Ditto “capitalism”–I’m sure we’ve written some about that, but we’re no Marginal Revolution. Sometimes it seems like Google isn’t even trying. Come on, Google, there HAS to be a better place somewhere on the internet to send people who search for “torpedo cleavage.” Given the volume of noteworthy search queries, look for future episodes of the series to highlight more of these important issues culled from the stats.