Whenever I look at the search terms that people have found my blog with, I can’t help but think of the introduction to the ‘Ultimate Feasts’ chapter in Nigella Lawson’s Feast, in which, for the sake of “pathos, low-rent amusement value and just plain old-fashioned interest”, she details a series of Death Row meal requests, gleaned from the Texas Department of Corrections’ website. On her grim fascination with this list [which includes some poor soul’s request for “One cup of hot tea (from tea bags) and six chocolate chip cookies”] she says that although “of course it was in bad taste – in so many ways – it was also such compelling reading.”
The WordPress search list goes some way to scratching that very particular itch, the desire to look even when you think perhaps that you shouldn’t. The list allows you to be privy, however inconsequentially, however briefly, to somebody else’s ideas and queries; the abridged thought process that they type into the Google search bar. Or at least you think it does. My personal favourites are ‘what font using Bombay Pantry’, ‘westwing couch’ and ‘ellens halloween 2012’.