There is a matter which has been puzzling me for over
five years now - not overly bothering me, simply one of
those things that, every month whilst checking my web
site visitor figures I think, 'I must find out the reason
I look at my server log, I can see the search strings
which people type into the various engines before arriving
at Wyenot.com, e.g.. 'ross on wye'. The top strings are
always quite obvious ones such as, 'ross on wye, wye valley,
wye valley news' etc. but there is just one string which
has been appearing in the top ten most popular for five
years now and which has puzzled me since the very beginning.
It is a 'Google' search, apparently for the letter 'b'
- all by itself.
don't know if it because I ran out of tea and drank a
mug of coffee this morning (horrible French idea - I believe
they eat slugs, snails and frog's legs too) and the different
caffeine levels made my brain more alert but somehow,
I twigged it today - and without even having to think
are not searching for a solitary letter 'b'. They are
searching for 'b&b' and my server log is ignoring
both the ampersand and the second 'b' when reporting the
well - they do say you learn something new every day!
few people have recently suggested to me, 'Why don't you
put a community message board on Wyenot.com?'
here's the answer. I did. Back in the halcyon days of
the summer of 2001 I added a community message board which
people could fill in without my having to edit what they
wrote and this is where the problems began. People could
write what the wished, anonymously, and they did. It
is amazing what people will write if they think they are
doing so anonymously.
board was getting very full of people trying to trace
one particular business in town, with which I had no connection
but against which it seemed the world and his wife held
a grudge. Whether their feelings about this business were
valid or not, I have no idea but I did not wish to become
involved and this was one of the reasons I removed it.
The other was that I had to consider costs and so hosted
it on an American web server, which suddenly began to
shove pop-up ads for casinos onto the screens of viewers
and I found this very tacky.
back to that 'community message board;' one of the very
first comments somebody typed was: 'I
am offended because you have made no mention of lesbians
on your web site!' (or words to that effect.)
may not particularly like coffee but I am not in the least
bit racist. I will cover any topic (excluding politics)
on Wyenot.com or Wyenot News, providing it has some local
relevance. The reason I had not covered the topic of 'lesbians'
is because I know nothing about the Lesbia - other than
that I believe the people who live there are a particularly
happy crowd. Should something happen there which is of
genuine newsworthy relevance to Ross-on-Wye, I will willingly
visit and take a photo for Wyenot News - providing somebody
else pays the air fare.