You think you have an idea of what people will connect with in a blog like this since it’s specifically geared to the F words of midlife. Forties. Fifties. Friends and family. Feelings that can be Frantic or Fabulous.
When Mindy and I first started talking about launching Women Overboard! we spent almost 24 hours straight tossing around ideas and concepts during a visit last fall.
Some of our thoughts were light hearted, some pure heartache. All an integral and necessary part of what makes us who we are at this stage of life. So, in time we will try to cover it all.
Response has been amazing, In fact, when WordPress sent us our end-of-the-year analysis they put us in the category of “Wow.” How awesome! More than 2,500 hits in just four months for a little blog that came out of nowhere.
But I have news for you. The most prolific number of hits continue to roll in on a daily basis, from all over the world, for one mindless little post I wrote on a down day about …. smiley faces.
It’s now a game to check into the site stats in the morning to see what unusual combination of words related to smiley faces — and others that have absolutely nothing to do with smileys — still seem to connect to that fated post.
The whole phenomenon has Mindy pulling out her hair while I think it’s hilarious. And I know full well that by publishing this post, it will probably start all over again! I’d better duck.
Here are some of the normal terms people have used to find us related to this genre: Yellow faces, cool smiley faces, happy faces emotions, and mass embarrassment smiley. There are non smiley face, text smiley symbols pictures, and emoticony face.
Then in the weird category are: funny pic of dudes on facebook, overboard bones, dan barry, (!) and one of my favorites, christmas mushroom felicitation.
But through it all, one search term –gülen yüzler — kept eluding me as it popped up repeatedly. What the hell is that? I mused.
Today I looked it up in a language translator. I just had to know. And learned it means smiley face in Turkish! And that made me smile! How about you, Mindy?