As the saying goes, “Be careful of what you wish for, since you may get it.” Previously I have prayed that the great Google God would grace me with a multitude of hits, allowing me to know that my weblog labors are bearing fruit in the garden of the blogosphere.
And now, ever since Google Images indexed some photos that I included in a “The Tao of Paris Hilton” post, my Google cup runneth over. Whereas previously daily visitors to HinesSight typically numbered in the hundreds, now my weblog statistics reveal that it is in the thousands—today, over eight thousand, most of them interested in an image of Paris and Nicole provocatively posing with a pole.
I’m happy to be providing so many people with something they want. Which, clearly, isn’t my profound musings about Greek philosophy or the other posts where I reveal how the mysteries of the universe appear to my HinesSight vision. Google and the other search engines reveal what humanity is actually interested in, not the high-minded and largely hypocritical assertions that we publicly proclaim.
“Man seeking woman for long walks on the beach at sunset.” Yeah, right.
I am not asking for the Google God to withdraw her blessings. Yet I do miss the days when I could peruse my Typepad statistics and see the full range of what led visitors to this weblog. Now I click from page to page on the referral list and observe a endless stream of “images.google.com/imgres,” the link leading to the much-desired Paris Hilton photo.
On the plus side, my sense of being connected to the international community—more precisely, the community of Paris Hilton-obsessed human beings, many of whom are female, judging from weblog comments—soars as I scan the countries the Google image search originated from: Italy, France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, and many others.
We are one world when it comes to interest in Paris Hilton. Now I must turn my Google prayers to making the world interested more metaphysically in how to “Return to the One.”