Monday, May 09, 2005

Meta-Blogging and Stalker Songs

So, I signed up for Sitemeter, and now I'm a woman obsessed: checking out the traffic, the referrals, looking at the charts to see how my traffic compares over different days. I signed up for it last Saturday, but I wish I'd signed up a week earlier, before my infamous Prada post, which brought fifteen comments (my new record!). The thing is that, a week ago when I just wrote about fonduing and messing up invitations, I had 56 readers! That blows my mind, especially when I saw that there was a wide variety of people visiting. I am reminded, again, of the WKRP episode when Johnny Fever discovers that he has listeners (he encouraged his listeners to dump their garbage on the steps of city hall, and hundreds of people did so), and promptly gets stage fright. When you become aware that you have readers, how do you resist the urge to write for your readers, or to increase traffic? It's hard not to name-drop, just in order to get Google hits.

Speaking of which, here are some amusing discoveries I've made since signing up with Sitemeter:
  • I get an oddly large number of visitors who are looking for photos of Margaret Atwood. How many soulmates can one girl have?
  • No one blogs on the weekend, everyone on Mondays and Thursday. I am no exception. Neither are my readers.
  • Today, someone found me by Googling the phrase "songs to stalk by." This makes me so happy, but also reminds me to get started on Karl and my dream mix CD, with that aforementioned title. Full title: "Songs To Stalk By: A Soundtrack For a Lifestyle."

Speaking of the dream CD, maybe you guys can help out Karl and me. For a couple of years, we've been brainstorming (off and on) about a mix CD that would include songs that, if you really think about it, sound really stalkerly. The classic, as mentioned recently by Ariann, is "Every Breath You Take" by Sting and the Police. But there is also "I Will Follow Him," and that creepy "Right Before Your Eyes" song where the man imagines he's Rudolph Valentino and the other woman who rides the bus is Greta Garbo. Oh, and "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" by the Temptations. We have more, but I can't remember, and we never write it down. So, I'll throw it out to the audience: recommendations? For a secondary soundtrack, how about songs that are about really unhealthy relationships? (Such as "Sometimes When We Touch (the honesty's too much)" by Dan Hill).

These sorts of things amuse me.


Anonymous said...

Seriously, Margaret Atwood is the scariest looking Canadian author of all time. Canada definitely known for its beautiful landscape, not people.
Hmmm. Songs to stalk by. That creepy Clay Aiken song where he talks about hiding in the girls bedroom. Um... yikes!? I forget what it's called, though.

justanothergirl said...

may i recommend 'i don't want to know' by the donnas? it starts out with 'i know where you live yeah / and i wanna live there too'...and just gets creepier. c'mon! they even talk about restraining orders. the song is all about the stalking. and i was taking notes the whole time i listened to it. watch your shrubery miss your shrubs. but not for me since i'm in ontario. i mean for ky. she loves the shrubs.

Anonymous said...

It's true. I do. Ask anyone.

Life of Turner said...

You forgot about "Private Eyes" by Hall and Oates ("Private eyes...are watching you"). I also recommend other Reagan-era hits "Infatuation" by Rod Stewart and "Private Dancer" by Tina Turner. Why does it appear that there was a preponderance of songs about stalking in the early 80s? Can anyone tell me?

Derek out.

Meg Persson said...

"Crash" by Dave Matthews is about a guy watching a girl through her window. "Hike up your skirt a little more, and show the world to me.. in a boy's dream." Very creepy.


LynnieC said...

The song Ky is trying to think of by Clay Aiken is "Invisible". And we also thought of Living Room by Tegan and Sara. "My window looks into your bathroom and I spend the evening watching you get yourself clean." A little creepy. AND a good song. It has banjo.
And in "Private Dancer" isn't she "dancing for money"? That doesn't say stalker, that says hooker. I could be wrong. I'm probably not as up on my Tina Turner trivia as Derek seems to be.

Life of Turner said...

It is true that she is "dancing for money," and that does imply hooker instead of stalker. I just thought you could stretch it to refer to stalking. I guess I'm wrong.

Derek out.

Omar said...

Hi, I have been reading your blog for about two months now and had never seen anything about Margaret Atwood on your site until this post. I love Atwood. It's not her appearance that frigthens/amuses me, it's her poetry. She can put such an insane spin on some of the simpler things in life.

Resist the temptation to write to a larger audience! I love your blog as it is.

Anonymous said...

My favorite stalker song is "Lily (My One and Only)" by Smashing Pumpkins. A straight up stalker song and excellent overall.