The 100 Posts

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One of the more interesting things about writing a blog like this is that you get a fairly detailed statistical breakdown of what people read. I am closing in on the 100th post since I started Manic Tapas last September. I think that’s a healthy number given the fact that I can often be the human equivalent of a three-toed sloth. A few of you may have read every single one of those 100 posts. God bless your little pea-pickin’ hearts! I wish I could give you a cookie or something. Even my wife isn’t that loyal.

Do you know which of those 100 topics has been read most frequently? Of course you don’t, but I do. Of all the scintillating titles I’ve put up here it’s Nylon, Pantyhose and Horses that has had the most views. Nylon, Pantyhose and Horses is my account of an 85 mile cattle-drive that took me from Ashcroft to Kamloops, British Columbia way back in 1992. It remains the single most painful and rewarding documentary experience in my close to 35 years of producing television.

Why is this my most popular read? Part of the hook, of course, is in the title. People who are looking for information on the subjects of nylon, pantyhose and horses all got here from different routes. They probably Googled each of those terms and it led them here. Some simply stayed and read what I wrote. Others must have been terribly disappointed. There really isn’t much info on horses. There’s even less on the development of nylon.  And if you got here by exploring the topic of pantyhose…well, let’s just say, you could have had any number of motives.

What is clear is that there is a tremendous interest in the wild west lifestyle. I know that because WordPress also tells me which other search engine terms have landed people on this blog. A very high number of those searches involved cowboys and cowgirls, boots , mules , John Wayne…you name it.

So, apparently, if you want to start writing and have people pay attention to what you write you can do a lot worse than focusing on the subject of saddles. Just remember to throw some pantyhose in there, once in a while,  for good measure.

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