02/06/2006: "I'm a "SUPA STA""
A lot of times when faculty are visiting campus for a job interview I'm asked to give candidates a little tour of our university library, tell them about our resources, maybe have a cup of tea and shoot the shit about Juneau etc. So, the head of the social sciences department brought an Econ candidate by my office and introduced me and the woman said "hey, are you the same Elise with the website?" (she's currently teaching in Ohio).
Turns out she found my FAQ About Living in Alaska by doing a search in Google on "moving to Juneau". Ironically, I wanted an "artist" website, and according to my web stats, aside from this blog which by *far* gets the most hist, my pages on living in Alaska are always among the highest rated search strings. For example, last month 3 of my top 20 search strings were:
452 hits: living in alaska
283 hits: life in alaska
134 hits: relocating to alaska
Out of 187,592 hits and 18,121 unique IPs for January, it's not a huge percentage, but still...compare that with the search terms I'm shooting for:
47 hits: alaskan art
26 hits: alaskan artists
18 hits: alaskan artist
Anyway, the candidate was a little younger than me seemed laid back and fun, she's a big Alias fan so we had that in common...not to mention she owns the same exact pair of Dock Martins as the ones I wear everday that I've owned for almost 12 years! .
Said she felt like she knew me. (Yah, I get that a lot!)