Browsing Archives for June 2010

Over the past few months I have frequently been accused of criticizing Pioneer Woman to increase traffic to this site. I am the first one to admit that my job as a blogger is to be interesting to my readers. This would be why I avoid posts on unloading the dishwasher, vacuuming the area rugs and picking the cat hair off the sofa.  And hell yes!  The PW phenomenon is interesting to many people in the blogging world for a variety of reasons. I am happy to be one of the few who represents the side of Pdubyadom that does not involves blowing butterflies out of my butt to gain her favor.

Still, as I was recently looking over my stats, I noticed that a few items on my blog are of far more interest to the internet than Ree Drummond.  Here are the most popular search terms that have landed people on my blog over the past three months…

my sisters farmhouse 14,769
my sister’s farmhouse 5,248
mysistersfarmhouse 2,616
www.mysistersfarmhouse.com 1,151
sisters farmhouse 951
my sisters farmhouse blog 836
my sister’s farmhouse blog 744
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wilted lettuce 569
mysistersfarmhouse.com 455
country doctor’s wife 424
julia child husband 327
country doctors wife 290
julia child’s husband 277
sisters farmouse 276
rechelle my sisters farmhouse 250
the country doctor’s wife 234
country doctor’s wife blog 192
my sisters farm house 176
rechelle 169
jim from the office 155
julia child and husband 150
julia and paul child 147
ladd drummond 136
farmhouse blog 134
country doctors wife blog 130
my sister farmhouse 125
my sisiers farmhouse 116
cowboy josh 115
paul child julia 108
my sisters farm 107
my sisters farmhous 93
mysisters farmhouse 90
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ree drummond fake 89
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countrydoctorswife 89
cowboy josh pioneer woman 84
farmhouse blogs 82
my sister’s farmhouse pioneer woman 82
jim the office 72
gromit 72

my sister’s farm house 71
http://mysistersfarmhouse.com/2010/05/fi 70
mysister’sfarmhouse 67
my sisters farmhouse pioneer woman 61
the country doctors wife 60
my sister rechelle 59
my sisters farmhose 58
julia child paul 57

julia child and husband photos 56

how to make wilted lettuce 55
pioneer woman movie 55

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I suppose if I was really interested in writing for traffic, I would blog solely about Julia and Paul Child, wilted lettuce, Jim from the Office and my one and only true love, Gromit.

My interest in uh… examining the PW blog does generate some traffic, but not as much as one might think.

Because Julia Child totally kicks Ree’s ass in my search terms!!!

Isn’t that beautiful!

Guess who else totally kicks Ree’s ass?

That’s right!

JESUS!

This site gets far more response when I write about casting off the shroud of religion as opposed to when I write about casting the Pioneer Woman legion off my blog.

Here are my top twenty posts over the past year. You can see that the home page gets visited the most. But the next most popular landing page is the ‘apology post’.  The Pioneer Woman movie story comes in a distant third.  It would appear that dissing Ree Drummond is of significantly less import to the world wide web than is dissing Jesus.

(Might I then suggest that Hollywood consider making more films that delve into skepticism rather than films that feature wealthy conservative housewives who become overnight sensations due to their mad skilz at turning their babies into anime via photoshop?)

Home page………………………………………………………………………………..499,122
Former Christian Apologizes for Being Such a Shithead………………………20,021
It Pays To Suck Up To Pioneer Woman. Que………………………………………..9,634
Pioneer Woman – The Movie!……………………………………………………………7,402
Biblical Flood of Christian Homeschooler ………………………………………….6,740
How I Became an Atheist – A Parable …………………………………………………6,489
Rechelle Welcomes Local Baptist Congregation………………………………. .5,884
Contact Rechelle………………………………………………………………………….. .5,765
Untitled (The Goodbye Post)……………………………………………………………..5,601
I Had Head Lice When I Went to Visit Pioneer Woman…………………………….5,116
Finding My Viscera – Parts I and II………………………………………………………4,918
Behind the Blogger…………………………………………………………………………..4,484
Word O’ Whenever……………………………………………………………………………4,397
Aw Jeeeezus Joseph and Marrrreeeeey!………………………………………………..4,358
Ree Drummond – Who Should She Channel Next?………………………………….3,942
Private Christian Schools – A Handy Euphemism for White Flight………….. …3,457
CDW Writes Better 10 Commandments Than God………………………………….3,376
Finding My Viscera Parts III and IV and Mercifully the Conclusion…………….2,926
CDW Sits in Ash Heap and Scrapes Her Boils She Feels So Bad…………………2,850
I Hope You Get More Tolerant Soon Rechelle!……………………………………….2,793
My First Time – A Church Camp Flashback…………………………………………..2,742

Overall, of the top 20 posts, 51,313 visits landed on stories related to atheism.
In comparison, only 31,012 visits landed on PW stories.

So Jesus wins!

Or rather,

Rejecting Jesus wins!

YAY!

Besides, Julia Child is way better than both of them put together!

Which reminds me…

Last fall I wrote Ree an email about the Julie/ Julia movie.

She had sent me an email regarding the “I Wish I Had a Wife Post” saying that it was ‘very poignant’.

Here is what I wrote back to her…

Oh holy crap Ree.

What do I do about the world famous blogger that shows up in my in-box every once in a while? It is like getting a letter from Meryl Strep! It freaks me out every time.  Total Freak Out!

Speaking of Meryl Strep – did you see Julie and Julia yet? OMG! Awesome! Meryl is incredible. I drug Mike with me as penance for ruining my life. He went meekly. Then I made him buy some new pants. He resisted weakly. Then I made him buy me a wireless printer at Best Buy. I am thinking that I am going to get a new laptop out of this whole miserable mess. WooHoo!

Not really…

But sort of…

Gosh – this would make a great post!

Go see Julie and Julia. The ‘blogger’ is pathetic and I was hoping that it would teach Mike to value his wife’s blog, but instead it made me despise myself and my blog. But Meryl… Meryl… oh Meryl is so wonderful and Julia is so wonderful… I wish the whole movie had all been about Julia.

And then I did write a post about it…

But Ree did not respond to my question about Julie and Julia.
I always wondered why.
Why is it that a cooking blog as widely read as PW Cooks never ONCE mentioned the movie, Julie and Julia?
Does that not seem a little strange coming from a blogger who pummels everyone she meets with her movie quote imitation trick?

Feel free to share your own Ree/Jesus/Julia Child conspiracy theories.

Jesus don’t want me for a sunbeam,

Rechelle

Grow some cilantro in your garden…

And some garden salsa peppers…

Sacrifice one early onion from your onion patch…

Bring it all inside and admire your handiwork.

Find festive bowl…

Add black beans…

Rotel – because the tomatoes in your garden are weeks from being ready.

Chop…

Add red bell pepper, cilantro, onion, and garden salsa peppers.

At the last minute decide to add some dried oregano that you gathered from your herb patch a few weeks ago.

You will later regret this addition, but at the time it seemed inspired…

Toss in a bit of corn.

Realize that the oregano looks a bit like flecks of mold, but determine not to notice…

It was pretty good.

In spite of the ‘mold flecks’.

I also added salt, garlic, lime juice and a little tomato juice.

Personally, I think Rotel is hard to beat in salsa, but a garden fresh tomato will do in a pinch.

Have you harvested anything from your garden yet?

I am getting fresh cilantro, hot peppers, and sacrificial onions from my garden. I think it’s time for some salsa! The whole spicy story is up at Farmhouse and Garden.