Now, as part of maintaining and monitoring the blog, I sometimes check to see what search terms visitors are using to find the blog. Every so often, far too often to be coincidental, an entry for “ray nelson” and “eight o’clock in the morning” will come up. Its more than just once a week, its sometimes even two or three times a day.
I checked Google, and the blog entry for the story appears in the first 10 entries (if I don’t count all of the parallel or subsidiary Wiki entries) when searching for those terms. The first entries are for the Wikipedia entries for Ray Nelson or the movie “They Live”, then another blog (which reprints the entire story) and Ray Nelson’s own website appears before mine, so I guess that’s how people are finding my blog.
But that doesn’t answer the question of why. Why would so (relatively) many people be interested in a little-known author (I wasn’t really aware of him until I researched “They Live”) and one of his shorter and lesser stories, and why so continuously? Is someone teaching a class that references the author or story and students are doing a web search for information? Is this some kind of strange web-searching ‘bot at work? Are the aliens monitoring the blog for signs of people awakening from their trance?
At least one inquiring mind wants to know.