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June 27, 2014 / diannegray

What is twerking? What is love? What the…?

I was surfing the web while eating breakfast the other morning (Vegemite on toast – very Aussie) when I happened to stumble across Google Trends/Top Charts.

I went to a page called What did the World Search for in 2013? (Australia). I then looked at the title What Is? The #1 search term recorded by Google for 2013 was What is twerking? The #2 search term was What is love?

I had a bit of a giggle and was not sure what to make of it. I’ve asked the universe (not Google) a few times in my life what is love? but I’ve never asked it what is twerking?

So I joined in the party and Googled What is the difference between twerking and love? To my absolute amazement there were no answers – what’s the world coming to?

In America the top search terms were #1 What is Twerking and #2 What is Ricin (I’m hoping this is just a Breaking Bad influence and not a sinister trend).

In the UK the top search terms were #1 What is Twerking and #2 What is my IP

In Canada the top search terms were #1 What is Twerking and #2 What is fracking

Can you see a trend here?

Other interesting stats:

Top searches that start with How To

  1. How to Draw 
  2. How to Kiss

Top searches that start with Did

  1. Did Turtleman die? 
  2. Did Jesus exist? 

Needless to say, the top trending searches for 2014 are mostly related to the World Cup.

So I decided to look through my (all time) site stats to check out the top search terms.

Drum roll…

#1 Dianne Gray (lucky that’s my name)

#2 Laughing cat (okay, this is weird)

#3 Snake (it’s getting worse)

Try it out, you may be surprised (and weirded out like I was).


The cane harvesting season has now started, bringing a flurry of activity to the farm. Our sugar cane hasn’t been cut yet, but I’ve got the camera on the ready to share with you once they start.

Until then, for your viewing pleasure I happened to capture this magnificent rainbow the other morning. It’s odd how the light below the rainbow is brighter than above it, but this is exactly how it looked.


Let me know if you have any strange search terms in your stats

Have a great week all!




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  1. avwalters / Jun 27 2014 10:38 am

    Okay, I’ll check it out. I’ll bet, though, that it has something to do with emus.


  2. avwalters / Jun 27 2014 10:44 am

    Wow, you can adjust the search for various time periods, too. My number one search is “two rock chronicles,” the name of the blog. After that–it’s all about emus. Cool and informative tip.


    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 1:57 pm

      I set mine to ‘all time’ which I’d say you’ve done as well. It’s very interesting 😀


  3. John / Jun 27 2014 10:44 am

    Gorgeous photo!! Twerking = Miley Cyrus. Eewww. Nasty girl…


  4. Ruth Rainwater / Jun 27 2014 10:52 am

    Beautiful rainbow! And my favorite breakfast is no Marmite on toast since I found a source for Marmite here in the US. 🙂

    I had no search terms for any of my blogs yesterday or today. I’ll have to check that out further. I do get some strange commenters in my spam folder though – does that count?


    • Ruth Rainwater / Jun 27 2014 10:52 am

      I meant ‘now’ not ‘no’. 😦


    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 1:59 pm

      You set the search for ‘all time’ not just today 😉 It’ll give you the option for today, last 7 days, last month etc. ‘All time’ is the best one to look at 😀


  5. nrhatch / Jun 27 2014 11:11 am

    Gorgeous rainbow ~ much better than watching Twerking. Or snakes. Laughing cats are fun to watch though.

    Here’s my Top 5:

    positive energy 4,930
    how to attract positive energy 3,969
    nrhatch 3,316
    attracting positive energy 1,157
    attract positive energy 966


    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 2:00 pm

      You are a very positive energy person, Nancy. Well done! 😀


  6. Jacqui Murray / Jun 27 2014 11:19 am

    I must be doing something wrong. I got Windows 8. That so isn’t true.


    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 2:00 pm

      That’s odd. Did you check the ‘all time’ stats, or just today?


  7. Carrie Rubin / Jun 27 2014 11:21 am

    I found “caride,rubin.” Not sure what to make of that. They were close, I guess. I also found “+plot-driven best selling novels.” Ooh, now I like that one! 😉

    Your rainbow pic is gorgeous. And thankfully free of any twerkers…


    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 2:03 pm

      No twerkers allowed in my rainbows, Carrie!

      Click on ‘search terms’ and then check ‘all time’. This should give you a better view of what brings people to your blog 😀


      • Carrie Rubin / Jun 27 2014 9:27 pm

        Yes, I’ve had some doozies. I made the mistake of putting a pic of a shirtless Will Smith and Hugh Jackman in one of my earliest posts. I still get searches for ‘Will Smith Nudo.’ 🙂


      • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:28 am

        LOL! Good one 😀


  8. Pagadan / Jun 27 2014 11:23 am

    Love the rainbow. I know more about twerking than I want to.


  9. Coffee2words / Jun 27 2014 11:31 am

    My results from 2012 were:

    The new top 5:
    Procrastination (what’s that saying?!)
    Coffee2words (yay!)
    blonde male models (clearly people don’t know the difference between blonde and blond)
    Derrolyn Anderson (that’s interesting!)
    4 stars

    Amazing rainbow photo Dianne 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 2:07 pm

      Very interesting indeed! Procrastination – just what we don’t need in our lives, but Coffee2words (I agree -yay!) 😀

      A lot of people must have Googled Derrolyn for the name to come up trumps 😉


      • Coffee2words / Jun 27 2014 2:50 pm

        Yeah I’m not sure why Derrolyn has such a high hit rate, it could be because her name is a bit unique perhaps?


  10. EllaDee / Jun 27 2014 11:34 am

    Fascinating insight into people’s minds and concerns… I wonder if the people who entered the search terms were satisfied with the links they clicked on…
    For mine overall most popular were search terms with endless variations involving ‘ginger cat’, ‘dream of a ginger cat’, including ‘ginger cat on a motorbike’…; eupham graham and associated convict history – links to my the G.O.’s convict family history post; port stephens – they would have got value there; inner city life… – I’m an expert on that!; ‘what does an [sic] cranky old woman wear’, and ‘google, cranky old women’ – they have my measure…; but not sure they would have found help with ‘how do I get tannin out of my stainless steel teapot’ and ‘can I use a putty knife for grouting in small places’…
    That rainbow is truly viewing pleasure 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 2:12 pm

      It is a fascinating insight. I guess it just goes to show what happens when a young singer decides to go all out with the weird stuff. People must have been very interested in the word itself (I’m guessing). Love and twerking couldn’t be further apart – it’s just weird! 😉

      But I think my favourite so far is “what does an [sic] cranky old woman wear” – good grief! Why would anyone Google this – I’ll be laughing all day at this one 😀


  11. T. W. Dittmer / Jun 27 2014 12:22 pm

    I can hear Judy Garland.

    Top search term: popeye syndrome 😛


  12. JackieP / Jun 27 2014 12:27 pm

    Wonderful picture! I will have to check my stats one day 😉


  13. Janna G. Noelle / Jun 27 2014 1:24 pm

    Okay, I didn’t actually know what ricin was, so that was educational. As for love, as soon as I read that question in your post, I was immediately reminded of a popular dance tune from the 90s:

    I actually still like that song! 😎

    As for Vegemite – sorry, I can’t stand the stuff. Way too salty for me. I’ll take PB on toast (and maybe a bit of honey as well) any day!


    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 2:16 pm

      Oh yeah – great song! I think it featured in a movie as well, but can’t remember which one…

      Vegemite – nectar of the Gods (lol). I think you have to grow up eating it to actually like it 😉


  14. Photos With Finesse / Jun 27 2014 2:22 pm

    Apparently everyone on my site uses ‘unknown search terms’. We have that info courtesy of Google who apparently encrypts many of them so they can’t be displayed! But thanks for the reminder to actually go look at them.

    As for ‘twerking’ – I have teenaged kids – amazing the stuff I learn! My scariest google search came when I started to type ‘side dishes to’ – first one that popped up was ‘go with ham’ – which is what I was making that night. I never make ham – how did it know! Sometimes that engine scares me with it’s accuracy. Tonight if I type ‘How’, it pops up with ‘I met your mother’. Don’t really need to know that thanks. 😉


    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 2:35 pm

      LOL! These things scare me too. It’s almost as if Google is trying to read my mind by preempting what it thinks I’m going to ask. Yikes! It’ a bit like the beginnings of a horror story 😉


      • Photos With Finesse / Jun 28 2014 12:31 am

        Could be the opening line for a future novel. “As I sat googling xxx, the idea came to me…”


  15. Alarna Rose Gray / Jun 27 2014 3:05 pm

    What a fascinating if not sobering analysis of the developed world’s google priorities! I have to admit I contributed to the twerking search trend thanks to Miley. But that rainbow…looks like you’re caught in your own beautiful bubble, there 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 4:55 am

      The rainbow reminded me a bit of Stephen King’s ‘The Dome’ lol 😉

      You’re right about this being a sobering analysis of the developed world. It truly shows where our priorities lie (and I think I googled twerking as well at some stage last year). The power of the media is scary.


  16. Nadia / Jun 27 2014 4:30 pm

    ‘What is vegemite’ just went up a spot in the Belgian Google search stats 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:02 am

      LOL! I just Googled it as well to see what was said about it and this blog came up number 2 in the Google search even before Wikipedia. Good grief – I’m not sure how that happened! 😉


  17. Gallivanta / Jun 27 2014 4:31 pm

    Mine is ‘mini schnauzer dandelion’ ???????? I laughed about How to Kiss because in my latest post I mentioned a 1936 article on the subject. I wondered if it,( the how to), was still a popular topic. Obviously it is. Beautiful rainbow.


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:07 am

      How to kiss must be a very popular topic! I wonder how people learn the technique online (and how they would practice alone) LOL 😀


      • Gallivanta / Jun 28 2014 10:37 am

        Good point! Kiss a mirror?


  18. bulldog / Jun 27 2014 4:55 pm

    Well firstly I didn’t know one could get these figures from WP and secondly I’m not sure I like the results…
    1… Bushman’s hole
    2. Boesmansgat (Afrikaans of the above)
    3. I have a little satnav
    4. Rob Ainslie (people search for my name?)
    5. Voortrekker Monument

    well now that came as a surprise that I might not have wanted to see…lol…
    I love your photo…and have to ask, do they burn the cane first before harvesting like they do here??


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:13 am

      Bushman’s hole is a great one, Rob! Gave me a good giggle this morning 😀 It’s amazing how people know to search by your name (considering you use Bulldog) this must be a testament to your photographic or tech reputation.

      We don’t burn the cane here anymore, the farmers cut ‘green’. They do, however, burn the trash left over after the cut. They only stopped burning about 10 years ago due to pressure from the greens.


  19. Amy Reese / Jun 27 2014 5:38 pm

    Twerking, huh? But love is surprising. I wonder if people found the answers they needed. My #1 search item is always boobs! I know. Beautiful rainbow!


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:17 am

      Asking the question ‘what is love’ is quite surprising indeed and as odd as asking ‘how to kiss’! But the ones that really got me were the two asked about turtleman and Jesus. I must admit I had to google turleman because I’d never heard of him before 😉


      • Amy Reese / Jun 28 2014 5:18 am

        Yeah, I guess I need to do that, too! I have no idea who turtleman is…haha.


  20. anotherday2paradise / Jun 27 2014 5:51 pm

    I’d never heard of ‘twerking’ before so also had to look it up. Maybe I might have had a go at it in my younger days, but my non existent hips wouldn’t have made a great showing. 🙂 Love your rainbow pic. How blessed you are to live in such a beautiful place.
    I know I’m blonde, but can you please spell out to me how i find my ‘search terms’? 😕


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:26 am

      I’ve never tried twerking and fear I may break a hip if I tried it (LOL) 😉

      To find your search terms go to your ‘site stats’ or ‘stats’ page (if you don’t know where this is, let me know). Scroll down to ‘Search Engine Terms” (mine is on the left side of the page) and then click on ‘Summaries’. This will take you to a new page and on that page you will see links to 7 days, 30 days, quarter, year, all time. Click on ‘All Time’ and the search terms should come up.
      Let me know how you go 😀


  21. Theo Fenraven / Jun 27 2014 9:02 pm

    I hadn’t looked at search terms used on my blog in a long while until you posted this. Heh. Here they are: live statues, wet me up, porn cake, naked in woods

    Porn cake seems to be a consistent one, but live statues? I have no idea. Overall, there seems to be a theme…. 😉


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:28 am

      Haaaa! I love these, Theo! I have no idea about live statues but I’ll have to google it now to see if you come up! 😀


      • Theo Fenraven / Jun 28 2014 12:36 pm

        I don’t know why I would. Heh. That one is really weird.


  22. Roy McCarthy / Jun 27 2014 9:50 pm

    I think you’ve too much time on your hands Dianne – is all the sanding done? Do you own/sell your own sugar cane?


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:33 am

      It’s a bit boring waiting for my book to come back from the readers (actually, I had that written in this post, but then took it out at the last minute – not sure why). I need to do more sanding and there’s a heap of work, but I usually sit down for a couple of hours in the morning and read the online news, blogs, etc 😉

      We own the sugar cane, but started leasing it out a couple of years ago to a neighbouring farmer to harvest.


  23. bluebee / Jun 27 2014 9:53 pm

    Looks as if ‘Breaking Bad’s generated its fair share. Unfortunately, Google’s gone and spoilt all the fun we had last year – -with search engine poetry by encrypting all search terms. So the only search terms you’ll find on your blog stats these days are non-Google ones 😒 *twerking* at Google


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:36 am

      I actually didn’t know what ricin was and had to google it myself!

      I didn’t realise about the encryption 😦


  24. bluebee / Jun 27 2014 9:56 pm

    And, yes, considering Turtleman’s head was strapped onto one (without his body) I would hazard a guess that he did cark it 😉


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:37 am

      I’d never heard of turtleman either – yikes!


  25. ramblingsfromamum / Jun 27 2014 10:27 pm

    Twerking isn’t that what miley does..did. Love the live in a little corner of heaven.
    My stat searches top 5… Cymbal crash are… Ramblings from a mum…go figure. Double acrostic poem examples…when I did acrostics. Accident to right side of body…wtf? Sad girl alone sitting..again wt? Black and white couple? I have no idea where there came from.
    Hi mum sorry for the bad language :-(. xxx


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:39 am

      Those are very weird, Jen! It really makes you wonder how google organises this stuff 😉


  26. billyraychitwood1 / Jun 27 2014 11:46 pm

    No interesting searches, but I ‘twerking’ love your picture…


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:40 am

      LOL! I think you’ve just discovered a new meaning for twerking! 😀


  27. on thehomefrontandbeyond / Jun 28 2014 12:10 am

    beautiful rainbow–will have to check out my stats!


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:40 am

      They can get pretty interesting at times. Good luck 😉


  28. cestlavie22 / Jun 28 2014 12:53 am

    I will need to look at my stats. But my question is who is Turtleman?!?!


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:42 am

      I didn’t know either! I think he’s an American guy who looked after turtles??? LOL 😉


  29. Jill Weatherholt / Jun 28 2014 1:02 am

    I can’t wait to see the photos from the sugar cane harvesting…sounds exciting! Your rainbow photograph is spectacular! Well, I would check out my search stats…if I knew how. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:44 am

      Hey, Jill -here’s how you do it:
      Go to your ‘site stats’ or ‘stats’ page (if you don’t know where this is, let me know). Scroll down to ‘Search Engine Terms” (mine is on the left side of the page) and then click on ‘Summaries’. This will take you to a new page and on that page you will see links to 7 days, 30 days, quarter, year, all time. Click on ‘All Time’ and the search terms should come up.
      Let me know how you go 😀


  30. jannatwrites / Jun 28 2014 4:24 am

    Twerking. Ick. On a happier note, love the rainbow photo (it just might be enough to get the mental image of Mylie Cyrus out of my head…)

    I couldn’t help it… I had to check my stats. Here are the top three:
    “Three bears” = 1,314
    “i hate my birthday” = 783
    “caesar salad” = 619


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 5:47 am

      LOL! These are great! It’s amazing what draws people to our pages 😀

      Don’t think about Mylie Cyrus – think happy thoughts – kittens, chocolate, winning the lottery – anything but her! 😉


  31. Minuscule Moments / Jun 28 2014 3:18 pm

    Dianne prefer to eat a vegimite sandwich than watch MC tweaking lol. LOVE the rainbow how gorgeous is that.


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 3:28 pm

      Oh that tweaking (I think I may have called it twerking a few time in this post because I keep forgetting the word) is absolutely hideous LOL 😀

      The rainbow takes my mind off it 😉


  32. Minuscule Moments / Jun 28 2014 3:20 pm

    I mean twerking spell check may have it right though she sure does tweak it ???


    • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 3:29 pm

      I thought I’d got it wrong (LOL) 😀


      • Minuscule Moments / Jun 28 2014 3:31 pm

        Dianne I don’t think in the big scheme of things it will matter if we get wrong…because it already is!


      • diannegray / Jun 28 2014 3:33 pm

        Haaaaa – very clever comeback indeed! 😀


  33. ParentingIsFunny / Jun 29 2014 4:23 am

    Posts like these are always entertaining. Thanks for sharing. My weirdest (and worst) search term was “little boys peeing.” And I got that one SO frequently! Why?! Yuck!


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2014 5:51 am

      Oh! That’s a weird one 😀 It’s amazing what people search for! 😉


  34. agjorgenson / Jun 29 2014 4:30 am

    Maps and tattoos came up high. Love the photo. Saw one just like it yesterday, except there was a rainbow within the rainbow. Bu the distinction of the quality of light above and below is astounding in your photo!


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2014 5:54 am

      I noticed the light difference before I took the pic, but didn’t think it would end up coming out so clearly. A rainbow within a rainbow is beautiful and when I see one I’ll definitely be getting a capture of it 😀

      Maps and tattoos? That’s interesting! 😀


  35. ygm17 / Jun 29 2014 4:31 am

    Top search terms are “email signoffs” and “signing off a letter”. I found that interesting and sad-making as it makes me think people come to my blog hoping to learn something. Anyway…I would be happier with snake! (exclamation mark) 😀 Maybe I should write about twerking? Love the rainbow!


    • diannegray / Jun 29 2014 5:57 am

      “Email signoffs” and “signing off a letter” does sound like people are looking for an answer to something. Do you often blog about that? Yes – maybe next time put ‘twerking’ in your tags and see what happens (LOL) 😀


  36. Kourtney Heintz / Jun 30 2014 2:20 am

    LOL. It’s always amazing to see what people search for and how they stumble onto our blogs. 🙂


  37. the eternal traveller / Jun 30 2014 11:16 pm

    So, I’m none the wiser…what is twerking? Am I missing out on something amazing?


    • diannegray / Jul 1 2014 7:10 am

      Twerking has something to do with the antics Miley Cyrus does on stage – it’s fairly revolting! lol 😀


  38. the eternal traveller / Jun 30 2014 11:19 pm

    I always think the person who searches for The Adventures of Justine must be very disappointed when they end up with The Adventures of Justin Beaver instead.


  39. 1girl4adamwest / Jul 1 2014 3:01 am

    What a Beautiful photo!


  40. Britt Skrabanek / Jul 2 2014 3:57 pm

    Twerking…geez, what is the world coming to when that’s the top search?

    Awesome, awesome photo! I can’t believe how well that turned out when rainbows are usually so elusive.


    • diannegray / Jul 3 2014 5:35 am

      What is the world coming to? – that is exactly what I thought, Britt. Sheesh!

      I’m glad you like the rainbow – it was truly impressive 😀


  41. jmmcdowell / Jul 3 2014 11:03 am

    What an awesome rainbow! My most frequent search terms having absolutely nothing to do with what I actually blog about. Most deal with that strange “s.e.m.a.l….” SEO company that I posted on once. Then there are the searches for “thinking” clip art. All because that’s part of the name I gave to some Microsoft clip art examples. Sigh.


    • diannegray / Jul 3 2014 1:24 pm

      It’s a shame the search terms aren’t actually what you blog about (I must mention snakes A LOT – LOL!) However, at least the searchers are coming to your blog and hopefully they’re saying ‘wow – I love this’ like I do when I read your pages 😀


  42. Hazy Shades of Me / Jul 4 2014 4:17 am

    Heh, heh. Funny! I can’t believe the #1 for them all was a twerk search!

    And, what a beautiful rainbow. Very unique. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 4 2014 4:20 am

      LOL! What is the world coming to? Twerking? I was pretty surprised as well. Oh dear! 😀


  43. Penny L Howe / Jul 7 2014 1:17 pm

    Well that is weird – but extremely interesting, Dianne. I’m guessing that Madonna invented twerking. Not the term but what it means! And what is love? … clearly not enough people remember the Beatles (All You Need Is Love). Thanks for a most entertaining post (and comments)! I’m always smiling or laughing when I leave here! 😀


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2014 6:53 am

      Thank you so much, Penny! 😀 It was Miley Cyrus who was the awful twerker last year 😉

      I find it hopeful for the world that people are looking at the word love on the net xxxx


      • Penny L Howe / Jul 8 2014 6:57 am

        Yeah I knew it was Miley that started the twerking bit. I saw a cool film last week about the 80’s and Madonna’s first appearance at the MTV Music Awards. Everyone’s mouth dropped open. She was blatantly twerking,lol! I agree with you about Love! 🙂 xoxo


    • diannegray / Jul 8 2014 7:02 am

      OH – so it must have been Maddona who started the whole thing. I didn’t know that Penny – thank you! 😀


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