Amon Amarth’s paranoid woodchuck coloring pages, or, How best to Google for Swords and/or Dorkery

I would encourage any blogger to make their blog’s title somewhat distinct — preferably using a neologism, or uncommon words, or just a statistically unlikely phrase. I toyed with trying for an almost invisible title composed entirely of Boolean operators and common “stop words” — the best I came up with was “Near is not the same as with,” but that sounds like a forlorn love poem, and this, after all, is the web’s most important blog about half-orcs, D&D figures, and Black Sabbath ever. Ergo, Swords & Dorkery.

But WordPress has an intriguing feature which shows me the Google searches used to stumble onto my blog.  Some recent, unique searches that lead people to S&D:

  • norse macig
  • cosmic horror hopelessness
  • realistic woodchuck coloring page
  • i love the gay eastertide
  • make your own monster bugbear
  • paranoid album artwork
  • 1st edition half orc fighter
  • porn figures miniatures

That last one is pure awesome. In fact, there was a set of “x-rated” scenes produced by a small plastic miniatures company, MIR, which was based in Russia and I think is out of business but I don’t follow 1/72 stuff as much anymore. A review is here. MIR specialized in casualties and wrecks — things that could be cast in resin at home from flat, one-sided molds rather than expensive two-part molds that require injection-molding machines. Someone sent me a few pictures of these now out-of-print and rare figures, but I don’t think the pictures are anywhere on my hard drive anymore. There are also a number of “cheesecake” pewter models but out by a few of the companies that make 54mm “toy soldiers” for collectors but enough of that.

Anyway the most frequent searches that lead people to click here:

paranoid 118
uriah heep demons and wizards 73
black sabbath paranoid 71
amon amarth 66
john bauer 41
swords and dorkery 37
half orc 31
paranoid black sabbath 26
3 inches of blood 24
changeling 21
demons and wizards uriah heep 17
demons and wizards 14
broadsword 13
bugbear 12
paranoid cover 10
d&d orc 10
troll 9
black sabbath paranoid album cover 9

Which makes me think several things:

  1. Some people actually came here looking for D&D and miniatures stuff.
  2. Some people even came here looking for this blog (swords and dorkery / swords & dorkery)
  3. Most search engine hits are from people looking for heavy metal bands, which is OK too.
  4. This post will, in itself, probably make the above searches even “better” looking to Google.

So, however you got here, I hope you enjoy what you find…

The “topics” list over on the right refers to tags on my posts. The “static pages” are web pages on this blog, mostly older stuff. The “tombs” are the archive. The “blog roll” has some other great blogs to check out, mainly gaming or art related. If you’ve never heard of the “Old School Revival” in gaming, check out the blogs in the “OSR high rollers” list below that. The “Valhalla” list has some blogs that were, but are no more. The context-free comments are just excerpts from comments here that I find especially amusing when shorn from their contexts.

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  1. I am humbled and delighted by the much better use of incoming Google searches here: Google pennance at Got Medieval.

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