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Statistics, damn statistics!

These papers are Japanese Chiyogami papers – nice book, I like this one although I don’t actually know why I bother. You may be wondering about the title for this post – it’s actually paraphrasing a quote by Mark Twain ‘Lies, damn lies and statistics!’ and here’s why….

WordPress have introduced a new dashboard. Not only can you see the statistics for the current day or week but you can see the stats for all-time since your blog started. Out of interest, I checked what the most popular search terms that people use to find this blog. Here is the first part of the result.

STRAWBERRY????? WHAT?? By an absolute mile and then some, the search for strawberry beats bookbinding by seven times! I suppose that there are other bookbinding terms such as book making (although some of those might be looking to place a bet!) or handmade books which if they were added together might help give the bookbinding numbers a boost but STRAWBERRY! Give me a break!

I am now throwing in the towel and for all you fruit fiends out there here are some more fruit shots. I raided my fridge and took these this morning. So for your enjoyment may I present BLUEBERRY!





I suppose that any means of attracting people to my blog is good. Maybe people looking for strawberries will see my books and stay around, who knows, but needless to say, the search is now on for paper with strawberries on it. I expect that if I could combine a book, strawberries and number three in the stats, wellies (wellies!) then my viewing figures would go through the roof. So I’m going to buy a pair of these, cut them up and make a book out of them.

18 responses to “Statistics, damn statistics!

  1. Creechman April 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Why am I suddenly hungry?

  2. Diane April 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Must go and make some lunch – fruit salad anyone?

  3. Durano Lawayan April 12, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Diane,

    Fruit salad? Yes, of course, that would be very good. Ahhh… minus the strawberry please… I don’t want my salad to smell of someone’s feet. It’s just not appetizing. :-) –Durano, done!

  4. Christy DeKoning April 12, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    aHa!!! I knew I was missing something…

    I must now go paint some strawberries ;-)

    btw – I found a whole heapin’ pile of old (and I mean 20 years old) artwork of mine yesterday. It would be fun to have it all bound into a book. Coming to Canada anytime soon?

  5. Christy DeKoning April 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I tried to visit Blue Sky Studio from your links menu, because it sounded so peaceful and beautiful. But it’s a dead link. Any news?

  6. Mel April 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    As you may be aware, the Big Bang has eclipsed 770 sites, which is pretty amazing. I feel that the 1,000 site goal is very doable. If you haven’t updated your list in a while I would suggest doing so at, and moving it to your front page, however, that is not the reason for leaving this comment.

    I have launched 2 new sites that are “link-love” based, but emphasize quality over quantity.

    I believe that everyone has something to be grateful for and/or something to complain about. If you would like to participate in what could eventually be bigger than the Big Bang, please follow the appropriate url and join in. Tagging is totally optional.

  7. Diane April 12, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    :-) Canada? I wish….

    I have tried tracking down Blue Sky Studio which was a beautiful blog with a mixture of calligraphy and lovely photography presented in a very Zen-like way. As far as I can tell, the blog is now defunct and she seems to be concentrating on her photography – this is her photoblog.

    I will change the link. Thanks for pointing that out. :-)

  8. Lady Banana April 12, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Such mouthwatering fruits there!

  9. Diane April 12, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Just ate the raspberries – yum!

  10. laketrees April 13, 2008 at 12:05 am

    lol Diane !!
    what a funny post…
    I love the colours in this book…somewhat patriotic :)
    terrific pics of the fruits….
    I’ve just juiced rockmelon …strawberry and pear for brekkie this morning……and I would have loved some of your blueberries…
    I would have to go for the white houses over the caravans any day….why doesn’t someone design an environmently aesthetically pleasing range….
    your photos of the coastline are stunning !!

  11. pete April 13, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Oh, you’ve done it now. Irrelevant Google searches galore! :)

  12. Lunes April 13, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Can I wear the wellies please? Not that we have the weather for them here!

  13. Diane April 13, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Your fruit juice sounds delicious, Kim. I’ve just eaten the blueberries for breakfast – I love them!
    Glad you enjoyed the post and the pics – it’s hard to take a bad picture of the coast :-)

    Pete – I’m just sorry for all those ‘strawberry’ searchers who arrive and my blog and find one measly photo! At least now they have some more fruit to gaze upon :-)

    Kylee – don’t rub it in! We have just had another wet summer forecast (quel surprise!) and as I am going to Glastonbury again, my wellies are in for another bashing I’m sure :-)

  14. Jenny April 14, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Well, you know Diane, you can’t beat a good plump ripe strawberry … perhaps a strawberry-themed book binding would go over well at this juncture!

    Nice pics! Makes me want to have a smoothie!

  15. Diane April 14, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I’m on it! The hunt is on for strawberry paper…..

  16. strugglingwriter April 14, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Mmm. Fruit Salad :)

    That’s funny about the statistics.

    Oh, I love this book. For some reason the cover reminds me of The Matrix, only with Japanese characters rather than numbers.

  17. Teresa April 23, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    You have been busy while I was away! I’ll never catch up, but I want to know where I can get a pair of those wellies. ;) MIne are black and boring.

    And I love, love, love that book!

  18. Diane April 24, 2008 at 10:37 am

    SW – just found I hadn’t replied to your comment :-( Sorry!
    I know exactly what you mean about the Matrix, it’s all those streaming characters….

    Teresa – I just googled Strawberry wellies and found these – they are sold by loads of places.
    Glad you like the book!

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