As some of you may know, I obsess over our blog statistics. I love statistics, which is a sign that I need a life, I understand that… We have had tons of referrals to our blog because of a 07-31-09 thread about Joan returning to the Newport Jazz Festival. That thread garnered fewer than 20 comments if I am remembering correctly. But there have been days that the Joan Baez thread beat all other sources of referrals by a huge margin. I think I have discovered the reason why. But first, a hippy digression.
In 1970, when I was 16 years old, my two best friends and I went to the Twin Drive-In theater in Wichita, KS to see Woodstock the movie. I think the drive-in was where the mall on Harry street is now, but I am not sure of that. Any way, as my two friends and I lucked out on that summer night, there were a couple of girls parked next to us, who had offered to let us smoke some of their supplies which made the music sound much better than it already did. Joan sang at least one song in the movie acapella and I distinctly recall thinking, ‘if there are real angels, they can’t sound better than that!’ A good time was had by all and we got home safely.
I have wondered why we have so many searches and hits regarding Joan Baez keep showing up in our Blog Stats. I think I know the reason why. In the Google searches of Joan Baez images we are number twelve in the list. The image I used is the one above of a mature, but still hot, IMHO, Baez. I did not take the photo, I do not own it, nor do I have any proprietary rights for it. [as an aside: Joan is 68 years old – she was born 01-09-41]. Because our image is so near the top, other blogs use our image – for example – http://roland.blogspot.com/2009/10/joan-baez-how-sweet-sound.html – the aforementioned blog is part of the Miami Herold if I understood correctly.
Recapping: Our blog has profitted in terms of hits from an image we do not own, is disseminated by people we don’t know, but whom help us keep our numbers up. This is not the “work hard, produce a better product, and the world will beat a path to your door” mantra the conservatives like to believe still exists.
Is the blogosphere UnAmerican and UnRepublican? You be the judge.