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Today, the Gabbin’ Gals, Susan, and Ann ask the question:
Ann: Have you ever wondered what people might think if they knew what you were googling? As writers, we google all sorts of weird stuff. For my mystery series, I google things like—what kind of poison could I used to kill someone without it showing up in a standard autopsy…or what could I use so the victim will die within fifteen minutes!
So, if someone looked at my search history, they just might call the cops!!
Susan: I’m with you! The latest thing I googled was about the Viking’s lifestyle. What they wore, what they ate, and how they lived. I had a mental picture (from some movie, I’m sure) about people eating large quantities of Pork cooked over an open fire and chasing it down with alcohol. While they did drink beer or mead, they ate a lot of mutton, whole grains, and vegetables.
I’ve googled whether or not you can kill a man wearing chainmail with an ax, time travel, ley lines, and standing stones.
Ann: I thought it might be interesting to share some Google statistics.
According to https://searchengineland.com
Google receives over 63,000 searches per second on any given day. That’s the average figure of how many people use Google a day, which translates into at least 2 trillion searches per year, 3.8 million searches per minute, 228 million searches per hour, and 5.6 billion searches per day. Holy Moly!!
To find out more about Google search statistics, see this article: https://seotribunal.com/blog/google-stats-and-facts
Now that we know how many searches are going on let’s take a look at what people are searching for.
From March through April, the 9 most googled recipes according to https://www.chowhound.com are:
7. French toast
6. Meat loaf
4. Pizza Dough
And the NUMBER ONE googled recipe is, BANANA BREAD!!
The following statistics were taken from https://www.mentalfloss.com visit their site for much more info.
Since we’ve been staying home more, many of us have taken up new hobbies. Some have been learning a new language, while others have been binge-watching Netflix…me included. Just so you know, the top three programs watched so far on Netflix are Tiger King, Ozark, and Outer Banks. I’ve watched one of those.
The most googled searches for hobbies are: Texas/TV and Films…so there, I’m not the only couch potato in the state!
Folks on the East Coast are googling home workouts. Most of the Mid-west is looking up video games.
DIY dominated Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Some of the most interesting searches are: While Texans are having trouble sleeping, Floridians want to know how to sleep at work.
Colorado wants to know how to stop drinking, and New Mexico searched to find out about day drinking. Ohio searched for how to dye my hair blonde at home, and folks in Pennsylvania need to know why their plants are dying. And then there’s Maine—they want to know how to build a chicken coop!
Now for the top “How to” searches:
10. How to lose belly fat
9. How to make French toast
8. How to write a cover letter
7. How to make pancakes
6. How to make money
5. How to draw
4. How to lose weight
3. How to get pregnant
2. How to Kiss
1. How to tie a tie
Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought you might enjoy knowing the most searched costumes from last year. The source for this information came from https://www.vogue.com.
From 1-10, they are: It, Witch, Spiderman, Dinosaur, Descendants, Clown, Fortnite, Chucky, 1980s, and Unicorn.
Ann: My husband says he’s waiting for the day he can google ‘where are my glasses and get an answer!
Susan: Amen to that!
For more about Ann/Emma and her books: https://www.anneverett.com