In the postmodern sense, I (Jordan Hurder) am opening a dialog with a robot, a webcrawling spider that will index this page and probably rank it fairly high up on the list of results that pop up when you google “Jordan Hurder.” Also, I should apologize up front that this Jordan Hurder-laden post has nothing to do with book collecting (and as such, belongs more on the now-defunct Jordan Hurder MySpace blog). But, I do have to vent my curiosity a little bit at the fact that, according to WordPress’s site statistics for this blog, at least a few internetters a week find this page by googling “Jordan Hurder.” (Also, as a slightly hilarious aside, at least 2 people have found this blog by googling “eraser crumbs.”)
So, in the traditional sense, I am opening a dialog with a hypothetical internet user who sees this page ranked highly after searching for “Jordan Hurder.” Specifically, I am wondering who you are and why you googled me. I am not a very private person (hence the blog and my liberal use of my real name), so I don’t really mind your interest in Jordan Hurder. Also, I don’t harbor an inflated sense of self-importance that leads me to assume that you are indeed looking for me… In fact, I was downright shocked when I noticed for the first time that someone had actually found my blog by googling “Jordan Hurder.” But, in the interest of keeping this dialog open, wouldn’t you be so kind as to leave a comment identifying yourself? I realize you hold all the cards here, being the one cloaked in anonymity (although I would consider having a kickass blog about book collecting to be a card), but it’s still worth a shot.
Also, I’m really curious: did you find what you wanted to find RE: Jordan Hurder here in this blog?
Update (May 2011): This post is around two years old and has become the 2nd most popular post on my blog, which is funny to me. I suppose that has helped it stay relatively high in the search results for Jordan Hurder, which is good, since it’s always nice when you can claim that you have SEO’d your own name (“Jordan Hurder,” in this case). Unfortunately, this apparently only works with Google, since searching for “Jordan Hurder” on Bing mostly brings up spammy sites like zoominfo.com and mylife.com that don’t give you any real information. You also get news results about Jordan Hurder being involved in a lawsuit in 2003, and the exploits of Jordan Hurder on the high school debate team circa 1997. So if you were searching for what Jordan Hurder was up to a decade ago, or you wanted to find out more information about Jordan Hurder from websites that would open fifteen popup ads when you clicked on them, definitely use Bing to search for Jordan Hurder. (It’s kind of funny that this page doesn’t even show up on the first 10 pages of search results when you use Bing to search for Jordan Hurder, which suggests that their algorithm de-indexes pages that use the word “Googling” prominently.)
I may be biased, though, since I hate Bing and have hated it since it started – it is not nearly as useful as Google, and its ads are positively the most annoying that I have ever seen. So, I decided to repurpose this page as not just a repository of my own name (Jordan Hurder, in case you forgot), but also an opportunity to sound off about Bing. What has search overload done to us? Nothing. Meet Bing – a solution in search of its problem.