So I google'd myself yesterday. I do this from time to time, because I know a little about Search Engine Optimization, and want to see if my blog is gaining any popularity on the search engine charts.
It doesn't help that I have a common name. My Own Private Idaho is a song from the B-52's, the name of a movie, and a lot of people use it. I have dabbled with more unique names (Spuds and Meth came to mind) but haven't found anything I really liked yet.
Yesterday was the first day I actually found positive results from google. I typed in "Mormon Discrimination in Idaho" and I was on the first page, like 5 results down. I typed in "Idaho Coffee Culture" and I was #1. Granted, these aren't major searches, but it's nice to see your name in a list of search results, especially on the #1 slot.
That's when I noticed that my Valentine's blog helped get me google results as well. People were searching for the Steve Irwin val: "Crickey, you got me in the heart" and 2 people were referred to my blog because of it. Woo!
I'm close to 275 followers now. I was averaging 250-300 views a day last week, and now I'm down to 175-225. I want to inject some life into this blog, and keep it climbing....
I ask you, my audience... What do you think of a name change? I like MOPI, but something more original would help me climb the google ladder... And do you work on improving your blog's search engine results? I'd love to hear from you.