After posting my short films, I was convinced I had a "This Land" style hit on my hands. Beyond a doubt, within a matter of hours, I would be well on my way to the 65 million viewers that JibJab got for their short.
And, indeed, over the past week, more people have been coming to this site than before. Some of them are even watching my short films.
But according to my server logs, an inexplicably large number of them are coming here by way of a Google search for the word "shaboopie."
In one sense, that's not surprising. After all, once somebody gets the irresistable urge to Google for the word "Shaboopie," one of my essays is the number one result. But why in God's name is everybody suddenly googling "shaboopie"?
Certainly, I love a good shaboopie reference as much as the next guy, but I'm baffled to find that the next guy loves a good shaboopie reference as much as me. This is the second most disturbing trend I have noticed recently in my weblogs.(*)
Can anybody explain it?
(*)You don't want to know what the most disturbing trend is. Trust me.
(**) UPDATE: Thanks to a tip from alert reader Roger Peng, I have discovered that I have been misspelling the word. The most commonly accepted spelling seems to be "Shipoopi." This explains why there are so few other web pages for "shaboopie." It does not explain why people have suddenly started googling for it.