The Wine & Whale Blog Experiment

Ok a weird thing happens whenever I post a blog containing the word ‘whale’. Blog hit rates go through the roof.

The latest version of WordPress statistics confirms this.

Way more hits than any other term tagged amongst my occasional blogs. It occurs to me there are a lot of people out there interested in whales. More than I ever would have imagined. For comparison sake, the word ‘wine’ appears far more often in my blogs. Yet the hit rates on ‘whales’ is about 100 fold (maybe I should have started a whale touring business, not a wine touring business?).

I find this odd because there are a heck of a lot of wine appreciators out there. Just have a look at the number of wine Twitter’s! Apparently everyone’s a wine journo these days. Not so many whale tweets, bleeps or sonar pings by comparison.

So here goes …… lets blog two uselessly interesting facts. One about wine and one about whales. And I’ll tag the blog with a few well known varieties of whales ( Humpback, Southern Right, Sperm ) and wines ( Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir ).

Whale fact #1
The voice of the blue whale is one of the deepest voices on the planet. It is so powerful that it can travel 100 kilometres underwater.

Wine fact #2
Thomas Jefferson helped stock the wine cellars of the first five U.S. presidents and was very partial to fine Bordeaux and Madeira.

Let’s see what happens. The result, other than producing utterly useless information, unlikely to be used in a Freakonomics reference, will likely only be interesting to me. I’ll update the result occasionally in this blog piece.

And anyone reading this who has come to me via my website and considering booking a tour with me, my message to you is don’t panic! I’m not a statistic counting nutbrain intent on boring with facts on figures while on tour. This is actually just a frivolous way of directing unintended traffic to my website and creating a stronger web presence with Google. Lateral web marketing.

And finally, let’s just hope the reference to ‘Sperm’ whales is not the highest ranking hit!

About Margaret River Discovery Tours
Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.