May 12, 2009

Yeah, But I'm Huge in Finland

In the 1970s, there was an LA rock band called Sparks who played local clubs and only got on the radio on Rodney Bingenheimer's show on KROQ. They'd tell their LA friends, however, that they were big in Europe, but nobody in LA would believe them. So, they finally started dragging their friends to places frequented by tour buses full of German tourists, like the Farmer's Market or Graumann's Chinese, where they'd be swarmed over by European autograph seekers.

Now, Google Trends has a page where you can look up how often and from where your name is searched.

All I can say is: I'm a blog god in Finland.

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34 comments:

Blode0322 said...

They'd tell their LA friends, however, that they were huge in Europe, but nobody in LA would believe them.Telling your friends you're big in Europe is one of those things, true or not, that just sounds like "the check's in the mail" or "the check must have gotten lost in the mail". Maybe the fraction of obscure American bands who are huge in Europe is equal to the fraction of letters the post office loses.

Big Bill said...

Nothing for "Razib Khan". Nothing (much) for "William Saletan". Nada for "Larry Auster" or "Lawrence Auster"

RWF said...

Entering "Child Porn" reveals that it is a particularly popular search term in South Africa and Indonesia whereas "Goat Sex" is popular in Pakistan and India.

Outland said...

Them Finns probably mixed you up with Sinbad or something.

hulq said...

Do you think it has something to do with the similarities between between your thinking and that of fallen Finnish internet hero Ilkka Kokk-in-something-or-other?

Anonymous said...

The British equivalent is, or was, big in Japan. One band even called themselves Big in Japan - though whether they actually were big in Japan, I don't know.

Chuck said...

Steve,

roissy brought up that he gets a lot of hits from finland...and i notice that i get an inordinate amount from there as well on my small blog...

a reader at roissy's a while back said something about the way servers are set up there, perhaps wireless systems or cell phone systems show the origin as Finland even though the sites weren't accessed from Finland.

i'm not technical like that so i don't know how these things work, but it sounds like a pretty good explanation.

Ronduck said...

If you click on the United States link on the Google page you linked to you find that you are most searched for in Washington DC.

Anonymous said...

Sparks are a great band. Still around and releasing good albums. They recently had a series of concerts in London where they played every one of their albums, one per night.

I'd love to see more details about which states/counties in the country provide your highest and lowest number of clicks.

slimbo said...

The top three cities that search for you are Arlington, VA, Wash D.C., and New York, in that order. Arlington, VA is a suburb right across the Potomac from DC and home to many of the DC punditocracy, party hacks and flacks, elite bureaucrats, lawyers, etc. It's a wealthy area, at least the North part is. The South part is largely Hispanic. This indicates what you've suggested before, Steve, that many pundits and politico types read you than they'd ever admit or acknowledge.

DC and New York are also the major centers for the media/political overclass, of course. No surprise if many of these people read you under the radar.

Skip G. said...

Hmmm, Satan is big in Turkey!

Ronduck said...

Arlington, VA is a suburb right across the Potomac from DC and home to many of the DC punditocracy, party hacks and flacks, elite bureaucrats, lawyers, etc. It's a wealthy area, at least the North part is. The South part is largely Hispanic.

This also provides graphic proof that without our overclass, we wouldn't have an underclass.

Anonymous said...

I miss Rodney on the Rock

Anonymous said...

I can understand DC and New York, bot San Fran? There must be alot of closeted Sailer fans by the bay.

AmericanGoy said...

"Your terms - americangoy - do not have enough search volume to show graphs."

I am a sad panda :-(

Richard Hoste said...

Richard Lynn is also number 1 in Finland. The IQ researcher who wrote "IQ and the Wealth of Nations" with him was the father of a major politician.

nozick said...

Google stats are relative, so Finland being ranked first does not mean that you get more hits from Finland than the US, but rather that your share of all searches from Finland is larger than your share of all searches from the US.

There might be several reasons for your relative popularity in Finland. A couple of possibilities:
1) The father of your current prime minister is the co-author with Richard Lynn for the book "IQ and the wealth of nations". This has generated some discussion on IQ and race.
2) Finland has done very well in OECD's PISA education research program. This has generated discussion on education, IQ, etc.
3) Immigration has been a hot topic in Finland during the last couple of years as the number of refugees from eg. Somalia and Iraq has rapidly grown.

BTW. I am a Finnish reader of yours.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Finland and I check your blog every day. Maybe that is why you are so high in the statistics :).

Tatu Vanhanen (who wrote the book with Richard Lynn) is the father of the prime minister of Finland (Matti Vanhanen).

Jason said...

How many social policy blogs include anecdotes about the Mael brothers? Posts like this might explain your readership in Finland. The Finns are a quiet, reserved people given to occasional outbursts of delightful oddness. For example, Metallica cover bands with cellos and the world air guitar championship. It doesn't surprise me that they'd find you a kindred spirit.

Anonymous said...

I've just done the same search on Malcolm Gladwell.

Finns don't care about Malcolm.

Look also at the different US city rankings compared to Steve.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Tatu Vanhanen (who wrote the book with Richard Lynn) is the father of the prime minister of Finland (Matti Vanhanen).

Unfortunately Matti is as PC as all the other politicians.

Finnish Premier Apologizes For FatherB.B.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Jared Taylor is most popular in New Zealand.

I guess it figures. They have a big and rapidly growing non-European population in that country, too.

Richard Hoste said...

"Unfortunately Matti is as PC as all the other politicians."

At least he's consistent. Look at what the article says about the father...

"In his interview to a publication of Helsingin Sanomat, the professor who taught at the University of Tampere, said evolution made Europeans and North Americans more intelligent than Africans. He also said African poverty is not the fault of the white man...In his interview, Tatu Vanhanen also said he favors economic solidarity toward poor countries and hoped immigrants in Finland would inter-marry and assimilate into the population at large."

So he thinks that Africans are less intelligent and doomed to poverty, but he wants them to intermarry and give those bad genes to the Fins? I hope I'm missing something here (maybe he was only talking about Eastern European immigrants?) because "IQ and the Wealth of Nations" was a great contribution to human though.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe you, Steve. But if you want to take me to Finland to prove it, I prefer July...

Mike said...

You have limited view of God.

Anonymous said...

Spinal Tap was really big in Bulgaria.

Anonymous said...

I googled a few kinky words and was surprized to find some small countries on top.

Anonymous said...

Can Finnish readers tell us how much public discussion there is on race and IQ?

Sideways said...

Speaking of Gladwell, he was on ESPN.com today, suggesting, among other things, that the draft should be eliminated in the NBA. Does he ever think anything through?

And I've just got to quote him writing this

"Or suppose you're the T-Wolves, and you've been a doormat for years. You could say, "From now on we're a clean-living, Christian organization. We have prayer meetings before every game. We are home by 11. We never do drugs." Then you'd have the inside track on every clean-living college basketball player in the country. Are there enough quality religious players out there to win a championship? There must be! (By the way, why has no one ever put together the all-time clean-living starting five? And how great a name for a franchise is the "Minnesota Christians?")"

I (don't really) wonder what Gladwell would say once basketball players were sorted out to teams by personality and lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

I typed in 'Ron Jeremy,' and the results are strikingly similar to yours, Steve. All I can conclude is that the Fins' interest in 'biodiversity' extends to all facets of the human condition.

Anonymous said...

Where is Testy commenting on SWPL's in Finalnd?

Anonymous said...

I tried olympic games and it turns out this search term is most popular in New Zealand but the highest ranked language is turkish.

Anonymous said...

Can Finnish readers tell us how much public discussion there is on race and IQ?Some, but not much. There was of course more when Tatu vanhanen published his book and also with the PISA results.

The discussion is more active in the Internet concerning humanitarian immigration and the state of freedom of speech in Europe. There is currently couple of cases in court about these issues, namely the cases of Mikko Ellilä and Jussi Halla-aho.

Let's just say that IQ is somewhat loaded subject at the moment an very few people are willing to touch it. Academic discussion is OK but even Vanhanen was investigated for incitement to racial hatred because of what he said in a magazine interview. Nothing came of that, obviously, but the finnish hate speech laws mean that you have to tread carefully around the subject.

pun the librarian

Our Man in Helsinki said...

Them Finns probably mixed you up with Sinbad or something.Nah, the reason is me telling everybody who reads Jussi Halla-aho to read Steve Sailer instead. :-)

I'm from Finland and I check your blog every day. Maybe that is why you are so high in the statistics :)There's one problem among the race/IQ/anti-immigration people here in Finland: they often don't know that U.S. neocons are totally pro-immigration. Some of these Finnish anti-immigration bloggers even supported Bush and the Iraq invasion (thanks for the refugees, Dubya!). They're also huge fans of Israel, like most of the European "anti-jihadist" crowd.