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Funny story about my personal website

I really need to overhaul my personal website, PhoebeRoberts.com. I slapped it together years ago so that it would exist in case anybody wanted to look up me or my work, telling myself I'd improve it later when I had a minute. But I never really got around to it, and as it is, it doesn't look very slick. I'd like to make it look a little more aesthetic and professional. I'm no web designer, but I did put together MrsHawking.com and it looks okay, so I can probably do a little better than the thrown-together version I've got now.

Now I'll tell you a kind of funny story about my personal website. A while ago I wrote a post on Captain America's hair in The Winter Soldier, and it's easily the most popular post on there. It gets more hits and comes up in more Internet searches than any of the others. Sure, it's partially because it's the only one that deals with a popular branded character. But it gets a LOT of hits specifically from people searching his hairstyle in that film.

But what cracks me up is probably NONE of these people are searching for what that post actually is-- an exegesis on what that styling tells us about the character from a narrative standpoint. I'd bet money that every single person searching that wants information on how to imitate that hairstyle, or what to tell their stylist in order to get it. That post has NOTHING in how to do that hair, only what I think that hair "means" as character information. Which is interesting to only the very tiny subset of the population that cares about the semiotics of costume design as a storytelling tool.

It cracks me up that the far and away most popular post in the site is probably enjoyed by literally zero of the people that were drawn to it. 😝

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 16th, 2017 06:47 pm (UTC)
Heheh. I get all kinds of weird search terms on my personal site. Heck, back in college I met somebody because they searched for "Harry Potter slash" and ended up at my blog at the time. (There was not actually any of said topic on my blog, but I did talk about HP and slash... just not at the same time!)

And I apparently am your audience for the semiotics of costume design. (Says the girl who wrote a post on the costume design in Crimson Peak).
Feb. 16th, 2017 06:55 pm (UTC)
Costume nerds unite! I really loved your Crimson Peak post.

I actually wish I got lots of weird search terms leading to my blog. Instead just piles of disappointed people looking for how to cut their hair like Cap! :-D
Feb. 16th, 2017 11:59 pm (UTC)
To be fair, you have some really nice reference photos for people to take to their salon. ...I need to find some equally good ones of Bucky.

I also get hits from people looking for something else. I think my most popular post is one where I listed my favorites from the costumes I had made, but I don't think people are actually looking for that post, they're just looking for Queen Amidala and harem girl costumes.
Feb. 17th, 2017 06:35 pm (UTC)
If there's one thing I'm good for it, it's reference photos of Chris Evans. And your costumes are super cool.
Feb. 17th, 2017 06:39 pm (UTC)
I just tried to "like" an LJ comment. >_
Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:23 pm (UTC)
Could be worse. For several years, the number-one hit on Jane's and my website, out of hundreds of pages we had labored over, was the utterly-boring recipe for Green Bean Casserole. This had no original content to speak of: we had simply copied it down onto the site so we would have it to hand the one time per year she made it. But it turned out to be the top Google hit for the phrase, for some reason, so we would get deluged by hits every Thanksgiving...
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About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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