Mysterious internet tendencies

i check my blog statistics regularly.  Which generates far more questions than answers for me:

  • Why do i have clusters of readers in Pakistan and in the Philippines?
  • Why do i get so many people finding the blog thru image searches?
  • Why are there some many people who found me by searching for just “Red“

So the other day i come in to look at traffic, which has been a bit down recently and i see that there are over 2000 hits for the day on an old post (which i might get 400 or 500 on a popular post most days).  And as i look more carefully, these are all coming in thru an image search for “Bart Map and Schedule”. And when i check further, completely inexplicably to me this image which i put up in that post

How did this end up as number 1 in yahoo.images?

How did this end up as number 1 in yahoo.images?

is now ranked number one on Yahoo Images if you search for “Bart Map and Schedule”.  And almost as quickly as it came up, the traffic from this vanished in the days following this promotion. The image remains in its top ranked position, but the traffic spike abated.

This is an image i stole from the regular BART site, as i presume hundreds of other people have.  But for mysterious reasons i have been promoted to this top spot.