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August 04, 2002
MetabloggingThe Dubious Distinction of Being Shelley

Saturday, Jonathon posted that he's now the top Jonathon in Google. He's also the top ranked Delacour. Mark Pilgrim is top score for Mark as well as the top ranked Pilgrim.

I checked my Google rank and found that I've dropped a spot and am now the number three Shelley at Google, behind Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and the Keats-Shelley Journal, Shelley in this case being Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, a poet who once wrote:

    In the golden lightning
    Of the sunken sun,
    O'er which clouds are bright'ning,
    Thou dost float and run;
    Like an unbodied joy whose race is just begun.

And then there's this Mary Shelley who happened to write an early sci-fi book, called Frankenstein, and whose mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women:

    It would be an endless task to trace the variety of meannesses, cares, and sorrows, into which women are plunged by the prevailing opinion, that they were created rather to feel than reason, and that all the power they obtain, must be obtained by their charms and weakness.

On second thought, I find that I am extremely happy and content to be number three at Google. In fact, considering the company I'm keeping, I'm honored.

(But I'm not happy about being the sixth Powers, behind that ridiculous Austin Powers and some trivial math stuff -- something about powers of ten or some such nonsense.)

Posted by Bb at August 04, 2002 09:39 PM


I'm #1 gary again after a spell at #2 after Gary Fisher bikes, but I'm a lowly 6th Turner after Turner Broadcasting, Turner Classic Movies and TNT. Just need to buy out Ted Turner and I'm there.

Posted by: gary turner on August 5, 2002 06:06 AM

I'm #4 Dorothea. I think I used to be #3.

Really, this isn't much more than a function of name popularity. It's a lot easier to be a top Dorothea than a top Shelley or Gary or Dave, just because there are fewer Dorotheas in general.

I am fond of my name (my mother thought I was nuts when I started using it in preference to Thea), but for reasons other than its relative rarity.

Posted by: Dorothea Salo on August 5, 2002 08:09 AM

On second thought, I find that I am extremely happy and content to be number three at Google. In fact, considering the company I'm keeping, I'm honored.

This might be the classiest response to this whole egoboo bullshit "Which firstname result am I?" I've yet seen. Congrats.

Posted by: jbm on August 5, 2002 10:33 AM

For the unclassiets response pls see

I'm sure someone's already done this but I was bored.

Of course, the formula (Hits/Rank) ensures my high placement.

Posted by: gary on August 5, 2002 11:12 AM

Do you think if I added some meta-tags I could be found above the 10 millionth Frank on the Net?

Posted by: fp on August 5, 2002 07:25 PM

Anita Bora and I have been thrashing over who will be the number one Anita. Neither of us can seem to beat Santa Anita Racetrack.

If Shelleyness were posting more often, I'm sure she'd be rated higher than she is.

Posted by: Anita Rowland on August 6, 2002 09:20 AM

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