Friday, January 28, 2011

Googling Oneself - The Art of Ego

So I had to laugh this morning, I have two "Google Alerts" set up, one for my name & one for the title of my book.  Whenever someone posts something about my book or my name on the web, I get an email in my inbox that says something like "Web - 3 new alerts..."

And today's google alert where my name has appeared?  Student sites about Greek Gods.
Well, I'm honored.  I hadn't realized I had moved up so far in the world.

I did go to the site and it's also a huge advertisement for mozzarella cheese.

Though there's definitely a poem in this.  The website where I'm listed is one of those spam websites to get ad dollars by mixing words and links together. A favorite combo is the "Sea World Water Park" mixed with "and Nordic Gods."  Though I also love "Facts about Camel Spiders" mixed with "Lesson plans for Ancient Greek Gods and Powerpoint format for Rags to Riches Stories About Women."

Here's my showing:

"Mt St Helens Facts About Name - at Mycenaean and Minoan sites is While the age About Kelli Russell Agodon 3   Trivia About Philippine Constitution - of gods often has been of more interest to contemporary students of"
I especially like the "3" after my name, reminding me that there have been many Kelli Russell Agodon's throughout history as I have such a common name. 
By the way, if you haven't created a Google Alert for your name or your book or your ex-boyfriend various interests you may have, you can do so signing into Google then choosing "more" in the upper left corner, scroll down to "even more" and that will get you to a page where you'll see Alerts.  
You can create an alert on anything you are researching or interested in. I also have one for "crab creek review" in case anyone blogs about our literary journal.  
Google Alert catches most postings, it will occasionally miss one, but it's a pretty good way to see what's being said about you or your book on the web, and especially wonderful to see if you've become a new Greek god or part of an advertisement for cheese.  Who knew?



  1. "it's also a huge advertisement for mozzarella cheese."

    The rich get richer. Love it.

  2. I think I'd rather be a cheese. Those Greek gods were pretty grim. :)

  3. Here's some nice poetry to read and politics too:

  4. I got a chuckle out of reading your post...also have friends who have installed this and they say for the most part it helps...not sure why people do the advertising and corporate money in it really...ummm cheese


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