So I was PRETTY proud of myself. After reading that shockingly bad and poorly written piece from New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, The Lady and the Tiger, I decided to do a little critique of the critique-er. My gift to you, “EPIC FAIL: MAUREEN DOWD (NYT) GOES IN ON DESIREE ROGERS AND TIGER WOODS”, basically revealed in that column, Maureen decided descriptive snarkiness was much more important than making a cohesive argument. Furthermore, the personal attacks came across as jealousy of Desiree “the most beautiful 50 year old woman in the world” Rogers and “I guess he is black – CHEETAH!” repulsion of Tiger Woods.
Now I know a little about the ins and outs of Google. After submitting my blog to the search engine a couple of years ago, my website did disappear momentarily, but I found out that was normal and it subsequently reappeared. However, this situation is a little different. I published the Dowd/Rogers/Woods piece on Sunday night and for the next 48 hours or so I received a HIGH number of hits for the post(at least high for my site) and consistently ranked very high (at least top ten) on the Google searches for: “maureen dowd desiree tiger”, “maureen dowd lady and the tiger” and so forth.
After seeing that the hits dropped off quite a bit this morning, I decided to check out my ranking using the previous queries logged by my web hosting company, Squarespace. My page did not show up anywhere! So I decided to search “chocolate chiq maureen dowd” and “EPIC FAIL: MAUREEN DOWD (NYT) GOES IN ON DESIREE ROGERS AND TIGER WOODS” which would have surely pulled up that specific page…NO DICE. What I did get was the post title as a part of another blog post on my site, but not the actual web page, and a result listing from Global Grind where I posted the article yesterday.
So now my ego is expanding…was my piece that good that it had to be yanked from the great portal to the internet? Was it New York Times or Maureen Dowd herself? Or was it simply a glitch in the ginormous machine we call Google? I don’t know, but I’m gonna find out. Stay tuned.
**Update** About 8 hours after I first noticed the web page was missing, it reappeared in Google’s index. I did submit a question to the Google Webmaster’s Help Forum, so that may have corrected the situation.