I can see the searches for techniques and information made on my website–but not in real time, so I can’t help with actual searches. I thought it would be fun to do a post on technique and information searches I’ve noticed in the past month.
Information Searches vs Technique Searches
Information searches are less likely to yield quality results because they aren’t tied to a particular technique, which is how the database is set up. Unless I thought to put a tag in that might be relevant, it isn’t going to lead anyplace relevant to the search. What follows are some searches I found.
Define Reverse Stockinette Stitch: Reverse stockinette stitch (Rev St st) is the reverse side of stockinette, but it is used as the right side. If worked from the right side, each right side row is purled and each wrong side row is knit.
Row 1 (RS): Purl
Row 2: Knit
Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
If working in the round, where work is always done from the right side:
Rnd 1: Purl
Repeat Rnd 1.
A direct link is found with a search for Rev St st or rev st st or reverse stockinette stitch. My database isn’t smart like a search engine, so the more extraneous words you give it the harder it is for it to narrow your search.
Why Judy’s magic cast on: These searches reveal a lot to me! When asked as a question, it would appear that there isn’t an entry for Judy’s magic cast on. This blog post comes up, but it doesn’t have the information sought here. Just searching Judy’s magic cast on will take you to this technique page.
Double moss stitch odd number of stitches: I love this one because it tells me that someone read this blog post and remembered that I’d given very specific information. This related post might be helpful for someone looking for more information on charting.
Knitwear schematics in photoshop: I’ve written two blog posts about schematics, but I do them in Illustrator, not Photoshop. To find my blog posts I had to limit the search to schematics. The first post is about including schematics in a pattern. The other post was probably closer in that it dealt with creating schematics. I’ve never thought to put schematics into tags, or to create a schematics technique page. My search for schematics brought up a couple of patterns whose description stated there was a schematic. I could do a post on why I wouldn’t use Photoshop to do schematics!
What I’ve Learned About Searches
I’ve learned a lot here!
- I have seen how to use tags better.
- I’ve seen a bit of how extra words can limit the search on my website. I’m hoping some of the searchers read this post! When I taught at FIDM, one of the things I often helped students with was doing searches.
- I need to add information both to my database and elsewhere on doing searches on my website.
- I am inconsistent in using terms and need to cross-tag and reference more. There is a lot of work to be done!
I will continue to look for interesting searches to address in blog posts. Looks like I have plenty of work to do on my database.