WordPress shows me what people are searching for on Google when they land on my blog. The last few days, the top searches bringing traffic to my blog have been is melissa mccarthy single, melissa mccarthy, and melissa mccarthy emergency?
Why are people searching my relationship status? And, what emergency am I not aware of?
That’s right. You guessed it! It’s the other Melissa McCarthy people are looking for and wondering about. I can only imagine the confusion when these Melissa McCarthy fans are searching for the latest news on their favorite actress and they land on my blog. Their confusion does not bother me any because these baffled fans are bringing a bit of traffic to my site.
Let’s not get too excited, though. These searches are not driving massive amounts of traffic to my site. We’re in the ballpark of 5-10 clicks each day that I can thank Melissa and her fans for.
Sharing the same name as a Hollywood actress does not come with as many perks as you may think. I haven’t been invited to red carpet events, movie premiers, or Sandra Bullock’s house. I did have one gal — the receptionist at a doctor appointment of all places — ask for my autograph. That was just awkward, though. And no, I didn’t give it to her. Well, wait. Yes, I did. On my consent for treatment or whatever that form was.
If I can get three new clicks on my blog just because of my name, I guess I’m okay with that. I just hope I never start receiving hate mail, though. For example, the girl who came to one of my shows thinking Melissa McCarthy was going to be there. She was not happy that Melissa Kay McCarthy, the unknown singer/songwriter, was all the bar could afford. Apparently, from what others have told me, she let the bartender have it before she stomped out.
I’ve received “hate mail” from someone on YouTube who didn’t like that I have a song written with the same title as an Eminem song. You cannot copyright song titles, so his argument was invalid. People find odd things to be angry over, so I expect at some point a Melissa McCarthy fan will be irritated that I’m popping up in the Google search.
Back when The Gilmore Girls was still on television, someone brought it to my attention that there was an actress who was using my name. At the time, I was just starting to book music gigs and decided to use my middle name to separate myself from this actress I couldn’t even point out in a line up. I had no clue she was going to become so well-known.
That was 2006. Here we are in 2015 and we’re both competing for a first page spot on a Google search. In case you’re wondering, she is winning. By a lot.
Having the same name as a famous person isn’t that bad. Especially when it’s someone like Melissa McCarthy. (And, I’d like to give a shout out to my folks for not naming me Jenny!)
I’ve even been able to find some thing Melissa and I have in common.
Melissa McCarthy & Melissa McCarthy Facts
We are both 5’2″.
Her dad is Michael McCarthy. My dad is Michael McCarthy. Neither Michael is Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers.
We both come from an Irish-Catholic family.
She hosted SNL and occasionally I watch SNL.
We’re both from the Midwest.
She’s Melissa Ann McCarthy, I’m Melissa Kay McCarthy — so we both have the same number of letters in our name.
The last episode of The Gilmore Girls aired on my birthday in 2006.
She started doing stand-up comedy and I stand up occasionally.
She has a husband and two kids. I have Netflix and take naps.
We both run with backpacks.
That completes my connection to Melissa McCarthy. Maybe someday I’ll get that invite to Sandra Bullock’s house, but in the meantime, I’m just going to keep blogging about my not-so-famous, but highly entertaining, little life I have here in Wisconsin.
Thank You Melissa McCarthy Fans for accidentally
finding me on Google!