It took a while to reach this milestone, but sometime during the early morning, my blog ticked past 1,000,000 views. While a million is just a number, like any other, I wanted to pause and reflect. The neat thing about the internet is that a single person’s work can now be viewed all over the world. Yes, there is more noise than ever, but the odds would have been slim, for my work to viewed a million times, pre-internet.
WordPress.com, where this blog is hosted, has some interesting statistics. The details only go back to February 2012 (I started this blog in July 2010) but as you can see from the world map graphic, nearly every country in the world has visited this site. The biggest gap I see, in the middle of Africa, is Chad.
No surprise that I have the most views from the United States, but surprisingly only about 40%. I’m gratified that my work is also seen internationally. Perhaps people around the world have found something in common with my life in Austin. I do believe we are more alike than different.
Not shown in the bottom twenty, is North Korea with 3 views. North Korea, for me, is a proxy for a remote and isolated place. Hong Kong made the top twenty at 9000+ views but Mainland China also has a respectable 548. Does this mean the great internet firewall of China is not blocking access to my site? Or is it that only certain government officials have special access? It’s fun to speculate about these distant places.
To all the people of the world, a big thank you for visiting.
I have more plans for this site. I hope you find my work interesting, amusing or at least a distraction from whatever you need to be distracted from. See you again, soon.
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