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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Where in the World are Peter Files Blog Readers?

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Last year, in our first year of publishing, I was astounded to discover just how many countries our readers came from. Most of course come from the good old USA. This is not surprising since the bulk of early readers came from friends and relatives and friends of theirs.

This would have been in February of 2005. But at some point I included one of those free search engine counters, Site Meter, that gives out the total visitor number that you see near the top of the page. As of this post I'm closing on 30,000 hits, unique visitors, but I don't think I will make it before the year's end.

It includes a map feature that shows the last 100 hits and I've been able to enjoy seeing the effects of different posts and where they have drawn hits from. It was not long before I was regularly getting hits from around the world - but in a small number.

As time went on however, the popularity of this blog grew and hits from around the world grew too so I began to look for a free engine that would actually list the countries that visitors came from and found it in OneStat.

Now I should point out to all of you that there is very limited information that I can get from these services, especially for free from any service of this kind, and that any website or blog can do the same. Check out one of these sites to see what they can get if you are concerned because there is software to block what you are sending out and Firefox has some apps that I think will do the same. Also, if your ISP uses multiple ISP's you may be able to disconnect and reconnect without losing track of where you are in a session.

Before I report what I think is the interesting part, the countries on the list, I should point out the problems with it, that is that the country "Other" is pretty large and that certain probable but not certain hits were probably included with the US. Nonetheless, here is the minimum count from 2005 and 2006 combined.

In 2005 I was visited by users in 111 countries from all around the world. Even Nepal was represented and I wondered if the Dali Lama had peeked in somehow or for some reason. Perhaps he needed a joke for a dinner somewhere? Not likely, but that is the kind of thing that makes you wonder.

When someone made a comment on my blog, I generally attempted to respond back. This led to some interesting conversations. When I was 12 I was very interested in ham radio but only got as far as listening in on short wave radio and sending away for QSL cards, proof that you had actually gotten the signal that broadcasters, big or small would send if you wrote for them in those days. Check Wikipedia if you are interested in this topic.

In 2006, so far, 20 more countries were added to the list, bringing the total up to 131! When I saw the U.S. Virgin Islands today I had a aching desire to escape to there for the warm weather.
Not gonna happen, not unless a lot of you do a lot of last minute purchases through my Amazon.com link. LOL

I noticed also that Iraq joined the list this year. Was it that everything was shot to heck last year? Communications were at a shutdown? Or were our diplomats or others allowed to communicate out through other means? Perhaps it is a sign of improvement. But I find it odd that in a small universe like that that someone found my blog.

Well, peace to all of those on Earth and good heath and happiness, I say. And long lives to all and their children.

Here's the list.

2005 List of Countries
With Someone Visiting
at Least Once

Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Finland
France
French Polynesia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Guam
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Korea (South)
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Libya
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Morocco
Myanmar
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Other-Unidentifiable country not on the list. Could include a friend at the South Pole.
Pakistan
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Romania
Russian Federation
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia Montenegro
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Yugoslavia
Zimbabwe
Sub-Total 111

New Countries Added to the List
Of Peter Files Blog Reader Origins
in 2006 - Preliminary

Algeria
Antigua and Barbuda
Bangladesh
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Costa Rica
Fiji
Georgia
Grenada
Guatemala
Iraq
Jamaica
Kenya
Monaco
Mongolia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Togo
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Total 131+

If you've visited from a country not on this list, PLEASE leave me a comment with your country name. I'll be glad to add you. I will update this list at the end of the year.

Why did the elephant balance himself on the marshmellows?
To keep from falling into the cup of hot chocolate!

Peter, Chief Editor and Spell Wrecker
The Peter Files Blog of Comedy, Satire and Commentary


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