Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Six continents heard from.
Despite what the little map thingy over there in the sidebar may say, this blog has now had visitors from six continents in the six weeks or so since I installed the little map thingy. I am amazed! But red dots indicating visitors from Brazil, Argentina, Aruba, Israel, China, India, and Mongolia have now disappeared. Does anyone know how long the red dots stay? They are a fickle lot, I must say.
An interesting fact about the little map thingy is that New Zealand does not appear on it at all. But this blog has been visited a couple of times by New Zealanders (Hi, Katherine!) and their flag showed up, but their red dot did not.
Who lands on what is a fascinating study in itself. One of the most surprising trips through cyberspace occurred a couple of days ago when a visitor from Uganda landed on a post of mine about Ira Gershwin and a song he wrote called “Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Moon”!
Here is a list, in alphabetical order, of the flags I have seen in the live traffic feed:
Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.
That’s 35 countries. I managed to save most of the flags on my hard drive, and I would show them to you, but that requires more work than I want to do at the moment. Suffice it to say that when I began keeping track of visitors I had no idea that so many people from so many places would find their way here.
I suppose I must be satisfied with six continents. The seventh one, Antarctica, is uninhabited. But I’m still hoping to see Iceland and Ukraine and Sweden and Uruguay and Nepal and Hungary and Ghana and Chile and Zimbabwe and....
Update, 1/20/2009. Chile showed up as if summoned, barely after I got the words in the previous paragraph onto the screen. Ugandans may like Ira Gershwin, but Chileans apparently go ga-ga over Beethoven. Who would have thought? Perhaps I should not make such sweeping generalizations from such a small statistical sample. --RHB
Update, 1/24/2009. Finland, South Africa, and Hungary have also showed up here in the last four days. Thirty-nine countries to date. I’m seriously considering applying for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations, unless the nod has already been given to Caroline Kennedy. --RHB