I have a friend who writes a thrice weekly newspaper column. He’s a wonderful writer closing in on three decades of writing smart, sometimes humorous, and always efficient sentences. He could have written that last sentence of mine in half the words and got to the point quicker. When I started blogging 16 months ago, he gave me some inside advice. He told me he always writes his column to one man…just one man. He even told me who the man is and I happen to know him too. The advice made sense.
So, I started out writing to my buddy, George, who I was already exchanging emails with. My emails to George usually were 3 or 4 pages long full of ranting and raving about the crooks on Wall Street, the manipulated stock market or the idiots in Washington. George and I don’t always agree on everything but we do agree that just about everybody is a crook except me and him.
I vowed to stay away from the topics of politics or religion in my blog, and I’ve come fairly close to keeping that commitment. However, I started drifting away from using my “secret reader” George as my writing target. (Don’t hate me George) For a period of months I would write to my mid-west son the professor, or my south-east son the entrepreneur. I thought of them as my target audience. Then I started noticing I had readers from India, England and France and thought I should write more local history things using them as a target…and I did that for a while.
Word Press is a remarkable blogging site; they have so many tools and easy tutorials that make it easy to upload video or pictures or links. They also have statistics. They have statistics on your statistics.
Yesterday, I learned how to dig deeper into the statistics and was floored. I clicked on who has visited my blog in the past seven days and Word Press showed me that folks from 18 different countries had read my blog. Wow! I dug deeper and since the beginning of 2013, I have been read by people from 80 different countries. Now that is mind-blowing. I had no idea.
I’ve been following blogs in France, India, Canada, Australia and Belgium. Each of these blogs is different and catchy and have become just like my morning paper. Now I may be someone’s morning paper in their country.
I never have thought about a “global” readership, but each of these 80 countries I want to visit, learn about their culture, eat their food, make their friendship and write about them. It’s pretty cool that Word Press also lists each little national flag next to the country and the number of reads they did; reminds me of the flags waving as they pour into the Olympic stadiums.
So thanks to my global friends for spending a few minutes with me a couple times a week. I would like to pass along some interesting tidbits about a few of the countries I had to look on the map to find.
I’m happy to see that you, like the USA, became an independent state as a Commonwealth but not until 1968. And as of 1992, you have become a republic inside your Commonwealth state. I understand that the extinct DoDo bird only inhabited your island. Most Mauritians are multi-lingual in English, French, Creole and many Asian languages. You are very young geologically, as the island was formed from volcanic activity just 8 million years ago. So, welcome to my blog, whoever you are dear Mauritian reader and I hope we can meet someday.
it’s a pleasure to have Baltic people read my blog. I didn’t follow up on Baltic history when I was younger because they put Baltic Avenue in a poor area on the Monopoly board. Yet, I understand your country has been performing with good economic growth and maybe you guys can show the EU how it is done. If I visit your fair country, I probably should stay near the Western coast where your summers are cool and your winters are mild. I read that South-Eastern Latvia has recorded the coldest and hottest temperatures ever…that’s brutal. I’m going to drop you down my visitation list just a tad.