Are things that slow in Monaco? Apparently
One of the most interesting features that WordPress offers is the ability of users to determine what countries they’re generating traffic from.
Beginning in late February, WordPress, the platform on which I host this site, added a feature which allows bloggers to track visits by country on a daily, weekly, monthly and overall basis.
Some of the viewership statistics for this blog have been rather astonishing, not to mention mystifying, to say the least. It’s not so much total numbers that have me scratching my head, but where the figures are coming from.
The five countries where the Cotton Boll Conspiracy has generated the most traffic is hardly a surprise; the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and India are all English-speaking nations, or, in the case of India, has a significant portion of its population that speaks English.
The next five countries are a little less predictable: Germany, France, Italy, Turkey and the Netherlands. However, English is a popular secondary language in most, if not all, those nations.
Then with Nos. 11-15 it starts to get a bit odd. Visitors from Spain, the Philippines, Brazil, Sweden and Poland have tallied over 1,250 visits between them in less than three months.
There isn’t a whole lot in common with those five nations, as near as I can tell, except that Spain once ruled over the Philippines, and didn’t do a very good job of it, either.
In fact, the entire statistical recap from this point on seems to be one anomaly after another.
According to the WordPress calculations, this blog has gotten more views from Pakistan since late February (177) than Ireland (155), Norway (156) is ahead of New Zealand (150), and Romania (133) is edging out South Africa (132).
The most interesting aspect of this whole affair, though, is how far-reaching the Internet has become, at least as evidenced by the long-distance statistics this penny-ante blog has generated.
Since Feb. 25, it’s registered views from more than 140 counties.
Among nations where visitors have stopped by from: the island nations of Cape Verde, Cyprus, Mauritius, Madagascar and the Maldives; the Caribbean countries of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago; and tiny African nations such as Benin, Malawi, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.
Viewers from 12 of the 15 former Soviet “republics” have stopped by, as well, with all but Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan represented.
WordPress even shows viewers from a handful of “outpost” locales, including:
- Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands;
- Macau, the former Portuguese colony that is now a special administrative region of China;
- The Falkland Islands, the South Atlantic archipelago that the Argentines try to wrest from the British every so often;
- The Netherland Antilles, which may or may not still be part of The Netherlands; and
- The Faroe Islands, a self-governing country under the sovereignty of the Denmark located in the North Atlantic.
So what does it all mean? Good question.
At first glance, it would seem to indicated that things are really, really boring in some parts of the world. What else can one take away if folks in Mozambique, Tajikistan and Fiji are turning to this blog for entertainment?
Then again, perhaps their entertainment comes from seeing what appears on this blog, not the quality of the content. Yet, it seems hard to believe that whether one is a yak herder in Mongolia or a baccarat dealer in Monaco there’s much to draw in individuals from some of the more distant regions of the globe.
Yes, the Internet exists just about everywhere nowadays, but the fact is that much of the world is still too busy trying to survive to find time to surf the web, never mind spend a few precious minutes on the aimless ramblings of a 40-something whose main interests are history, hockey, reading, NASCAR, fishing and, most important, spending time with my wife and kids.
Then again, stranger things have happened.
Now, how to break into that coveted demographic of Zambia and Zimbabwe and that lovely country that used to be called Zaire?