Did you ever take notice where your visitors originate? I always thought most of my viewers were from places I have never been, but yesterday, I opened an app on my blog to see which states and cities from where they came.
I learned there is a Buffalo, Lewiston, Amherst, Hamburg, and Rochester in Minnesota. The only other Niagara Falls is in Ontario, which I know well.
To my surprise, I have quite a few local viewers, but even more surprising, I have a number from where I am from originally. I did not know I had so many Pennsylvania viewers, especially those from my former hometown. A big “Hi” to y’all.
I have gone out of my way to not really ‘advertise’ my blog locally to those I know, yet the word is out in Buffalo. I was even shocked by how many (lots) are from Niagara Falls too. I guess they are not so interested in these images though!
In a way, this time of year brings an influx of local readers because I photograph so many local gardens and report on the Garden Walks weekly. Some want to see what is happening in their communities.
One thing that also surprised me, was how many countries I have never heard of before. My gosh this made me want to find out where in the world places like Eritrea and Djibouti are located. Now I know they are neighbors to each other and to Sudan and Ethiopia (which I did know).
I was astounded to find out I had many visits (143) from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and 18 different cities/Provinces in that country, some I heard of, others not. I now realize their access to the web must be greater than I thought.
It really makes one think the world a smaller place, a world to hope people have more things in common that can make them work out differences. Finding we may care about the same things, finding we see beauty in the same things can spark a way to respect each other.
I know that is a part of the world I will never visit, yet I know there must be much beauty. Why it is unsafe to visit? What do you think? Congress thinks …
“The truth is that addressing hunger, disease and human misery abroad is a cost-effective way of making America safer at home,” said Rep. Howard L. Berman, California Democrat (2011). Countries like Venezuela, Cuba, China, Syria, and Iran receive some foreign assistance. (source)
Many of these countries don’t even like us either. Do you think US money is a poor substitute for genuine kindness and compassion? Or do you think countries like these deserve or even need our dollars? Getting views from these countries really made me think.
I really learned something about my blog and other places in the world. I hope to share my local nature with those that will never see Niagara Falls and all that it offers.
Happy blogging to those worldwide and a big hi to those in my own area. Now off into the mist… then off to hit the wilderness trails of Niagara, next.