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Where do you think you are?

15 Mar

I don’t take a lot of notice of my stats for this blog, sure I check them most days to make sure that people are still reading what I write, but I haven’t really been making any attempts to increase my readership. If more people find my blog then good, but I won’t be losing any sleep over it.

I have however become quite addicted to the latest addition to the WordPress.com stats page, the ability to view which country the visitors to my blog come from.

My plans for World domination were progressing well ....

As you can see people are finding their way to my blog from all over the world, whether this is by accident and whether they find what they are looking for are both different questions.

The numbers themselves are not particularly exciting, but the distribution of visitors is quite interesting. The most popular country of origin is the United Kingdom, followed by the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in that order.

Next up after that are Germany and France, which surprised me. I’m not sure why or how they found their way to my blog, but I hope they found what they were looking for.

Most interesting is the long tail, the likes of Azerbaijan, Albania, Georgia, Latvia, Senegal, Slovakia, Pakistan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Jordan, Japan, Lithuania, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, Colombia and Chile. There are only one or two visitors from each, but it is good to see a stream steady trickle of international visitors coming to see me.

Wherever you call home you are more than welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy your visit.

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BBC buzz likes me

22 Sep

I don’t worry a great deal about the number of visitors my blog gets, I don’t go out of my way to market the blog, but I do keep an eye on my stats, just to make sure that people are still reading my blog and I am not wasting my time.

Last year I encountered an increase in visitors when Who Do You Think You Are? was being broadcast on BBC One last year, and this year was much the same. When I wrote about each episode my number of visitors jumped. I haven’t done the maths, but I would say the number of visitors probably doubled, which for my little blog is not a huge number, but still quite pleasing.

I certainly wasn’t expecting what happened yesterday, which turned out to be the best day ever for the number of visitors to my blog. I knew something was up when I checked my stats in the morning and saw that the number of visitors before about 7.30am was more than the usual pre-WDYTYA? daily totals. The numbers continued to rise throughout they day, and as you can see from the graph below the total ended around four or five times the average.

Stats graph

The reason for this was BBC buzz, which had automatically found my blog posts about WDYTYA? and was displaying links to them alongside the programme information on the BBC website. It appears to be a new feature, and it apparently likes my blog posts.

If I was a professional blogger I would have done something to take advantage of all this new traffic, and I might have done if I wasn’t at work, but it has been a real eye-opener, and makes me think about what I could achieve in terms of visitors if I really put my mind to it.

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