Because I’m an obsessive country-checking junkie when it comes to my stats (I don’t know if that’s a thing, but if it isn’t I’ve just made it up), I’ve decided to summarise just how international my blog is. I’ve checked my all times hits to see from which countries I have never received a hit and the five from where I receive the most. I started my blog in October 2010 and WordPress introduced the country of origin feature on 25th February 2012 so I can only go back that far. No matter, October 2010 – Feb 2012 is around a third of this blog’s present life.
Here are the five countries from where I receive the most hits:
- United Kingdom
Top four are hardly surprising, really. I’m a little surprised that India beat both Ireland (16th) and New Zealand (19th). If I’d have done this just a month ago, the top two countries would have been switched around. At the beginning of the year, the UK had something like a 2000 hit lead over our American cousins, but for some reason that was slowly whittled away and the USA has just a couple of hundred lead. I think it’s down to my greater participation once again in The Daily Post from WordPress. If you don’t use it, check it out as there are some brilliant prompt ideas and themes to get you writing. There’s also a Community Pool every Monday where you can get feedback on your content or layout of your blog.
The number of countries who visit my blog has also increased this year I think, so maybe alongside TDP, the content is taking on a far more international flavour. It’s all good though! Here are the countries I have never received a hit from. In general north–>south, west–>east order (sort of!) then…
- North Korea (oh, there’s a shock!)
- Kosovo (the only country in Europe with zero hits)
- Western Sahara
- Sierra Leone
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- South Sudan
- DR Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Lesotho (only my eagle eye spotted a tiny gap within South Africa)
- Mauritius (perhaps surprising being such a destination for rich tourists and with one of the free-est governments in Africa?)
- Seychelles (similar)
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
- Falkland Islands
Svalbard (no. 1) and Falklands (no. 43) are semi-autonomous and are listed on the stats as separate countries.
Though a couple of those are surprising, most are not. These are some very poor countries where most people will not have internet access, some have authoritarian dictatorships that restrict it, and others have very low population density, I imagine this pattern will follow most people’s stats. I am surprised at the following though:
- Greenland – just one hit from the world’s least densely populated country by landmass but hey… someone in Greenland read my blog!
- Gibraltar – Just one hit. I know it’s a small island, but it is quite densely populated and the semi-autonomous state is English-speaking
- Afghanistan – Again, just one hit but there you go, more people have visited me from Afghanistan than from the relatively wealthy and free Mauritius
Wherever you’re from, thank you for your continued input and please do keep coming back!