One of the cool things about blogging…

I checked the site statistics today to see where my visitors come from. I think it’s one of the coolest features of WordPress, especially when they render that little map showing the countries, color-coded for traffic volume. One country I noticed as absent, especially when looking at the map, is China – how can 1/4 of the world’s people have NEVER looked at my blog, when I’ve gotten hits from places as diverse as Cuba, Cambodia, and the Palestinian Territories? Then I talked to a friend of mine in China, who told me that the Chinese government blocks all blogs at the Great Firewall of China. So clever Chinese users have workarounds and relays they can connect to to read blogs. He demonstrated it for me, and sure enough, my traffic went up in some other country that day (I think it was France, but hard to tell). So I do have Chinese readers, they’re just not showing up as such.

So here’s the alphabetized list of countries and hits. I am using the names of countries as provided by WordPress – if there are any objections to these names, I apologize.

Afghanistan 15
Albania 2
Algeria 2
Argentina 53
Australia 584
Austria 169
Azerbaijan 4
Bahamas 1
Bahrain 8
Bangladesh 4
Barbados 1
Belarus 20
Belgium 104
Bolivia 2
Botswana 1
Brazil 175
Bulgaria 21
Cambodia 31
Canada 614
Chile 6
Colombia 77
Costa Rica 4
Côte d’Ivoire 1
Croatia 11
Cuba 1
Cyprus 1
Czech Republic 41
Denmark 28
Djibouti 1
Dominican Republic 4
Ecuador 8
Egypt 86
Estonia 1
Ethiopia 1
Finland 14
France 339
Gabon 1
Georgia 4
Germany 325
Greece 88
Guadeloupe 2
Hong Kong 45
Hungary 79
Iceland 16
India 144
Indonesia 51
Iraq 8
Ireland 40
Israel 18
Italy 234
Jamaica 1
Japan 59
Jersey 2
Jordan 2
Kenya 1
Kuwait 5
Latvia 2
Lebanon 3
Lithuania 18
Luxembourg 14
Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 4
Malaysia 90
Malta 3
Mauritius 2
Mexico 118
Moldova 6
Montenegro 4
Morocco 10
Myanmar 33
Nepal 2
Netherlands 202
New Zealand 49
Nigeria 6
Northern Mariana Islands 2
Norway 33
Oman 16
Pakistan 16
Palestinian Territory, Occupied 2
Panama 4
Paraguay 1
Peru 19
Philippines 105
Poland 80
Portugal 42
Puerto Rico 5
Qatar 9
Republic of Korea 40
Romania 37
Russian Federation 136
Saudi Arabia 36
Serbia 17
Singapore 83
Slovakia 14
Slovenia 46
South Africa 19
Spain 373
Sri Lanka 4
Sudan 16
Sweden 63
Switzerland 33
Syrian Arab Republic 4
Taiwan 14
Thailand 110
Trinidad and Tobago 2
Turkey 29
Ukraine 24
United Arab Emirates 10
United Kingdom 781
United States 10001
Uruguay 5
Venezuela 8
Viet Nam 45
Yemen 1

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