! Warning: this post hasn't been updated in over three years and so may contain out of date information.
The web is a fascinating “place” in both the way that it can make the world seem such a small place and the way that people seem to move around pages and end up in all sorts of odd locations. Take this blog as a case in point. I’ve been posting to it for just three months now and due to it being just one of thousands (millions?) of blogs out there, there is no obvious reason to assume anyone would bother reading it. At times this simple reality can make it feel like I’m talking to myself. So I decided to monitor the visitor traffic to see if anyone did visit. Rather than plough through nasty log files or set up a google account to monitor it, I picked one of those drop-in graphical gizmos that various web companies offer.
So four days ago I signed up for a ClustrMaps map, linked to to the site and waited. After four days, I’ve had a total of 68 visitors (not sure if that is unique visitors, I’ve a suspicion that the majority are me if not). Not a brilliant number, but the amount I’d expect after such a short time. The thing that surprised me though were the locations people were from: various parts of Europe, the USA, Canada and even India. It is all too easy to take the world for granted these days, but I still find it really amazing that someone on the other side of the planet might have found their way here.
So if you are one of those people who live outside of the UK and who have stumbled across this blog, please add a comment to this post to let me know where you are from and how you found me.