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Borden’s Blog: A Global Report Card

I was looking back at some blogging stats for 2016 (many of them courtesy of the great WordPress plugin Jetpack), and I thought I would share what I consider one of the most fascinating stats, and that is with the number of countries that have read at least one of my posts.

According to WordPress.com stats, people from 138 different countries viewed at least one of my blog posts.

The graphic above shows the list of the top 10 viewing countries, and at least I’ve heard of all 10 countries, and I think I have a pretty good idea where the country could be found on a map of the world.

Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for many of the 28 countries tied for the bottom of the list, with just one view each:

  • Zimbabwe
  • Bahrain
  • Bermuda
  • Kazakhstan
  • Moldova
  • Barbados
  • Armenia
  • Gambia
  • Mongolia
  • Jamaica
  • Cameroon
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Syria
  • Libya
  • Faroe Islands
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Cape Verde
  • Martinique
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Belarus
  • Gabon
  • Bahamas
  • Paraguay
  • Belize

For example, I’ve never heard of the Faroe Islands or of Côte d’Ivoire, let alone have any idea where these countries are located.

But that’s not my biggest concern.

One thing I’m curious about is which of my blog posts people from these countries read this past year. Was it one or two particular blogs that caught the attention of people in Latvia or Gabon or Paraguay, or was it completely random which blog posts people from these 28 countries read?

Second, I wonder how bored these people must have been to have spent the hours that were probably necessary surfing the web to come across my blog.

And finally, and this is my biggest concern, is realizing how boring those people must have found that one blog post that they read. The fact that they read just one post, and obviously expressed zero interest in seeing what else I may have written (there are 732 blog posts to choose from), makes me realize I have to make sure every blog I write is so good that people want to read more of what I’ve written.

So if you’re reading this, and you are from Côte d’Ivoire, here are some other blog posts you might enjoy:

  1. A Tribute to My Mom
  2. To My Dad
  3. He Likes to Talk about Bowling
  4. A Different Type of Marriage Vow
  5. Our Lamaze Friends
  6. The Ovarian Lottery and Social Issues
  7. My Mom and the Ouija Board
  8. Goodbye Summer Breezes
  9. Time Marches On, So Thank Heaven for Shared Memories
  10. Why Compassion Is Better than Toughness
  11. Congratulations Patty B!
  12. The 7 Lessons I Learned at Graduation
  13. A Tale of Two Basketball Games
  14. How I Met My Wife
  15. How My Twitter Following Went from 250 to 253 in Just One Week!
  16. Why I Don’t Always Root for the Underdog
  17. Why I Didn’t Upgrade to the iPhone 6
  18. Great Customer Service vs. Personal Responsibility
  19. Who’s Your Clarence?
  20. Springsteen Concert Canceled for Lack of Interest!

By the way, even if you’re from the United States, there’s a good chance you have not read some of the above posts, so feel free to click and read.

And one of my goals for 2017 is to get at least person from Bermuda, Fiji, and Martinique to read one of my blogs. If you need me to come visit you to help you find my blog, just let me know…

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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