Just took a look at my reader stats, to see where such readers as this blog has come from.
All of the following are based on entities with enough readers to report in the double digits.
By country, the overwhelming majority of readers are from the United States. Well, so am I and it's a big country, so that figures. But runner-up was a surprise. It's a tie. One of the two was not a surprise -- Australia. The two non-US blogs I visit the most are from there (Lito Cruz's and David Schuetz's) so that figures, but the other country in the tie is Norway! Then come Canada and the United Kingdom, our neighbour to the North and the land of my ancestors. There are not enough "unknowns" to change this.
So we've got present or former parts of the present Commonwealth or former empire of Mother England -- and Norway! Well, I grew up in a state with a large number of Norwegian descended people, Minnesota, so as they said growing up -- Velkommen!
By state or province or region, more surprises. Number one by nearly twice over the runner-up was California, United States! What's up with that, Lulu? And the runner-up was not a US state but Ontario, Canada! Starting with third place, in order: OH, MN, NY, IN, FL, IL, NC, WI, TX. Then comes Oslo county, Norway, and Victoria, Australia, which fits with the country stats. Now, there are as many "unknowns" as Californians, so if they were known, things might be different re the US states, but Ontario, Oslo and Victoria would remain.
By city, the "unknown" phenomenon takes over, with Unknown in first place by twice over the runner-up, which is, and which fits with the above, Toronto (which is the capital of Ontario) Canada. Then comes a cluster of Indianapolis IN, Santa Rosa CA, Dayton OH, and Long Beach CA with Oslo, Oslo, Norway and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, right in there with them, which also fits with the above. Even with the high number of city unknowns, I expect the clear overall pattern would continue.
What's funny is, I'm from Omaha, Nebraska and Nebraska barely made mention at all, with just three readers, and, all three of them are from Lincoln down the road, not Omaha. Judas H Priest, I've got more readers from Illinois where I was born but the family moved away in 1953, or from Minnesota, where we moved to and I grew up but haven't lived there since 1972! So I'm back where I started -- Velkommen!
And thanks to all of you for reading.
PS -- here's some stuff I can tell you about you.
Browsers: no surprise, by more than twice over, most use IE 7.0. Then Firefox 3.0.4, IE 6.0, and Safari 1.2
Entry Page: the blog itself, no specific page, by well over 2x. For those with an entry page, it's mostly the Christmas related ones. However, the posts on Lutheran Public Radio/Issues Etc coming back and on Vista really needing 2 GB RAM make a showing. I'm happy to see the posts on Eastern Church/Empire, Western Church/Empire and the Hertz Chumash in there too if trailing behind. Specific entry pages tend to come from searches, for which, vide infra, as they say, or see below, if you don't know anybody who says vide infra, which is highly likely, the art of writing a scholarly apparatus being nearly extinct.
Exit Page: you leave about the same way.
The vast majority come by way of no referring link. The vast majority of those who do come by way of a referring link come from Google searches -- and those searches, consistent with the above, are about Christmas stuff, then Lutheran Public Radio then Vista.
While it doesn't hit double digits, for those coming from other blogs it's primarily Adam at With Fear and Trembling (now an Orthodox blog), Lulu at Lutheran Lucciola, Frank at Putting Out the Fire and the great Vark at Aardvark Alley. Thanks, guys!
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