Saturday, November 26, 2016

Who reads me

Blogger has made some changes to its site. I was drawn to look at my blog stats. These figures are page views, that may just come up in a google search and the person could click away within a second, so they are not readership. I find it very interesting and at times puzzling as to why I am read so much in some countries. Australia and the US are as I would expect.

But next is Germany with an unexpected high figure! Why? Two people on my blog list speak German, that I know of, but not not normally at home. A couple more have German heritage. Does not make any sense to me. Could it be that I picked up readers when we were in Germany or Germans google German things and I might have mentioned a place or item in a post. Gee, we were only in Germany for a few days.

France is also an oddity. Could the high readership there be because I at times comment on the blogs of two Americans who live in France? How many French readers do they have? I wouldn't have thought that many.

The UK, disappointedly low, as is Canada.

Russia and the Ukraine? Again, why? China is on the high side too. With one dedicated reader in Poland, even that figure seems high.  Ah well, such is the information superhighway. Take a look at your own blog stats and wonder.

Australia               401,536

United States        360,490

Germany               205,140

France                     67,345

United Kingdom     54,000

Russia                      49,515

Ukraine                    12,399

China                        10,720

Canada                        6,935

Poland                         6,442

31 comments:

  1. I have often wondered myself. Russia and China are high in my readership too.

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    1. EC, it must be that the KGB and the Ministry of State Security in China are watching us.

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  2. Andrew love from Poland. I love your post the cheerful and sad ones.

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    1. Thanks Gosia. It is good to know you.

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  3. Most of my readers come from US not Europe

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    1. Given you write in English, I suppose that is understandable.

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  4. Anonymous8:27 am

    I live in Thailand so I must be there somewhere. Maybe too small to notice. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I think I have more readers in the Congo than Thailand, but thanks for waving the Thai flag.

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  5. A very familiar list, Andrew! Because I write largely about Europe, Britain and the entire British Commonwealth, my list is totally expected.

    1.United States
    2.Australia
    3.United Kingdom
    4.Germany
    5.France
    6.Russia
    7.Canada, then quite a leap down to
    8.Norway
    9.India
    10.Ukraine

    What I did not expect that some topics (eg Californian Bungalow: Australia's Favourite Interwar Home) would each have 100,000 readers. And some topics I loved (eg Agatha Christie's greatest mystery: her husband's sex life) would each have only 8,000 readers.


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    1. Hels, you list is quite interesting, but as you say, not surprising. While I know what subjects can push buttons, I often find my more careful and researched posts seem almost unnoticed whereas something I dash off in five minutes can 'go off'.

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    2. Probably because something dashed off in five minutes has a more personal feel, while the researched posts can be similar to reading a google page or history book.

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    3. I agree River.

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  6. I was away from my blog for a few days now it has changed, that confuses me, I must check and see who reads me I never worried about it before.
    Merle................

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    1. Merle, it seems to work all the same, but looks a bit different. Yes, do have a look at who your statistics. I'd be interested to know. It will mostly be Australia, I think, but there might be something there to surprise you.

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  7. I don't care about the stats, people drop in and move on, but I have quite a few "followers" pictured on my side bar and I often wonder are they there so they can say they follow xx number of blogs, or do they actually read my posts and if they do, why not comment?

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    1. River, I agree entirely with what you say, rather like people want to have huge numbers of Face Book friends. Once I cleaned up my followers list after a religious nutter started following me.

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  8. I blog for fun and for my sanity. For this past week people came from
    1. United States, oh wish tell me states (622)
    2. Germany
    3.France
    4. China
    5. Poland and Australia tied.

    I never know which social media I will link my blog to...but this week quite a few came from facebook.

    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I would guess you are not widely read in Texas or Florida. China in your list surprises me.

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  9. France has a lot of UK and Australian residents that may have found your blog through ours, but many French people read English, too. Some have even told us they read our blogs using Google Translate.

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    1. Walt, I think you must have a huge number of readers who don't comment, French and native English speakers. I doubt that I have gained readers from my comments on your blogs. Your and Ken's posts are succinct and nicely crafted. An easy read. Just occasionally I think it would be nice if you were a bit emo, which might actually apply to myself too. I expect you understate your stardom in your small village. I would guess you have many locals who read the translation.

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  10. I hadn't looked in quite awhile, but I see US is number one, and France number two. Germany, Netherlands, S. Korea, China---a few. Australia is next to last in page view numbers last week.

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    1. Strayer, that you have such international readers is a little surprising. Where did South Korea come from?

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  11. Well you've got us all looking now Andrew 😀 I never really take the time to look at state but it really is interesting to see where most of the views come from. For me it's US, France, Australia,Canada, Germany,UK, Belgium,Singapore,Ukraine and Poland. I can understand the Singapore factor, because a lot of Singaporeans come to Perth to have pre-wedding photos taken.. hmm! interesting.

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    1. Grace, Ukraine and Poland in your list surprises me. Clever of you to think about weddings. I wonder if that is why I get the Chinese hits.

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  12. I forgot the Netherlands in there somewhere 😀

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  13. Yes I do wonder this too from time to time. This weeks list is: United States, Australia, Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Finland & Russia. No real surprises there apart from Ukraine. It seems to rate quite highly on a lot of blog stats by the look of it.

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    1. CM, Finland seems a bit odd in your list. Ah, the global village.

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  14. Interesting places so Google says - mine as similar but Finland is not mentioned and there is a comment from a couple of Finish people on my blog often....so it makes me wonder how true all of the places that Google say visit.

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    1. Margaret, I think you are right to be cautious about the stats.

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  15. I have always assumed the high Russia count is because that's where all the cyber crime and identity theft is coming from and they have millions of bots crawling the web looking for weak entry points - personal blogs linked to Facebook are probably a gold mine of information. I could be wrong of course!

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    1. Jackie, that may well go for a high Chinese and Ukraine count too.

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