The “views by country” application on WordPress holds endless fascination for me. As I’ve said before it’s a reminder of how small the world has become in the digital age and how one does not need a multi-million-dollar book deal or internationally syndicated column to have a reach that spans the globe. Since my last update, we’ve now filled in the entire north coast of Africa, all of South America save Guyana and French Guinea, Belarus finally got on board to complete the Eastern European bloc and the U.S. has regained the all-time lead from Canada following last June’s spike (thanks neighborinos!)
I wonder about some of the countries where the total number of views is in the low single digits. What were they looking for, did they find me by happenstance, and did they at least enjoy what they stumbled upon? I wonder about those nations where the Internet is guarded tightly by the government and who seem to be, at least for now, the Holy Grail in terms of getting a blog hit – places like China, Iran, Cuba, North Korea. (Don’t know what Greenland’s excuse is.) We know that in those countries, a privileged few do indeed enjoy unrestricted Internet access so the possibility exists. There was an interesting article released last week about Jimmy Dushku, a 25-year-old American who for whatever reason is one of three accounts being followed by North Korea’s official Twitter account. Though considering what goes on in that despotic mess of a country, I can’t say I’m that eager to fill my map in.
What’s the scoop, fellow WordPressers – anybody out there get a hit from somewhere completely unexpected?