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Where the Heck is Everybody? Oh! There you are. This is So Cool!

One of my favorite little tools in WordPress is the Map feature.

It tells you where your traffic is coming from.  I expected hits in the USA and Canada, but beyond that was a little bit of a surprise.  There are a few of you out there that I “talk” to all the time, and I never thought about asking where you are.

Here is my hit map for a random day.  Pretty neat, huh?  Not world-wide dominance by far, but really interesting.  I mean, Saudi Arabia?  What’s that all about?

Actually, hoping around blogs I did start chatting with someone in Saudi Arabia, so I at least know where some of those hits are coming from.  Everyone give Anastasia a big hug.  She’s over there in Saudi and misses the simple comforts of home… like basic things we take for granted every day. (Like driving, or riding a bike)

If you want even more detailed standings, and you have a self-posted web-site, you can use tools like ClusterMaps for an even more detailed map.  (This will not work on WordPress)

So, what about all those other countries?  I know you follow, because the hits in places Like Saudi-Arabia, Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand come up every day.

Who are you?  Where are you?  I’d love to meet you!

10,000: Why is that the Magic Number? Welcome to My Madness

I originally wasn’t going to post this, but I changed my mind.  This first part I wrote on February 1st, 2012.  I will continue it below with an update…

Feb 1, 2012

I have officially been blogging for six months.  I don’t want to seem redundant, but I NEVER expected anyone to read me.  Today, my rant ticker is at 5,700.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.

When I reached 1,000 hits, I blogged about it.  I couldn’t believe it.  When I hit five-thousand, it was numbing.  That was just a little over a week ago.  I don’t think I even said anything.  I didn’t want to jinx myself.

Now, for some of you this might not seem like a big deal.  I know there are bloggers out there that get this many hits in a day.  But little old me?

A friend of mine had her blog recently hit 10,000.  I shook my head (I was at 3,000 at the time)  I figured it would be years before I could even think about that number.  Then I had an epiphany.  My numbers were increasing… quickly.  Why?  Dunno.

I just write.  It’s what I do.  Apparently though, you guys like it.  Hits increase, and followers increase.  Blog awards?  You’ve got to be kidding me.

Hi! She waves.  It’s still just me.

I looked at my “background view” and perused the monthly stats from startup July 17th 2011 through today.  I giggled at the astounding average of “seven hits a day” that first month.  The second month had a whopping average of five hits a day.  (Yeah, it actually went down.  Pitiful.)

Then something happened.  I can’t tell you what.  You tell me.

Hi! It’s me… the same person **she smiles and waves enthusiastically**.

Smack me upside the head to make me believe it… I glanced at the numbers.  Even stared for a few minutes.  They forecasted I would hit 10,000 hits by early May.  Before I even hit my one year Blogiversary.

Nope.  Can’t be right.  Not possible.

I looked at it again a few days later, and the stats changed.  Now they forecasted hitting 10,000 by the end of April  (April 29th, to be exact)  My numbers were going up.  My daily hits were up 25-50 percent.  Really?

***she giggles*** Still just me.

Gosh, I wish I could give you the magic potion I drank.  I wish I knew what it was!  I’d drink more (as long as it tasted like green Gatorade)

Again, some may look at this and just laugh at me.  Yes, I am still small time in the eyes of many… But this spunky opinionated lady is pretty dern excited to have so many people stopping by every day.  Thanks so much for following!

—–Well, the reason I decided not to post that, was it sounded too goofy. (and I didn’t want to jinx myself) But this is why I changed my mind…—-

Part two… Written today

Stop reading now.  Look on the upper right of the screen.  “Join the Insanity:  ?????? Minds ranted to date.”

Do you see what I see?  Holy Cow with a capital MOOOOOOO!

And what’s today?  How many days ahead of schedule?

Omigosh.  This is incredibly cool!

I really don’t know why 10,000 was so stinking important, but in my deranged mind it is.  For some reason it makes me feel like I am doing something right.  I don’t know.  It’s crazy, but I like it!

I want to personally thank every one of you.  Thanks so much for stopping by every few days, and thanks for hanging out and adding your two cents to the conversations.

If I was out there, ranting with no one responding, I probably wouldn’t do this at all.  You guys are what makes this special.  I love the friendships I have made, and look forward to new ones.

If you told me last July that I would be here right now, I would have rolled my eyes.

Thanks Guys!  Really.  Thanks so much!