Daily Archives: May 3, 2012

Where my readers live

WordPress recently upgraded their blog stats page, and one thing they introduced is stats by country.  It’s interesting to see where my readers live.  The top 3 are obvious, I think.  After the top 3, some are as expected, while others are a complete surprise.  But here are my top 20:

  1. USA – I’m slightly surprised this is first.
  2. Japan – I thought this would be first, but there is only a difference of 5 visitors.
  3. Canada – It’s where I’m from, and many of my readers are people I know in Canada.
  4. Australia – Another English speaking country.
  5. United Kingdom – Not a surprise.
  6. Singapore – Again, English speaking country, although a tiny one.
  7. Philippines – English speaking yet again.
  8. Indonesia – Seems there are plenty from southeast Asia.
  9. Malaysia – See?  More southeast Asia.  Where are the Europeans?
  10. France – The French like Japanese pop culture, don’t they?
  11. Netherlands – Interesting.  Well, the Dutch were a major player in the early days of European contact with Japan.
  12. Thailand – Back to southeast Asia.
  13. Spain – More Europe.
  14. Russia – A neighbour of Japan’s.  Surprised it’s this low.
  15. Germany – I’ve heard some of my students compare Japanese personality with Germans.
  16. Italy – Italian food is popular in Japan.
  17. Mexico – This one’s a surprise.
  18. India – Lower than I thought.  There are a lot of Indian people in Japan.
  19. Brazil – Also lower than I thought.  A large Brazilian population in Japan.
  20. Tie: Vietnam and South Korea – I honestly thought there’d be more interest in Korea.

So, there we have it.  Any surprises?

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