Janice Hall Heck

Finding hope in a chaotic world…

Hello, Dear Readers. Who Are You?

BlogEverday[1]Blog Every Day in May Challenge Prompt 27

Write a Letter to Your Readers

Dear Readers,

Almost every writing expert tells us writers that we should know our audience when we write.

But because of Internet and its vast network, our writing reaches farther than we could have ever imagined, so that basic writing suggestion simply doesn’t work.

We bloggers write not knowing who our readers are. We know we have readers because WordPress counts them and gives us fascinating statistical reports.

My favorite report shows a colored map and tells me how many readers/views I have, and from which countries they have viewed my blog.

Wordpress stats

I am not surprised that I have views* in the English speaking countries:  United States (7,198 views), Canada (761), United Kingdom (650), and Australia (390). All four together represent my largest audience. But it is amazing to me that I have had readers in Egypt (38), Saudi Arabia (8), Qatar (8), Brunei Darussalem (3), Occupied Palestine (1),  Azerbaijan (1) Latvia (1), and so many more. (*WordPress counts each view of a post separately. If one reader reads three posts, then views= 3).

Why are you reading my blog? Are you learning English? Are you an expat? Are you an old friend?

I can look at sections of the map and think about specific people who might be reading my blog: Is that you, blogger friend Ellen V. Gregory in Australia, reading my post? In Alaska, maybe its Jim, Linda, Joan, Tina, Sherry, or other people I knew when I lived there. Maybe it’s Gary or Mary Jane in Korea; or Kent, Mary, Tammy, Jenny, Leslie in Hong Kong, my friends from Hong Kong International School. In Germany, it might be my nephew, Bill. In India, it might be my friend, Abraham, or one of his family or church members. Maybe it’s my blogger friend Julie Ferrar in France. I don’t know. It boggles my mind.

Equally interesting are the white spaces on the map: Greenland;  Paraguay, Suriname, and French Guiana, three countries in South America; all the Middle Eastern Countries; many countries in Africa; and Papua New Guinea in the Far East. It makes me wonder. Is Internet available in these areas? Is Internet available but restricted? What interest would they have in my blog anyway?

So dear readers, I am curious about you. My world geography is getting better because of your interest in my blog. Seeing your country colored in on the map reminds of visits that I have made to many of your countries, and I have many more countries on my bucket list for visits, enough to last a lifetime.

But regardless of who you are or where you live, I do appreciate your taking the time to read my blog. I know you have many blogs to choose from (does that sound like the arrival speech from the flight attendants on your favorite airline?), and I appreciate your interest. If you keep reading, I’ll keep writing! To you, my heartiest thanks for visiting.

And if you have a minute, let me know who you are and the name of your country. I look forward to getting to know you better.

The Last Meow.

What about us kitties?  Look at our map. We have fans all over the world. How about that!

INternational cat day map.

Meow for now. =(^;^)=

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16 thoughts on “Hello, Dear Readers. Who Are You?

  1. I enjoy your posts because you not only write well, you and I are in the same age demographic. We have common experiences and I can relate to your posts. I will continue to read them each day! 🙂

  2. Nancy H. Doyle in Northern Colorado. I look forward to your blogs. They are varied, amusing, and informative.

    BTW, wordpress also has a real-time world map that shows a flash of light each time someone floats a blog into the net. It’s amazing! Wish I could remember how to find it. When I do, I’ll share.

  3. California, USA! I read your blog because I like the gentle tone of your posts, the entertaining adventures you and your family have, and the dash of kitty commentary at the end.

    • California. I lived there for a while…south of San Francisco. I still have family in the area so I get out there occasionally. Glad you like my kitties. I love playing with them.

  4. I’m from the Philippines and I have this profound admiration to your blog. I enjoy reading your posts. Really. 🙂

    • Hi Jane, Thank you so much for your comment. I had noted that someone in the Philippines reads my blog and wondered who it was. Now I know! So nice to meet you. I see that you blog, too. I will check your page. Hope to talk to you again. I visited and enjoyed the Philippines (Manila, Cebu, and several islands) several times while I lived in Hong Kong.

  5. Carol on said:

    I have enjoyed your blogs….your sister-in-law in North Fort Myers, FL

  6. Gerard Appert on said:

    Hi Jan!

    It’s me – Jerry – on your blog.

    I find your writing to be very clever and well crafted, but a bit too voluminous for my liking!

    Keep up the good work but maybe, just maybe, you should do less of it!

    Jerry Appert

    • HI Jerry, Thanks for your comment. You will be happy to know that the Blog Every Day in May Challenge is almost finished. After that, I plan to post less! After all, the pool is just sitting out there waiting to be enjoyed, and when I checked today, the temperature was getting close to perfect.

  7. Northern Virginia, USA, which puts me close to Washington, DC.

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