The stats pages for WordPress includes a map and list of countries where people have viewed your posts. It also includes the option of seeing the all-time lists of where people are viewing your material. The two countries that have viewed these pages the most are not surprisingly, Canada and the United States. The top ten is rounded out by Brazil, Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, India, Russia, Mexico and the Czech Republic. Not bad for a site that specialized in Maritime baseball. Granted, I do expand to other sports from time to time and do some general baseball stuff.
The most intriguing thing is some countries where there are only one or two hits from. These include the likes of Aruba, Guyana, Mongolia, Belarus, Mauritius and “European Union”. I even have hits from Communist countries like China, Vietnam and yes, Cuba. Other countries where I have hits from include (but are not limited to): the UAE, Cayman Islands, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Jersey, Bahrain & Bermuda. In total people from 89 countries (including the ambiguous European Union) have visited since blog since I launched it in 2013. Much of the world is covered, with the biggest holes being Africa and the eastern part of the Middle East.
In case you are wondering, Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean about 2000 km off the coast of Africa. It gets my vote as the most obscure country where a hit has been registered for this blog. The title of this post is obviously a reference to Foster Hewitt’s opening to Hockey Night in Canada, “Hello Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland.” Speaking of Newfoundland, my post on Newfoundland connections to Major League Baseball is another popular post on this blog.
The most recent country to record a visit to the blog is Iceland. Which is strange as I was just thinking the other day, “Wouldn’t it be fun if someone from Iceland visited the blog.” A couple of days later, I registered a hit from there. My ultimate fantasy would be getting a hit from the Pitcairn Islands, that would be wild as the islands are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of kilometers from the nearest civilization. The population of the islands is only 50. Aside from that, it is fun to see where people are viewing this blog from.