When I began this blog two and a half years ago, I really had little idea what I was getting into. From time to time, it’s been a steep learning curve, but one I’ve been happy to engage. The feedback I get from you makes it rewarding, and the people at WordPress who host this and thousands of other blogs give marvelous technical support. I’m not here to promote WordPress, but I especially appreciate that they provide a great spam filter and easy-to-access statistics on MacroChef’s readership. One drawback up to now has been that it was difficult to determine where, geographically, all of you are located. Last week they pretty much fixed that. They now provide minute-by-minute updates to let me know, by country, where my readers are.
And that’s been a revelation. Of the eighteen hundred or so views this past week, well over half were located in the U.S., but many others view MacroChef from other prominent English-language countries such as Canada, Australia and the U.K. What’s been surprising to me, however, is that the remainder of MacroChef’s readership is spread out among more than fifty countries. Would you believe that the country with the sixth most views this past week was Saudi Arabia? The Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, India, the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation also provided dozens more readers, while countries such as Uganda, Macedonia, Bengladesh and Bolivia accounted for one view each. Of course, I recognize that these statistics represent views, many of them generated from search engines such as Google, and not full-time readers. Never-the-less, it is gratifying to know that a diversity of people can find their way here, helped by the fact that English is such an international language.
While writing this blog is for me something between a hobby and a part time job, I do take MacroChef’s mission seriously. Among other improvements on my agenda, I hope to make the many recipes easier to find. In any case, whether you read this blog regularly or only once, it’s great to know you’re out there. Please feel free to let us know who you are, and where you are. Welcome to MacroChef, and come back again soon!
Update: If you click on “comments” (upper left side of the post), you will find out who some of the other MacroChef readers are, and where they live. Thanks to everyone for commenting!
Illustration: World map first published in Antwerp in 1570, from the Library of Congress (via Wikipedia)