This morning we’re also celebrating 19,000 visits to Ireland by Chance. Thanks South Korea, Pakistan, and India for waking up earlier than everyone else (due to the earth’s rotation) and checking the blog. 🙂
Yesterday’s geography lesson was a hit, so let’s see what we can learn from today’s visitors. It’s hardest if you cover the map above and try to picture each country on the list. For a much easier exercise, try to match each country name with its location on the map. Some of the answers are shown below.
Sitting at home, working on the computer, and listening to nearby church bells ring. Meanwhile my mom sent an email that mentioned:
Had to look up one of the countries on the list! Everyone’s getting a geography lesson!
I decided a geography lesson wasn’t a bad idea.
I’ve included maps of the places most Americans probably can’t find on an unlabeled map. I realize that the names of several of these countries have changed in the lifetimes of both my mom and me. We learned different names when we were in school — so now is a great time to brush up!
I’d had to look up Burundi myself this morning. It boarders Tanzania (where I’ve been twice!?!). It’s to the northwest of TZ. It’s just below Rwanda and is very small.
Cool! I awoke this morning to find two new countries added to my WordPress visitors map: Burundi and Kazakstan.
Look at the size of Kazakstan–it covers a huge area.
Welcoming my first visitor from Sri Lanka today! The holes in the WordPress map for my blog are starting to fill in. I was happy to add Peru and a number of countries in Africa recently. I hope you all will want to keep coming back to read my Fulbright stories….
I’m happy to report that people from three different countries in Africa have found their way to this blog in the past few days.
It appears that some places in the world are more difficult to reach via blog than others: the region around China, the Sahara, and Greenland are still missing from my map. Perhaps that says something about the distribution of population (Greenland and parts of Africa), resources and Internet access (parts of Africa and China), and restricted freedom of information (China)?
In any case, I’ve enjoyed sharing ideas with my African friends ever since my first visit to Tanzania (in 2003). Since then I’ve returned to Tanzania and visited South Africa and Tunisia (all with students) as well.
A highlight of my life experience has been the Fulbright program I conducted in Tanzania in 2005, though I am still working to make sense of many things I saw and experienced.
WordPress does have some fun offerings, like the statistics page which they programmed to prepare an annual report for activity on the Ireland by Chance blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.