I don’t spend a lot of time on these comparisons but I do keep track. Wordpress tracks your stats for you, your traffic. Or to be clear, WordPress, the host site for this blog, tracks the traffic on this blog, my blog, for me. One cannot tell if the same person went back to the site ten times a day or if ten people read on a given day but WordPress tells me when the site has been viewed ten or twenty-one or thirty times.
Because of this, I know I am not the most widely read Jewish mom, writer, wanting to end racism, adoptive parent blogger out there, nor the second or third most widely read. This blog has not been picked up or mentioned by any one of several publications that might do so and thereby increase the readership.
The comments I do get from readers have slowed from a trickle to an intermittent drip. (I say this with the deepest gratitude to those very few of you who carry the weight of the commenting– and with great happiness that you read this, whether you ever comment or never comment.) I also know that in year one the blog got a certain number of hits and in year two the readership increased by about 50% and this year my readership may well decline from that of last year. The absolute truth is I have different feelings about these facts at different times. I’d love a wider readership and I’d especially love wider and active conversation through comments, but I am very, very happy with the readership of this blog, just as it is.
But. Get this. One of the amazing features of WordPress– a recently added feature, is that it tracks hits on the blog, by country. I now know that this blog has been read by people in something like 22 or 24 countries outside the US– including Spain, Taiwan, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Israel, Canada, Poland, the UK and Brazil to name just a few.
I must say, now I am intrigued. And you could do me a favor. Any and all of you could and should comment, I would love that. I invite you.
But I would especially love to hear from you, if you are from outside the US. Consider this your special invitation to write. And especially if you are from outside the US and you are a woman. Or if you are from outside the US and you are a mom or dad, or an uncle or aunt, or a grandmother or lover of poetry or a lesbian, or are a teacher, or a childcare provider or someone who is passionate about ending racism or if you are a writer or a poet or… I’d love to hear from you. Tell me how you found me here and what your life is like where you live and what you have to teach from where you sit. I’m shouting out to you and I hope you, really it is you I’m talking to, will shout back.