Who reads I, Pandora? With the wonders of modern technology I can see each visitor to my site, their approximate location (this will be affected by anonymizing proxy services) around the world, which sites they’ve come from and what pages they read, how long they were there. And if you’re a member of the site or on other sites this service monitors I see your screen name.Call it big brother, call it information leverage, it is nice to be able to see what is popular, what search queries reach my site, and just how most of y’all find I, Pandora.
In the days following the bridge collapse tragedy in Minnesota there was a steady flow of international visitors to my site, though the article was little than my brief and heartfelt sympathies towards those affected and those who lost and links to the major news coverage. The international visitors were primarily inbound from google searches where I, Pandora featured prominently in the results. The visitors came from Latvia, the Dominican Republic, Belgium, Hungary, and South Africa. These are not regulars, and they probably left soon after coming through the news links I provided.
No, the real readers of I, Pandora are my friends, the bloggers. Of all the feeds in Google, I do enjoy reading some of these most of all.
- There’s Grit, the yankee half of the dynamic duo at Conversations With Brit & Grit. His humor and the cross the pond banter make his site a real jewel and a pleasure to read.
- There’s Neil from 4Simpsons, which name, I assume, refers to his family. He has a sharp mind and a sharp wit and beats them regularly against all comers.
- There’s Barb, from Barb’s Blog, a small and cozy place where you are as likely to read about her latest photography trip as about the latest in political opinion.
- There’s J Ingersoll, a friend I met many years ago at a music class. There were four of us, including the teacher, in that class and we had good times (I didn’t pass). J writes sporadically as PrinceParavel, yes, that would have to refer to Lewis’ Narnia.
- There’s our friend Random (whose name is only a little less conspicuous than anonymous) who I first found (or maybe it was that he first found me) when he comment spammed on I, Pandora, advertising for his own blogs (which are several and bare of original content). Random copies articles that suit his fancy at freestate.tv, faction3.us, and congresscheck.com, that I am aware of.
- There’s John Kaiser, from totaltransformation and the new JJKaiser blog. I must admit I’ve not read his sites often, but when I do I appreciate his breadth of topic and the humor with which he approaches the topics.
- A brief visit from the Mercurial Scribe, after I found we were born the same month in the same year.
- Steve, from NextStopLauderdale, which I assume means he’s one of my Floridian readers, or that he wishes he were one. His brief shots on primarily political issues are always easy to read and fun to comment on.
- A late shot from blogger UrbanConservative (last post as of this writing was last November. His articles have promise and he has corrected me regarding the content schedule of his blog. He posts twice monthly and the top post is “sticky” meaning it “sticks” to the top of the page and you have to scroll past it to get to the regular content.
This is by no means an exhaustive listing either. I’ll post tomorrow on my current blogroll. But this is for all y’all out there who make me want to keep writing here.
Here’s to you.