I've been at this blogging thing since May 2010, and back when I first started, I remember thinking that no one in the world would read it. Aside from my husband, I didn't tell anyone about it so it's not like I would have readers from real life, so I just started writing. For an unknown audience. I still write for an unknown audience, but as I get to know the regular readers, I have a general idea about from where they come.
I also use a counter called sitemeter. I have to admit, I can get a little obsessed with it because you can see how many hits you get in a day and where these hits are. Not all of them, mind you. Some of them just show up as "United States." I'm not knowledgeable enough to know why certain locations appear and others don't. So really, I only get part of the picture, but I do love seeing where readers are.
Some of the locations, I know exactly who the reader is - Sevilla, Spain is my good friend Chloe. Missouri - Lillian; Los Angeles - Gretchen; Oregon - Sarah. But others are just so interesting to see - readers from Germany, the Philippines, and I even saw one the other day from Dublin, Ireland, which is completely awesome in my opinion. I can always tell when my husband reads my blog because of the city that pops up.
It's interesting because I regularly see the same cities pop up every day. So I must have some pretty loyal readers, which I love. However, I have to wonder - why no comments? Come on, lurkers! I'd love to hear from you. Introduce yourself - no need to be shy by any means! Readers from Toronto, Ontario; Mountainview, California; Katy, Texas; Seattle, Washington, etc. Never in a million years would I have thought that starting this little blog would people actually be reading it, let alone people from all over the country and throughout the world.
It's pretty cool if you think about it. Something so small has turned into something I could never have imagined.