International Love Fest

Image from Microsoft Clip Art

Although I have no other blog hosts to compare to, WordPress is pretty cool. These powerful, mysterious lords have given us yet another fantastic tool in Where in the World?. When checking site stats, we can now see a list and map of the countries that have viewed our blog. How rocking is that?

For a travel lover and devoted foreign-culture groupie, this newest display is a mouthful of rich, dark chocolate. Over the past week, individuals from 52 countries landed on my blog. I am so giddy, I might jump up and down. Which I never do. Because it makes me pee.

My international site visits via WordPress.

Readers from North America, Europe, and Australia, of course, but also India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Kenya, Iceland, Serbia. Oh, man, I could go on and on. Likely some of these beautiful people landed here unintentionally (okay, probably most). For example, maybe “pube combover” means “extremely urgent newsflash” in Latvian. Boy, bet that person was disappointed. Not to mention embarrassed for my fellow Americans.

On the other hand, even though I only possess a speck of worldly sophistication, man babies and anal leakage are perhaps internationally funny. Or at least, I need to think so. Otherwise, the only option left is horror in knowing well-mannered global visitors are reading my distasteful drivel.

Welcome to my dorky blog, distinguished international visitor. (Image from Microsoft Clip Art)

So yes, I’m excited. But once I get past:

  • My initial elation
  • My American shame of egocentrism knowing those in other lands can read the language of my blog, but I cannot understand theirs
  • My squishy warm feelings of the interconnectedness of an online world

There is something I need to address.

Two countries have dissed me.

I note this because last year I visited both on a lovely Baltic cruise, a trip that as a child would have seemed an impossibility. (We’re talking camping trips at Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota for vacation, where luxury was a night absent sibling feet in my face or a hole in the tent during a downpour.)

Image credit: siskiyou.sou.edu

So, Estonia and Sweden, where are you?

Germany? Present.

England? Present, and then some.

Denmark? Present.

Norway? Present.

Finland? One person present and accounted for. (Aren’t you the sweetest?!)

But Sweden and Estonia? A no show.

Sweden, I can understand. After all, we didn’t get the chance to explore your beautiful country, on account we had to fly out early for a family emergency. But I did read Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, so that should count for something.

But Estonia? I’m a little hurt. Think of all the photos I took in Tallinn, not to mention a visit to a vodka distillery (98% proof! Oof, you guys are tough!)

From vodka distillery in Tallinn, Estonia.

And what about our time in one of your medieval castles, where we enjoyed a hearty feast of chicken, barley, and corn husks served by buxom lasses; engaged in a friendly family joust; and managed a near ankle-breaking descent down dark, winding, miniscule steps into an equally dark and disturbing torture chamber (you won’t find this in the U.S., folks). I even met a lovely, albeit malnourished, young lad named Skelly.

Me and my new friend Skelly.

Of course, I wouldn’t blame you if you held a grudge after my son’s blatant disrespect of this poor bodiless fellow. But in my defense, he is a teenager, and we did not build this torturous atrocity. I believe you did.

My son enjoying some one-on-one time with Body Free Joe.

I suppose, my friends in Estonia, the truth is you’ve been too busy tidying up after loud, American tourists, and for that I both apologize and forgive you. But I hope to get a visit from you soon. My blog doesn’t house bodiless corpses or posing skeletons, but I do use some intense discipline techniques of which I think your ancestors would approve.

Tough parenting.

To all of you wonderful people in both near and faraway lands, thank you for stopping by! I’d love to know where you’re from, if you’d be so kind to inform me! :)

***A note to Sweet Mother: I hope this post doesn’t land me in your blogs-getting-arrogant pile, given my reference to site stats. But I love anything multicultural. You wouldn’t want to deprive an old boring Ohio gal such pleasure, would you?

49 Responses to “International Love Fest”

  1. Kourtney Heintz

    I’m enjoying this new feature too. I get a similar country report on my website and having it for my blog makes things feel complete. :)

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    • crubin

      It is pretty cool. I need to check back into my stats to see if Estonia has made its presence yet.
      :)

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  2. Perfecting Motherhood

    By the way, what is this I just read? You never read Life of Pi? You would LOVE this book and I can’t believe you haven’t read it yet! One of my favorite of all times. Every single page is beautifully written and the story is nothing like has ever been written before. A must read. Seriously. :-)

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    • crubin

      I replied to you on Char’s site, too. I think I may have to add this book to my list now. I fear you’ll put me in the pillory if I don’t. Or worse, shackle me to whatever device Body Free Joe is on!

      Thanks for the recommendation and for stopping by!
      :)

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  3. Anastasia

    Just noticed that map a couple days ago and love it. I want stats like..you have 4 male fans and 7 female. 3 are blond and 8 are bald. 2 secretly think you’re weird (according to pollster). 9 are stalkers. One of them is your mother.

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    • crubin

      Ha ha! I think you have my followers figured out. Not sure why I attract so many hairless individuals. I think the 8 of them plus my mother are the stalkers. And to be fair, probably all of them think I’m weird.

      Thanks for visiting, making me smile, and representing Saudi Arabia! At least for the time being.
      :)

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  4. Stacie Chadwick

    OMG I pee when I jump up and down too! And when I sneeze, and cough, and wake up in the middle of the night, and check the weather on my phone, and tweeze my unibrow…the list goes on and on.

    I’ve been meaning to check out my geneaology, so if I find any long lost Estonian Dignitaries in my family tree I’m sending his offspring your way….
    =)

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    • crubin

      Oh my, you sound like you are ready for Depends. I’ll keep an eye out for some coupons for you. On second thought, I’ll keep them for myself. Maybe I’ll just get you a trampoline instead. That should help…

      Thanks for stopping by and for sending any related Estonians my way!
      :)

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  5. the domestic fringe

    I LOVE these stats! They are so fun. Plus now I can yell at my father in Portugal if he doesn’t read my blog…I’ll know. So awesome. I really like WordPress. I’ve used blogger to regularly contribute on other blogs and it’s a pain. WordPress rules.

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    • crubin

      Ha! What a great way to keep tabs on your father! I’ve commented on Blogger as well, and it is more challenging. WordPress certainly does it right.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. jmmcdowell

    Darn, you beat me to a post on these, too! Sigh, but so far folks from only 19 countries have stopped by my blog since they started keeping track here in March. I have no views from Eastern Europe, and only the Czech Republic in Central Europe.

    Still, it’s awesome to have anyone from another country stopping by!

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    • crubin

      Yes, it is pretty awesome. I suspect many of the visits are by accident–I use lots of images, so perhaps searching for a particular image brings them my way. I have no idea if these accidental visitors read any of it. Probably not. But it’s still fun to think about!

      Hope jury duty is going well. Have you been picked?

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      • jmmcdowell

        There was only the one trial the day I was called. We had to stick around in case they needed an “immediate jury” for a case sent up from a lower court. But our county only calls you in for one day or one trial, whichever it turns out to be. So I won’t be called for another 3 years, at least. Kind of too bad—I got some good editing done!

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        • crubin

          Where I live, you have to be available for the week. I got called a few years ago when I was working close to full-time. Every morning I wondered if that call would come, and I’d have to go in. But I never did. I’m back in the pool again now though!

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          • jmmcdowell

            That’s how it was in Illinois when my husband got called. According to the woman who kept us up-to-date on the day’s proceedings, there’s one county in Maryland where you’re on call for a full month! I’m thinking it’s one of the really rural ones where there may not be much going on—or many people in the pool! Since we’ve got nearly 1 million people here, there’s a lot to choose from! :)

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  7. Pink Ninjabi

    And here I was thinking I was the only one getting international stats (egocentrism, I think so!). So wonderful to hear that your blog is spreading far and wide. And yes, it’s a bit jarring to realize that others read our words outside of North America. :D Love the tough parenting pic! Kind of reminds me of my childhood :D

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    • crubin

      Yes, a good old-fashioned medieval pillory would come in handy at home…

      Of course, I am kidding. My children are well treated, I assure you.
      :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. char

    I love this feature too; better than Geography class any day. If teachers made kids do a blog in school, they would learn all their countries! Motivation.

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    • crubin

      That is actually a really good idea. I know some teachers have their students contribute to a class blog. With this, they could see how far their reach goes.
      :)

      Thanks for the comment!

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  9. G M Barlean

    Educational! I didn’t even realize wordpress had such a feature. So now I know. Thanks. As always, this was a good read. Keep it up.

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    • crubin

      Oh, I just love it when I can impart a little knowledge into an otherwise useless post. Thanks!

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  10. Sally Panayiotou

    Looks like you’re going to have to learn a few new languages!

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    • crubin

      I think you are right. Guess I better look into Rosetta Stone!

      As always, thanks for coming by.
      :)

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  11. MJ

    Argh, you beat me to the punch writing about this one. I got a visitor from Jordan the other day!

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    • crubin

      Oh, but I will look forward to your take on things! I’m sure you will use more colorful language.
      :)

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  12. writerwendyreid

    Very funny post Carrie. I’m going to have to check that tool out! :-)

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  13. Smaktakula

    I, too, love all things multicultural. I’ve never had the opportunity to visit either Sweden or Estonia (which sounds suspiciously like a city from “The Flintstones”), although I’ve been to Denmark, so same thing kinda.

    And I suppose the Swedes can afford to dis you (although it’s rather rööd), but Estonia does so at its peril. It should not only be flattered that you’ve visited, but moreover that you’re among that rare fraction of the world’s population aware of its existence.

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    • crubin

      Yes, I suspect the Swedes aren’t losing any sleep over not reading my blog. As for the Estonians, I’m sure they will find their way. If not, I’ll just drink some of their vodka, and soon I’ll hallucinate their presence.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. jeandayfriday

    I seem to only have visitors from the US and France. I wonder why the Brits are boycotting me. I taught British Literature to seniors for quite a while – maybe word spread that I stunk at it? ;) Great post – and I am so intrigued every time I check my stats!

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    • crubin

      I have no doubt the Brits will find their way. Especially after hearing about your Skittle catastrophe.
      :)

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  15. Cakes and Shakes...

    Great post! That said, the photo of the dirty feet is giving me a Monica from ‘Friends’ style urge to take a scrubbing brush to them : ) I’m Irish, if that helps and I love reading blogs from all over the world!

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    • crubin

      Fantastic! I can add that country to my list! Thanks so much for stopping by.
      :)

      As for the feet, I couldn’t find an image I wanted (particularly feet on someone’s face–oddly enough, there aren’t many of those on the web…). I was about to take a photo of my son’s feet, which are always guaranteed a little dirt, when I stumbled upon this one. Appetizing, isn’t it?

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  16. starlaschat

    Where in the World I Love Where in the World WordPress feature. Very funny post. I also enjoyed the family pictures thrown in that was a plesant surprise. I must admit I did click your pulic lice link the other day why I’m not really sure. But, to my horor I now have pubic lice in my history! Thanks alot.

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    • crubin

      Yes, you have to be careful when you visit my blog. I also have to watch the comments I leave on others’ blogs. Sometimes the blogger ends up with interesting search terms as a result. Cue evil laugh…

      I don’t usually like putting images of my kids online, but it worked well for the post, and they both okayed it. Hopefully, the images won’t turn up somewhere weird!

      As always, thanks for visiting!

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  17. sweetmother

    no! i would never deprive an old Ohio girl of such a gorgeous reference and I would never deprive this old-ish New York gal of reading such a gem! (did i just say gal? oy.) so, SO funny, carrie. i loved it and look, i’ve been wanting to do something on wordpress’s new ‘readers of the world’ widget forced happily upon us, but you beat me to it and did it so well, that, well, i’m not even gonna try. really, really funny. estonia doesn’t know what it’s missing! lol.

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    • crubin

      Thanks for the kind words! And by all means, write up a blog post on the same topic. Your take would be wonderful, and I’ll always welcome a pingback (wink, wink). Just kidding, of course. About the pingback part. Well…

      I use the word “gal” too. Sometimes woman doesn’t work, and I really don’t like to use the word girl for a grown woman. I get enough of that in the movies (you know, the 40-year old successful woman who’s still referred to as a girl by the males–but that’s a topic for another post…)
      :)

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  18. La La

    I am obsessed with this and loved it on blogger. It makes us feel all just a little bit more connected.

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    • crubin

      It does, doesn’t it? I get the same joy from my Twitter followers from far away lands. Very cool.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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