Welcome to foreign visitors: all of them!

According to my trusty web counter, this website has received visits from the following countries or category of visitor, with the domain and number of visits after each.  I’m intrigued to know what has prompted the 8 visits from Croatia, and 3 from the Faroe Islands; and why there have been twice as many visits from Vietnam (2) as from Tuvalu (1 – come on, you Tuvalan web surfers, you can do better than that!).  The United States score (38) looks rather mean until you add in a high proportion of .com and .net visits, not to mention many of the three and a half thousand ‘unknown’, the 64 from the US Government (oops), and a lucky 13 from the US Department of Defense (oops again). 

Anyway, whatever brought you here, you’re very welcome … bienvenu … Willkommen … benvenuto …  bienvenido … ????? ?????????? (dobro pozhalovat’) …

Commercial (.COM) 6270 (27%), Networks (.NET) 5931 (25%), United Kingdom (.UK) 4960 (21%), Unknown (.???) 3426 (14%), AUSTRALIA (.AU) 474 (2%), Educational (.EDU) 391 (1%), NEW ZEALAND (.NZ) 159 (0%), FRANCE (.FR) 151 (0%), CANADA (.CA) 146 (0%), GERMANY (.DE) 109 (0%), NETHERLANDS (.NL) 105 (0%), JAPAN (.JP) 74 (0%), ITALY (.IT) 71 (0%), Organizations (.ORG) 69 (0%), BELGIUM (.BE) 68 (0%), US Government (.GOV) 64 (0%), FINLAND (.FI) 51 (0%), SOUTH AFRICA (.ZA) 46 (0%), AUSTRIA (.AT) 45 (0%), SPAIN (.ES) 42 (0%), UNITED STATES (.US) 38 (0%), SWEDEN (.SE) 35 (0%), POLAND (.PL) 33 (0%), ARGENTINA (.AR) 33 (0%), GREECE (.GR) 33 (0%), DENMARK (.DK) 32 (0%), BRAZIL (.BR) 31 (0%), ISRAEL (.IL) 25 (0%), RUSSIAN FEDERATION (.RU) 20 (0%), HUNGARY (.HU) 19 (0%), TURKEY (.TR) 15 (0%), INDIA (.IN) 14 (0%), PORTUGAL (.PT) 14 (0%), SWITZERLAND (.CH) 14 (0%), MEXICO (.MX) 13 (0%), NORWAY (.NO) 13 (0%), US Dept of Defense (.MIL) 13 (0%), Int. Organizations (.INT) 12 (0%), PAKISTAN (.PK) 10 (0%), THAILAND (.TH) 8 (0%), CROATIA (.HR) 8 (0%), PERU (.PE) 8 (0%), CZECH REPUBLIC (.CZ) 8 (0%), SINGAPORE (.SG) 7 (0%), SLOVAKIA (Slovak Republic) (.SK) 7 (0%), HONG KONG (.HK) 6 (0%), MALAYSIA (.MY) 6 (0%), IRELAND (.IE) 6 (0%), BULGARIA (.BG) 5 (0%), INDONESIA (.ID) 4 (0%), PHILIPPINES (.PH) 4 (0%), MOROCCO (.MA) 4 (0%), SLOVENIA (.SI) 4 (0%), ICELAND (.IS) 4 (0%), ROMANIA (.RO) 4 (0%), SAUDI ARABIA (.SA) 3 (0%), CYPRUS (.CY) 3 (0%), UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (.AE) 3 (0%), LUXEMBOURG (.LU) 3 (0%), ZAMBIA (.ZM) 3 (0%), FAROE ISLANDS (.FO) 3 (0%), MALDIVES (.MV) 2 (0%), ESTONIA (.EE) 2 (0%), VENEZUELA (.VE) 2 (0%), VIET NAM (.VN) 2 (0%), LEBANON (.LB) 2 (0%), NEPAL (.NP) 2 (0%), BELARUS (.BY) 1 (0%), LITHUANIA (.LT) 1 (0%), DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (.DO) 1 (0%), PAPUA NEW GUINEA (.PG) 1 (0%), ECUADOR (.EC) 1 (0%), TAIWAN (.TW) 1 (0%), EGYPT (.EG) 1 (0%), MALTA (.MT) 1 (0%), TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (.TC) 1 (0%), TUVALU (.TV) 1 (0%), UKRAINE (.UA) 1 (0%), MAURITIUS (.MU) 1 (0%), GREENLAND (.GL) 1 (0%), URUGUAY (.UY) 1 (0%), UZBEKISTAN (.UZ) 1 (0%), MOLDOVA (.MD) 1 (0%), CHINA (.CN) 1 (0%), YUGOSLAVIA (.YU) 1 (0%), JAMAICA (.JM) 1 (0%), ZIMBABWE (.ZW) 1 (0%), ALBANIA (.AL) 1 (0%), COLOMBIA (.CO) 1 (0%).

PS: Don’t worry if you can’t decypher the last ‘welcome’ at the top:  it just means your browser isn’t configured to display Russian.

Brian

6 Responses

  1. Nick says:

    Brian, there’s a rather good little snippet of code at http://www.geoloc.com that, if added to your sidebar, will provide all of us with a wonderful interactive display of where we’re all coming from to get here . . .

  2. Nick says:

    errmmm . . sorry, that should of course be http://www.geo-loc.com
    (any chance of a post-posting comment-editing facility??)

  3. Brian says:

    Nick,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I enjoy the map with locations of commenters on your very attractive blog, but I’ve decided not to follow suit, in the interests of keeping mine relatively simple. I’ve also consulted my website guru about including a facility for commenters on Ephems to edit their own comments, but he points out that this would necessitate requiring anyone wishing to add a comment to register with a username and password and log in first, since otherwise anyone would be free to edit other people’s comments. So with regret…

    Thanks for the suggestions, though.

    Brian

  4. Nick says:

    Brian – thanks for the good words. I’ll just have to be smarter about checking my own comments before sending them. BTW, I’m finding Ephems extremely stimulating reading. Keep on bloggin’

  5. Fyrstar says:

    Please see my other post on the Strange visitors. We at http://www.clanbfi.com are experiencing the same problem. Apparently, some are accessing webmail servers through your website to do something shady if not downright illegal; that’s the only thing that we can figure out.

    At ANY given time, we have 6 visitors on our site that do nothing but visit. We can’t tell what they’re doing. They’re not posting, there definitely is not that much interesting going on to read in the forums.

    Scary, indeed. Wes Craven should make a movie on this.

  6. Hi Brian,Wow, you should be proud of all those visitors.  It’s amazing that a blog can provide a gateway for people to communicate from all over the world. Kim from Dallas 

    Brian writes:  I’m afraid this is another example of commercial advertisements masquerading as a friendly comment.  This kind of abuse of the internet is pernicious and destructive.  I have changed the name, e-mail and website addresses of this pest in the hope of making his wretched commercial a waste of time.

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