Perhaps you noticed a new widget on the right side-bar. It is a thumbnail map obtained freely from ClustrMaps, allowing you to see at a glance where your site’s visitors are located. After (free) registration you obtain a (html-) code which you can insert in a text box widget. It works very similar to Librarything, Flickr etcetera. It is clearly explained how you should proceed for any blog-type and in my hands (!!!) it succeeded immediately.
However it took a day before anything happened. Quite frustrating an empty map.
Yesterday afternoon I suddenly noticed the appearance of 5 little spots, representing the number of visitors in the past day. Strikingly, just one spot was from the Netherlands and 4 from the USA/Canada, which of course relates to my recent English postings and mail list subscriptions.
My English posts are an experiment. At this moment I’m not sure about the right tactics. There is just a small niche for medical libraries and evidence based searching in the Netherlands. For a vivid discussion it would be nice if people abroad were able to participate as well. On the other hand there are many excellent English Blogs already. Who needs another-look-alike? In addition it takes me lots and lots of time to write in English. Finally I do seem to loose my Dutch followers. They seem to have gone with the wind.
So I wait and see. In a couple of weeks I will decide if and how to continue.
13-04-08: And here is the map of visitors from 10-04 till 13-04. Luckily the map is cumulative, earlier visits still count.
If you click on: Map with smaller clustrs you get a more detailed view.
Yeah, I’m a kind of statistic-freak. However deep in my heart I know the number of visitors and their location does not mean a lot. The main question is: did they find their visit worth wile?