I have a little tool installed on this site called “StatCounter”, and it’s kind-of nerdy & fun to watch it off and on. It has a cool page with a world map, and whenever any of you visit my site a little red arrow is placed on your location. When I click on the red arrow, it tells me your city / state and/or country. Now don’t worry; it’s nothing creepy. It doesn’t tell me your name, address and first-born child. It’s just a way to see where most of my traffic comes from. I like to think about all of my “little red arrows” out there. I wonder about whom you are, and what your lives are like. What is your biggest joy and your greatest challenge right now? I wonder how you found my site, and what you thought of the page you visited. I wonder if you read my site in English, or used one of those nifty translation aggregaters out there (and did it translate OK, or make me sound weird?)
So, just for fun, here is a sampling of the past few days’ visitor arrows:
1. “Asmara, Maekel, Eritrea” I have never heard of this country. Not because you are not important, but because I am very narrow-scoped in my global skills –However it looks like you live between Sudan and Ethiopia. Your country flag is very pretty.
Thank you for lighting up that corner of my map. Please come back
2. An island (or maybe you are on a boat!?) way off the coast of Nigeria – so remote it says “unknown”, but there you are on my map, very close to the equator line, and you have made multiple visits. Wow. I would love to hear from you!
3. Lagos, Nigeria
4. A New Yorker who checks every day (my biggest fan obviously other than my mother. I love you whoever you are)
5. Aguascalientes Mexico(how do you pronounce that city?) Hola!
6. OuluOulu Finland. My father served his mission in Finland and survived 3 winters. He still speaks your language very well 40 years later (because it was so difficult to learn, he doesn’t want to lose it) He came to the new LDS temple dedication last year, which was a very special occasion in his life, so I feel a unique bond to you
7. Denmark, another very special bond – I am Danish on my mother’s side (Christensen line)… I also love your pastries
8. Philippines – several of you who come often. Very cool
9. The Asian Contingent: Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Japan
10. Oahu, Hawaii – Aloha!
11. Venezuela and Trinidad/Tobago (sorry to put you on the same line, you looked close on my little map)
12. My Euro Contingent: Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, a large bunch of you in the UK, and two in Ireland
13. East Euro: Kiev Ukraine, Bucharest Romania, and Poland
14. Australia – Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane G’day Mates!
15. Christchurch, New Zealand
16. USA – there are so many arrows that I cannot click on all of you anymore.It is all one red mass…(it is also a small map) However, I notice my east coast and California, and Texas are heavily represented. I don’t have anyone yet from the North Dakota area (as far as I can tell, that is the only state holding out) – the rest of the lower 48, I salute you
17. BYU Hawaii – another Aloha!
18. North Pole, Alaska (yes, really, North Pole) Santa Claus is keeping an eye on me
19. “O Canada…”…(someday I will visit you and sing your stirring national anthem to you) Vancouver and Saskatchewan respectively this week.
20. Hamilton, Bermuda
21. The Grenadines (3 of you)
22. Capetown and Johannesburg South Africa (someday I will come on Safari with you)
23. India(Lucknow Uttur Pradesh, Bangalore, New Delhi & Chennai)
24. Afganistan and Packistan (are you soldiers or locals I wonder?)
25. Republic of Korea
26. Manama, Bahrain
27. Brazil and Peru (several of you)
28. Attard, Malta – I like saying that country, it reminds me of Malted milkshakes
29. Mauritania – I like saying that country, too
32. Cote D’ivoire (Ivory Coast)
33. No One From Greenland, Iceland or the Antarctic yet (do you have internet there?)– But all the other continents are represented!
I am now giving all of you a very loud standing ovation…
I may have missed some of you, so don’t be offended. This was only five days worth of mapping. But there you have it. My little ‘big brother’ tool lets me know that you are out there and have stopped by. But, you are mostly a very silent group!! I have noticed that on many other blogs with high response rates they keep things a bit spicy and generally controversial. I don’t choose to go down that road. I prefer peaceful living. So, perhaps my site is not “exciting” enough to merit responses. If so, that could be for the best I suppose.
I don’t mean to sound whiny over this, because I really don’t mind (mostly). Honest. I am thrilled that you have decided to stop by, and I get really excited when you actually choose to come back.
Now you may be wondering, (or suspicious), why do I want to know who you are? A fair question. Well, two main reasons.
1. The simple answer: You are a mystery, and it is human nature to become very curious about mysteries.
2. The more complex answer: I believe that we are all children of God. Literally. God is our Father in Heaven, and we are his children. Thus, that makes us all brothers and sisters. One giant earth family. I have two brothers and two sisters in my immediate family. We are all extremely different from each other. We even look different (because more than half of us were adopted). I am the oldest child, and I am also the shortest. We have different likes and dislikes, and share different beliefs. However, we love each other completely. We share a family bond that can never be broken. We would never intentionally harm each other. We give each other the benefit of the doubt. When we have to, we agree to disagree. We respect each other and help each other. We laugh together and cry together. Imagine what our world would be if we all felt this way about each other! If we remembered that we are all truly brothers and sisters. And so, that is how I feel about you as I look at your little red arrows lighting up my map. I think of you, and I feel a bond to you even though we don’t know each other and will probably never meet. You are like long-lost family members. I think it would be cool to make some sort of connection with you.
So, just for fun, do you think you could drop me a line and tell me something about yourself? What kind of work do you do? What is your favorite food? (do they have milk shakes where you live?) How did you find my blog? Do you have a blog? (let me know, and I will visit and leave a comment!) Have you ever been to the USA, or Utah (my state)? If you could go anywhere, where would it be? (I think I would start with Malta…because that milk-shake thing is making me hungry…).
You can use an alias. You can tell us your city, or your state, or your country or region. But if that is too personal, you could choose to identify yourself by Continent…or just by planet or solar system if you like…a “Kilroy was here / Child of God was here” kind of thing.
Any language is welcome for your response! You do not have to comment in English! (we will all have fun googling the translation in our various languages)
Ok, and while you are at it, just for kicks, you could also share your favorite song on the interfaith playlist post. (so far my friends, it is not faring too well) –that is probably pushing it, wait…don’t run away…never mind!!!!
Ok. That’s all. Thank you for making my day by coming and putting little red arrows all over my little map, whether you comment or not, I still love you…..
but….I would really love to hear from you!