I spent some time looking at the stats section of our blog-hosting site (and a little bit of time staring at the wall), in an attempt to procrastinate my workday today. What I ended up finding (on the website, not the wall) turned out to be an interesting blog idea!
One of the newer blog features allows you to look at a map of the world and see which countries have had people view your blog. I was actually surprised at how far reaching the OWCN blog has become. Since the country identification creation for the blog on February 12, 2012, we have had viewers from 124 different countries visit our blog site! Not bad, considering there are 196 countries in the world. Of course the number of 196 countries is arguable, but that’s a topic for another blog.
Even more interesting was to see which countries had the most viewers to our blog. While the U.S. predictably has a commanding lead, it was neat to see that we have a large number of viewers in Canada, the UK, Australia, India, New Zealand, and the Philippines. I’m embarrassingly bad at world geography, so maybe this isn’t huge news to all of you, but I was quite excited to discover we even had blog viewers in countries I’ve never even heard of, and I had a great time looking them up on the map (Hello to our viewers in Vanuatu, Montenegro, New Caledonia, and Benin!!!).
One thing the OWCN strives for is continued outreach, to not only help spread awareness of oiled wildlife, but to also help prepare other groups for spill response. So whether these viewers are just casual readers interested in the topic of spill response, or other groups looking to learn more, it is very exciting that we are able to reach so many people. I would like to encourage our viewers around the world to continue viewing our blog, and to stop by our facebook page (www.facebook.com/OiledWildlifeCareNetwork) and like us. We would love to hear from all of you and find out what you are doing for oiled wildlife response in your area. And to all our viewers near and far, please share our blog so we can fill in those missing areas on our map!