Monday, February 6, 2012

Thank You Readers - 147 Countries Are Reading My Blog

OK, so I started thinking ... And yes, I know that that can be dangerous.

I know from my website counter just how many folks have visited my blog, but I started wondering just how many countries were these good folks from.

So yes, I found out that besides folks in the United States, I'm happy to say that the American Cowboy Chronicles is being read by folks in 147 countries all over the world. 

I've listed the countries that view my blog, and the list starts with those nations that have viewed my site the most. 
  1. United Kingdom (GB)
  2. Canada (CA)
  3. Australia (AU) 
  4. Germany (DE) 
  5. Netherlands (NL)
  6. France (FR) 
  7. Belgium (BE) 
  8. Mexico (MX) 
  9. India (IN) 
  10. Sweden (SE) 
  11. Ireland (IE) 
  12. Italy (IT) 
  13. Brazil (BR) 
  14. Switzerland (CH) 
  15. Portugal (PT) 
  16. Spain (ES) 
  17. Philippines (PH) 
  18. Austria (AT) 
  19. Puerto Rico (PR) 
  20. Colombia (CO) 
  21. Denmark (DK) 
  22. Poland (PL) 
  23. New Zealand (NZ) 
  24. South Africa (ZA) 
  25. Norway (NO) 
  26. Russian Federation (RU)
  27. Israel (IL) 
  28. Singapore (SG) 
  29. Finland (FI) 
  30. Malaysia (MY) 
  31. Hungary (HU) 
  32. Romania (RO) 
  33. Pakistan (PK) 
  34. Indonesia (ID)
  35. Greece (GR) 
  36. Thailand (TH) 
  37. Argentina (AR) 
  38. United Arab Emirates (AE)
  39. Taiwan (TW) 
  40. Japan (JP) 
  41. Turkey (TR) 
  42. Czech Republic (CZ) 
  43. Serbia (RS) 
  44. Holy See (Vatican City State) (VA) 
  45. Korea, Republic of (KR) 
  46. Costa Rica (CR) 
  47. Egypt (EG) 
  48. Ukraine (UA) 
  49. Bulgaria (BG) 
  50. Hong Kong (HK) 
  51. Saudi Arabia (SA) 
  52. Ecuador (EC) 
  53. Chile (CL) 
  54. Slovakia (SK) 
  55. Estonia (EE) 
  56. Croatia (HR) 
  57. Venezuela (VE) 
  58. Lithuania (LT) 
  59. China (CN) 
  60. Trinidad and Tobago (TT) 
  61. Peru (PE) 
  62. Slovenia (SI) 
  63. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA) 
  64. Vietnam (VN) 
  65. Malta (MT) 
  66. Georgia (GE) 
  67. Panama (PA) 
  68. Guam (GU) 
  69. Asia/Pacific Region (AP) 
  70. Bangladesh (BD) 
  71. Iceland (IS) 
  72. Albania (AL) 
  73. Dominican Republic (DO) 
  74. Honduras (HN) 
  75. Lebanon (LB) 
  76. Virgin Islands, U.S. (VI) 
  77. Nigeria (NG) 
  78. Latvia (LV) 
  79. Jordan (JO) 
  80. Kuwait (KW) 
  81. Cyprus (CY) 
  82. Luxembourg (LU) 
  83. Bahamas (BS) 
  84. Kenya (KE) 
  85. Sri Lanka (LK) 
  86. Guatemala (GT) 
  87. Belarus (BY) 
  88. El Salvador (SV) 
  89. Isle of Man (IM) 
  90. Montenegro (ME) 
  91. Iran, Islamic Republic of (IR) 
  92. Jamaica (JM) 
  93. Bermuda (BM) 
  94. Uruguay (UY) 
  95. Mongolia (MN) 
  96. Qatar (QA) 
  97. Morocco (MA) 
  98. Moldova, Republic of (MD) 
  99. Mauritius (MU) 
  100. Guernsey (GG) 
  101. Macedonia (MK) 
  102. Namibia (NA) 
  103. Paraguay (PY) 
  104. Iraq (IQ) 
  105. Myanmar (MM) 
  106. Bahrain (BH) 
  107. Oman (OM) 
  108. Macau (MO) 
  109. Nicaragua (NI) 
  110. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (LY) 
  111. Faroe Islands (FO) 
  112. Algeria (DZ) 
  113. Ghana (GH) 
  114. Armenia (AM) 
  115. Saint Lucia (LC) 
  116. Maldives (MV) 
  117. Aruba (AW) 
  118. Ethiopia (ET) 
  119. Zimbabwe (ZW) 
  120. Angola (AO) 
  121. Sudan (SD) 
  122. Cambodia (KH) 
  123. Bolivia (BO) 
  124. Yemen (YE) 
  125. Cayman Islands (KY) 
  126. Syrian Arab Republic (SY) 
  127. Uganda (UG) 
  128. Tunisia (TN) 
  129. Nepal (NP) 
  130. Palestinian Territory (PS) 
  131. Grenada (GD) 
  132. Jersey (JE) 
  133. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (VC) 
  134. Belize (BZ) 
  135. Lao People's Democratic Republic (LA) 
  136. Brunei Darussalam (BN) 
  137. Gibraltar (GI) 
  138. Barbados (BB) 
  139. Afghanistan (AF) 
  140. Rwanda (RW) 
  141. Zambia (ZM) 
  142. Guyana (GY) 
  143. Monaco (MC) 
  144. Turks and Caicos Islands (TC) 
  145. Senegal (SN) 
  146. Martinique (MQ) 
  147. Dominica (DM) 
Friends, that's a lot of counties!

Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought that people from 147 nations would take the time to read or visit my blog. It is just unimaginable to me!

Here I am, in a little place called Glencoe, tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountains, just one citizen out of a population of 189, and my little blog is being read all over the place.

My wife's family is from Livermore California, but she has relations in Idaho - and in Great Britain in Plymouth and Devon. My relatives stretch from Hawaii, to Alaska, and all over Northern California, and yes, I have a cousin in Michigan.

What you might not know about me is that I love finding out where my readers are, and then researching those places a little. Yes, that's you out there!

You seem to be from some really interesting places. Some of you are very hardy people who live in far off places in Siberia, Iceland, on the Faroe Islands between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, or like way up North in Nunavut Canada on Baffin Island.

Now I thought Nunavut, and specifically Baffin Island, would be one tough hard land to live in. After looking up Nunavut, I discovered that it can be a tough and cold place.

I also discovered that the Inuit children there play on their jungle gyms and laugh it up outside on a playground during school recess no different than kids anywhere else. 

I have to say that the kids up there are too cute for words.

But wait, I also have a few steady readers from other places where I would've never thought that computers even existed.

For some reason, the Amazon Rain Forest, the island of Mauritius off the coast of Madagascar, Novosibirsk in Russia, a town in Mongolia, or say the Vatican, all makes me think of other things - certainly things other than computers and the Internet.

For me, I really like the idea that there is someone in the Amazon Rain Forest that took a look at my blog. I feel the same way about my readers in India, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, and Indonesia. I like the idea, the thought, that the heart of a Cowboy is not something wholly exclusive to Americans.

Like minded people get along simply because we have more in common. The honorable inspire the good in all of us. No matter if you're in Australia or Germany, the Netherlands or France, Belgium or Sweden, Costa Rica or South Africa, those of us who naturally look out for our neighbor, respect our parents and elders, treat people well because we want the same in return, we are everywhere!

We who believe that freedom does not come from our governments but are given to us by God; we who accept that we are ultimately responsible for our own lives; we who cherish love and family and goodness - and yet are tough enough to protect ourselves, those we love, and the freedom we hold so dear, yes, we are Cowboys!

That is the Cowboy way, and it's nice to see it in places that I never imagined!

I just want to say that I hope you enjoy my posts in the future. And yes, I'd like to take this time to send out a big Thank You to everyone out there.

Knowing folks are reading my blog, whether its in Medicine Hat Canada, in Kauniainen Finland, or in  Warrnambool Australia, it just makes it that much more fun to write. 

With sincere appreciation,

Tom Correa


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