Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Year Of Hits


Can it really be a year since I first installed this little honey of a widget? Well, I guess since it reset, it must be so. I can't tell you how many times in the last twelve months I've clicked through and stared at this map, watching as my intrepid little words started working their way around the world. For those who don't know, each red dot represents a hit; the bigger the dot the more hits from that locale. These represent 20,580 visits to the Pop Culture Institute.

Watching those red dots bloom has been very entertaining. They first appeared (predictably) in the area around Vancouver-Seattle, then in New York City and London - to my complete and utter bliss; things more or less spread outwards from those points, with some surprising turns of event along the way - like all the hits from the Persian Gulf region! I was a bit shocked to see so many hits from South America, so I guess it's time to let go of my preconceptions about my fellow hemisphereans; for some reason, I also figured I'd get more hits from Africa, so go figure on that one as well...

Now that I think about it, that map also fits in perfectly with the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox; only I hope my words can be just as infectious as they spread around the world, without killing hundreds of millions of people in the process. Hey, a boy can dream, can't he?
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