A year ago today I started this blog – Valentine’s Day 2014 right at the beginning of our transcontinental odyssey. To begin with we catalogued our preparations for moving out. Very soon I started peppering the blog with submissions to the weekly photo challenge (run by word press and a way of getting noticed as well as being creative with the theme of the week) and put in a section cataloging our earlier travels.
The blog has been my way of unfolding our story and has acted as an online diary for me.
Once here in Tanzania it began chronicling our new lives here and our experiences and travels. We also decided to list the wildlife here. One of the driving forces behind the blog has been communication with those in our families who aren’t on Facebook and have no desire to be. A way of informing them of our lives and activities and share the people and the town we live in.
Along the way others have followed our journey and it has been amazing to see from where these people have hailed. As of this moment this blog has been viewed by no less than 54,936 times, received 1,603 comments with visitors from 137 countries.
The two newest countries are at extremes China (at long last) and Vanuatu (tiny Pacific islands). The most, of course, have come from the UK, then USA and hot on their heels (and soon to take over) is Tanzania of course. Canada and Sweden lead the chasing pack, followed by Italy, Ireland and Australia. The full list is below and shows views not visitors (Google skews this in favour of the US on visitors – see right panel) .
In truth the blog has seen a downturn in views as we have become more established here (our peak was in August and early September). Even so to those who’ve stuck with it (even if not every day) – thank you for viewing, thank you for commenting and above all thank you for taking an interest, whether you hail from the UK, US, Tanzania or China, Vanuatu or Gabon or somewhere in between Karibuni (you are welcome).
The blog will continue and in coming weeks I will add links to a year ago for my reminiscence and others close to us.
Today is the one year anniversary of this blog –
here is what I wrote a year ago today
Well done for keeping it up! It’s been great to keep in touch, bridging the distance between us. Thanks for keeping going! Happy 1st birthday!
Happy Anniversary! 🙂