A friend of mine recently pointed out that my title "Sightings at 60" is really misleading. "Who are you trying to kid?" he said. "It's been a while since you last saw 60."
With friends like that . . .
But he has a point. So I've decided to change the title of my blog to
Sightings Over Sixty, or SOS. I'm not sure if I can change the web
address (I'll try, but I often find that blogger.com won't do what
sightings.com wants to do). But anyway, that's who I'll be from now on.
(And don't worry, I'll get to the Top 10 Countries in just a minute.)
But speaking of blogger.com having its own way, it recently deleted
one of my favorite Gadgets -- the one that highlights recent reader
comments in the side column of the blog. Has anyone else had this
problem, and if so, do you know how to fix it? First, the Gadget just
stopped working. And when I went to try to reapply it, I found
that the option was no longer offered on the menu.
And with blogger.com, you have to pick from the menu ... at least as far as I know. So if anyone has any tips for me on that front, please let me know.
Meanwhile, I have to admit, I get a kick out of viewing my "Stats" page -- not so much to see how many people view my blog (if I was concerned with that, I'd be posting photos of a scantily clad Lindsay Lohan and mug shots of Mel Gibson) but where they come from.
As I've admitted before, I am a typical self-centered American. I only speak one language. I've never moved around much in my life, never lived in any other country. I've barely visited other countries -- couple of trips to Europe when I was younger; ditto Canada. I don't even do a whole lot of traveling. I'm soon to leave for my annual trip to a warmer clime, but I don't go to exotic Thailand or Costa Rica (not to mention Nicaragua; see # 8 below), just to boring old Florida or Arizona.*
Yet, through the magic of blogging, I've reached out and touched some people all around the world. And I really do think that's pretty cool. So finally, I present to you the top 10 countries in the world -- at least according to the "audience" page of Sightings Over Sixty.
1) USA . . . well, obviously, but it's good to know that we're still No. 1 at something!
2) Germany ... because of Friko at Friko's World?
3) Canada ... I have a couple of blog friends from Canada, like Natalie at Knatolee's World, which makes me feel very sophisticated, but it seems Canada is usually No. 2, so come on, Canada, you can do better!
4) Russia ... I really do appreciate my Russian visitors, but admit they might just have stumbled here by mistake. Maybe they do a search for "Olga." I have a blog friend Olga at Confessions of a Grandma ... I don't even know if she's of Russian heritage; I only know she lives in Vermont and Florida. But anyway, Olga, thank you!
5) United Kingdom ... again, thank you, Friko, although maybe they're fans of "Downton Abbey" (see my previous post).
6) Japan ... don't ask me.
7) Hungary ... Hungary? Why would anyone from Hungary want to read my blog?
8) Nicaragua ... again, don't ask me
9) Ukraine ... I did mention Ukraine in my post The Far-Flung Family. I also have a friend whose parents came from Ukraine, and he treated B and me to a Ukrainian Christmas dinner, but no one in the blogosphere knows that! Besides, I featured Kazakhstan more prominently, and so far as I know, I have no visitors at all from that part of the world.
10) France ... okay, I only get un peu from France, but still, they make me feel even more sophisticated than the Canadians do!
Anyway, I'd be interested to know from fellow bloggers if you get readers from around the world. Or, from bloggers overseas, if you get a lot of American visitors. And does it make you feel "special" like it does me?
*Please note, esp. international readers who might miss something in translation, any attempt I ever make at humor is intended to make fun of nobody else but myself ... the point here being not that there's something strange about Nicaragua, or that Florida or Arizona is old and boring, but that I am old and boring -- and if you don't believe me, just ask my kids!