The world is so small these days

One of the things that has surprised me the most about blogging is the disproportionate amount of my readership that comes from foreign countries. By my rough back of the hand calculations, about 50% of all the blogs that have linked to either this site or my essay site since they were started have been foreign based. Now admittedly, that is 50% of a small number. But that only makes the mystery all the greater.

Why would a blog put out by a knuckle dragging ignorant hillbilly who can barely speak English attract a disproportionate share of his visitors from foreign countries? Especially when I have always heard that Americans are over-represented on the internet?

Admittedly, most of the foreign based blogs that link to this particular site do so directly or indirectly as a result of Edward Hugh and Claus Vistesen’s activities. But even my essay site had a disproportionate share its traffic from outside the U.S. At least, it did back when my essay site was still a reasonably active site.

In one particularly memorable instance, I had a mini-storm of Spanish speaking traffic coming from all over Spain, Latin American, and parts of Europe to one particular essay on my essay site called “An Apology”. It was all coming from this one Spanish language blog that I could not read. As best as I could figure out, they either thought that the essay was funny or relevant to what they were talking about, or some combination of the two.

The latest round of incoming foreign traffic comes by way of a blog called A Fistful of Euros. It was started by a passing mention of my rant against the Economist in this piece here by Edward Hugh. But apparently my rant inspired another contributor to A Fistful of Euros by the name of Guy La Roche to write his own post on the subject called Vox populi versus “erudition.”

I am going to write a response to what Mr. La Roche has written later on. But I just wanted to take a moment to marvel at the fact that my blog is sparking thought in foreign climes. Who would have thought that would happen?

Sometimes the Internet almost manages to live up to its hype.

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