Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Tell me why ...

Now and then, with no particular regularity, I take a look at the world map provided by the tracking service to which I subscribe. It doesn’t tell you who is visiting your blog but it does tell you from what city and country they are tuning in. Japan, Finland, Argentina, lots of small towns in America, Germany and France, England – it still amazes me when I check the stats. Most people drop in for a second or two, random hits – one page wonders who are in for a blink then on their way. But now and then there are folks who stay for an hour or two or more and read a hundred entries. Or, like this morning, I noticed a spike in visits to one entry in particular, an older one, and I have no idea why.

So if you are one of the folks who just happened by, and found something of interest here, I’d like you to spend an extra second or two and tell me a little about yourself and how you found me.

Thanks …

21 Comments:

Blogger Jeffrey said...

I've read through many of your entries, but one thing puzzles me. Are you married? Divorced? Wife passed away? I hope I'm not being too forward is asking, but I never hear you mention HH's mother.

Thanks in advance.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Squirrel said...

I like reading your archives, though I've been really busy & haven't read any in a while.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Squirrel said...

I don't have a site meter, but some folks do e mail me once in a blue moon to tell me they lurk or to ask about Nyack.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

jeffrey ... thanks for your visit and comment - read july 8 & 9.

squirrel ... thanks for stopping in ... and I was just discussing nyack yesterday - small world.

3:37 AM  
Blogger Chloe said...

this happens all the time and sometimes i too wonder why. in the past i have searched through archives too, no particular reason just liked the writing. Sometimes the sitemeter shows that someone has spent hours on a particular post when they have simply left the page or tab (if they have firefox) open for a long time while doing other things online. You can never know :)

6:40 PM  
Blogger Diane Mandy said...

Every once in a great while I notice a random someone who spent an hour or more perusing my blog. Your blog (always so delightfully written) I can understand. But mine?

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a fan of yours for a long time.
Had a blog of my own but got too busy and havent
visited yours in quiet a while.
I knew you and HH would be in Smalltown ,so I had to pop in and find out how HH was enjoying his summer.
Richard ,you are a great Papa :)

2:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

North Carolina. I actually came here from American in Germany's blog.

12:00 PM  
Blogger d. chedwick said...

Are you going to the Farmer's Market today @3pm? I'll look for you, anyway.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

We'll I should be no mystery at all. Have loved your blog for over 2 years now. I'm reliable, consistent and boring! :-)

Carol

6:21 PM  
Blogger NS parent said...

I came to your blog by searching "relocating from NY to Cologne" because I was considering a relocation to Cologne from New York. It's been very helpful to me because I'm a parent too and while originally from Germany, I've been in the US for 20 years and would be considered an "expatriate" in my own homeland.. I guess..

I don't think I can leave New York though..... and I'm writing this with one laughing and one crying eye! You're a good dad! All the best to you, Richard.

Daniela

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Richard,

I don't remember but I think I found you at www.expat-blog.com.

And I'm probably one of those that clicked through your archive - just because your writing catched me somehow.

Thomas

9:47 PM  
Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

Hi from Seattle, well, close to it. I enjoy your writing and seeing through your windows your new and old home cultures. I have friends in Germany & have enjoyed visiting (& community gardens in Munich). I enjoy learning about the day to day life in other places and you share some of that. Don't recall how I found you, and sometimes I have to catch up on past weeks. Enjoy your summer! Paula

6:32 AM  
Blogger heather said...

Hi, from between Cologne and D'dorf (sometimes my isp routes me through D'dorf other times through Hilden in your stats).

I stop by to read what you're up to as you're one of the bloggers closest to me geographically, but primarily because I enjoy your gentle, introspective thoughts on life here as a foreigner.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Trustees said...

Richard, you could teach parenting classes at the Uni. You're a fabulous daddy.

1:55 AM  
Blogger C N Heidelberg said...

I read you via Google Reader. I have commented before, though, so I know you know I'm here. :)

9:49 PM  
Blogger Wenda said...

I won't be new to you, either, Richard, but it's been a while since I stopped by for a visit. I've s topped by tonight because I'm tidying up the list of blogs I read and wanted to be sure that my link to yours was current.

I don't rmember exactly how I found you, but I think I read some thoughtful comment you'd left on someone else's blog and tracked my way back to enjoy more of your writing -- which I have continued to do.

7:23 AM  
Blogger tut-tut said...

Through Squirrel!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Berlinbound said...

Thanks all ... I really appreciate the notes and comments. We are back home now from our summer in the Catskills and I expect I'll be writing all about it soon ... Please stop in again!

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’m American MBA/Computer Engineer with the option of Duel Citizenship with Germany . I have not claimed it as yet. I’m trying to decide if I want to actively seek employment in Germany.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard, I check in from time to time to find out what you and your family have been up to....here and in Germany. Wish we could have stopped by for another visit while you were in Smallwood this summer. HH sounds like he is doing well and you certainly enjoy being the proud Papa! Take care. Sue H

1:34 AM  

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