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Around the World Through Cyberspace in One Month: 4/4/10 – 5/4/10

2010-May-12
By Martie Hevia | Blue Beach Song™

Thank You, Blue Beach Song Blog Readers/Visitors: April 4 – May 4, 2010:

Arlington, Vermont, United States
Athol, Massachusetts, United States
Austin Texas, United States
Berlin, Germany
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
Buffalo, New York, United States
Buxton, Maine, United States
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Cherryville, North Carolina, United States
Clearfield, Pennsylvania, United States
Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
Dekalb, Illinois, United States
Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Findlay, Ohio, United States
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, United States
Fornebu, Akershus, Norway
Fresno, California, United States
Fullerton, California, United States
Goodlettsville, Tennessee, United States
Hanoi, Dac Lac, Vietnam
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Hatfield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Hayward, California, United States
Hilliard, Ohio, United States
Hilton, New York, United States
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Homestead, Florida, United States
Houston, Texas, United States
Huntington Beach, California, United States
Irvine, California, United States
Islamabad, Pakistan
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Katy, Texas, United States
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Krasnodar, Russian Federation
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Lansing, Michigan, United States
Las Pinas, Rizal, Philippines
Lewisville, Texas, United States
Lille, Nord-pas-de-Calais, France
Lima, Peru
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Livermore, California, United States
London, Ontario, Canada
London, United Kingdom
Los Angeles, California, United States
Los Altos, California, United States
Lublin, Lubelskie, Poland
Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Madrid, Spain
Maple Heights, Ohio, United States
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Miami, Florida, United States
Millington, New Jersey, United States
Moscow, Moscow City, Russian Federation
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Newport, Washington, United States
North Hollywood, California, United States
Perry, Georgia, United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Pittsburg, Kansas, United States
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Pleasant Hill, California, United States
Plano, Texas, United States
Portage, Michigan, United States
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Pune, Mahrashtra, India
Rajkot, Gujarat, India
Riyadh, Air Riyad, Saudi Arabia
Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
Rockaway, New Jersey, United States
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Ryazan, Ryazan, Russian Federation
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
San Antonio, Texas, United States
San Diego, California, United States
San Francisco, California, United States
San Jose, California, United States
Santa Monica, California, United States
Seoul, Seoul-t’ukpyolsi, Korea, Republic Of
Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
Skopje, Karpos, Macedonia
Syracuse, New York, United States
Tbilisi, Dushet’is Raioni, Georgia
Toranto, Ontario, Canada
Torrance, California, United States
Unidentified, New York, United States
Unidentified, Unidentified, Italy
Unidentified, Unidentified, Unidentified
Unidentified, Unidentified, United States
Unidentified, Unidentified, United Kingdom
Urbana, Illinois, United States
Valdosta, Georgia, United States
Verwoerdburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Vigo, Galicia, Spain
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Yonkers, New York, United States



Around the World Through Cyberspace in One Month


As I wrote in the previous, Around the World Through Cyberspace in One Month… A couple of months ago, I signed up with a free service that tracks information about who visits your blog, what posts they read, and if they return to your site, among other things. Don’t worry, it doesn’t collect names and addresses, none of those stat services can do that, definitely not the free ones, but it does tell you the cities, states, and countries of your blog visitors. I have to admit I was curious, not just about which of my posts were popular or the rate of returning versus unique visitors, but mostly about how far my words were reaching beyond this house, beyond this room, beyond this screen I stare at as I write.



If you have read my posts, you have probably noticed that I write in a somewhat conversational tone, very much the way I talk. In my head, I am having a conversation with friends-I-have-not-yet-met and we are sitting in some cyber café kicking around ideas, and opinions, and thoughts, and topics of the day. For the most part, it is a one-way conversation until you, the reader, comment on my posts or send me messages on Twitter or Facebook about the posts. I love to hear what you think, I really appreciate your kind words, and I truly value your feedback.



Writing or blogging is so much more fulfilling and meaningful when you know that your words have not silently evaporated into cyberspace, after all, if no one reads what you write, have you really said anything… or if a tree falls in the forest… well, you get the idea. So, somewhat reticently, I took a look at the stats today, wondering if anyone beyond my family reads my blog, and I was incredibly surprised and in awe. It turns out only a handful of my readers are family members, the overwhelming majority are friends-I-have-yet-to-meet, perfect strangers from amazing places.



The power of the Internet and of the World Wide Web is awe-inspiring just merely in the thought that we can connect with people from all over the globe, all over the country, most of whom we will never meet. But, for me, to imagine that my words, typed across this screen, have travelled around the world, and have been read by so many in one month, is awe-inspiring… and to imagine that, as a result, your words, comments, and messages have reached and touched me… wow. I get goosebumps just thinking about it!



Thank you does not begin to express how humbled I am that you take time out of your day to read my posts and to tell me what you think. It means more than I can say. I hope I continue to make this blog something you want to read, and I hope you continue to think I am worthy of your thoughts, comments, and feedback. All the best, Martie.


Martie Hevia (c) 2010 – All Rights Reserved

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. FrordogyReede permalink
    2010-May-22 12:12 PM

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian

  2. 2010-May-13 12:06 AM

    Martie you are a great writer a very creative and kind person. I like the way you think outside the box. If you ever decide to “read” a telenovela with me I am sure it would be a very interesting journey.

    You deserve all your success

    your friend

    Tania

    • 2010-May-13 1:50 PM

      Tania, you are very kind and generous with your compliments, I really appreciate them. I am glad we met, even if it is only in cyberspace. You are a talented writer yourself, even though my reading of Spanish is more difficult and limited than I would like. Let me know what you mean by ‘reading’ a telenovela (aren’t they on television?), because ‘a very interesting journey,’ as you put it, sounds interesting indeed! Don’t forget to send me the link to the article you wrote about mothers with disabled children, I’d be happy to place a link to it on my Mother’s Day post, if you like. Your friend, as well… -Martie

    • 2010-May-14 12:13 AM

      I read good telenovelas like I would books and some telenovelas are based on books so I read them too. I study the charcters themes archetypes and such. I study the hype before they air , audience reation to telenovelas(buzz) online and how the press reacts to them

      I study how I react to them yes I study them becasue above all I am spectator that enjoys them . I laugh i cry and almost always fall for the “villians” because everything is not black and white there is always a gray

      I read telenovelas with fellow telenovela bloggers one is a professsor that teaches telenovelas as you would a mass comunications class or film class at an american college I read them with a friend from spain she has her own blog and she analizes what she likes and doesnt like about them as well as telenovela related material and another friend that takes them from a litterary perspective she compared betty la fea to faust and its villian’s fall from grace
      I think you would do a great job reading a telenovela you are a smart lady

      but then again we are already reading the best “telenovela” on television together arent we ? 😉

      My article isnt ready yet its still being edited by the guy that runs the website he wants to make minor aujustsments for a blog he wants to post it on,

    • 2010-May-14 10:23 AM

      Look forward to reading the final version of your article… and, you are right, Jay and Conan lend themselves well to a telenovela. -Martie

  3. 2010-May-12 5:22 PM

    Hello there, Martie!

    After looking through all those cities, I’d say you’re doing something right.
    I have a free tracer system like yours. I still get a kick at seeing who
    came when to look at what and how long did they stay. Very few people comment,
    unfortunately, and the majority of my viewers stay less than a minute. Bummer, huh?

    You have a lot going on. I’m sure you’re a very busy lady. If I had any money to spare,
    I’d buy something from you. Maybe, someday. Who knows? Be sure to let me know
    when you put your music and voice up for listening. Okay? I’d love to hear you! 🙂

    Best wishes to you, California girl! UT

    • 2010-May-13 1:43 PM

      Oh, thank you, Uncle Tree. I appreciate the sentiment – instead of buying something, maybe you can give me feedback when you see something you don’t like. It’s good to have some objective feedback, it’s the only way to get better at anything. You really should get your stories published – they are beautiful adult fairy tales that would work for kids, as well. For me, like I said, reading your stories is like going on a mini-vacation. Excellent work. Thanks, UT. -Martie

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