Saturday, September 11, 2010

I'm Big in Latvia

I was looking at some of the statistics for this blog this morning, and I happened to notice they have a list of what nations comprise my readership. The top ten list of nations are, in descending order:

United States
United Kingdom
Canada
Germany
Australia
Russia
India
Netherlands
Brazil
Latvia

No real surprises here--a list of hyper-aggressive G20 nations wouldn't be too terribly different, so I suppose it makes sense that it's a reasonable who's who of English-heavy nations that enjoy candy reviews and cleavage jokes. And I suppose I scared off all the Frenchy Frenches with my Fort Necessity post.

But...Latvia?

Nothing wrong with Latvia, but it just seems so out of place. They're good people, I'm sure, but I don't know any Latvians and they're not exactly known to be lovers of sarcasm and board games, at least out of proportion to their population, and certainly not a country that I would think would be scoping out my blog.

So I wonder why? Are they amused by my anti-bat hijinks? Are they impressed with my fanboyish Nixon obsession? I suppose it could be the World Cup, but they didn't even qualify this year, and Spain, Argentina, and Uruguay are conspicuously absent from the above list.

Anyway, I crunched some numbers. Turns out that, based on population and page views, I am more popular in Latvia than I am in my own native country. 1.2 times more popular, to be exact. I'm not sure what that means, but I suddenly have a craving for pierogis, beet soup, and caraway cheese. Go Team Riga!

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