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Expat wanderer

Stat Bump

There are a lot of factors in blogging that I don’t control. I have no control over the policies of the countries I live in. I have no control over who might like my posts and tell their friends. And I have no control over what posts might tickle interest among blog readers.

Kuwait has a lively, active blogging community, even in the face of competition from FaceBook and Twitter. Many bloggers have gone inactive, working in new areas, and have come back to blogging. Leaving Kuwait, moving to Doha, I lost about 300 – 500 regular viewers per day. I know, I know, some of you found the sunrise-over-the-Gulf daily photos SO so boring, but there were Kuwaitis all over the world who checked in just to see what Kuwait looked like each day, and having been in their position (I still check Seattle every day, and Pensacola) I know how they feel.

Some posts I consider “filler.” Maybe I can’t think of anything to say, so I share a piece of news that interests me. Or I ask a question. Posts I just tapped off and posted without giving it a lot of thought then take off, and over the months and years maintain a steady popularity. The posts I like the best are posts where my readers have stepped in, commented and we’ve all learned more about something.

At Halloween, I had my all time high stat bump – on an article I had written two years earlier. Last night, I watched the numbers climb irrationally on a news article on the Perseids – and oh, by the way, even though last night was the peak, they are still out there, and if you can find a quiet, light free spot, you are in for a thrill. I remember one year, AdventureMan and I headed for Clearwater Beach, and it was like Spring Break except it was dark, what a hoot! Everyone had blankets or beach loungers, laying out flat, looking up at the sky – with all their clothes on! It was night!

This is what I could see this morning:


Ah well, coming up are Friday and Saturday, the two worst-stat days of the week. Some days I don’t even bother blogging on Saturday!

Have you ever had an irrational stat bump? Did anyone in Kuwait or Doha go out last night to watch the Perseids? Any luck?

August 13, 2009 - Posted by | Blogging, Doha, Entertainment, Kuwait, Qatar, Statistics


  1. It was dusty last night in kuwait

    Comment by daggero | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. Oh, Daggero, and the weather report says it is dusty again today. Makes it hard to see, even out in the desert. 😦

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. I say, moving out of Kuwait, you are now experiencing chocolate withdrawal syndrome. Come back to Kuwait(no kidding) because it’s worth it!

    Comment by I am only adulting | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Adulting – I recognize that tone! Actually, I am checking Jazeera – special prices – for maybe visiting a little later on. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  5. Stats are addictive, I went crazy in July when the stat counter nose dived… DOesn’t feel the same if the stat counter don’t hit 500 .. Depressing yeah? πŸ˜›

    Comment by GreY | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  6. I had a stat bump recently when I posted about the MSN foto virus… sometimes you just cant explain things πŸ™‚

    Comment by bloggermathai | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  7. Grey, my stats always go down in July, but I think FaceBook and Twitter are also cutting into blogging. However, the youngers are moving on to other spaces, so I hear, now that Mom and Dad and Grandma are also on FaceBook, LOL!

    Mathai – and what is funny about the bumps is that you NEVER know!!! Some come back months later!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 17, 2009 | Reply

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