Friday, March 1, 2013

To Russia, with love

Russian Readers - I've missed you

There are many interesting parts to blogging.  I get to write whatever I want.  I imagine all sorts of smart people reading the things I write.  I actually think I am popular from time to time.  And sadly sometimes,  I will admit this, I find myself  wishing for more comments...yes, your approval!  Yet, even that is interesting to me because this blogging thing is so self-involved.  But the best part about blogging...aside from my very clever self, is the statistics.

For a type A, very curious, organized, list-oriented person - statistics are a dream come true!  All  things statistics on this blog are so very cool, in my opinion.  It is neat to learn just how people get to the blog, what operating system or what browser they use.  It is eye-opening to see the search terms.  It is fun to see if people find me by linking through Pinterest, Facebook or a Flannel Friday friend. It is exciting to see how many people visit the blog, what time of day or night they visit and which post is the most popular.  I love it.  And yes, there is a best in this category as well.  The very best thing about statistics is discovering what country you live in.

I don't know who you are. I just get to know what country you live in.  As events happen around the world, my readership changes.  This is absolutely fascinating to me.  So, when the meteor blast landed in Russia - my heart hurt.  The green color covering Russia disappeared on my statistics map.  That loss of color indicated that my Russian Readers had stopped following the blog.  And because I generally post fun ways to share books with little ones, I worried for the kids.  I worried for the families.

Over the past 4 days I've noticed the Russian readers and fellow-bloggers are coming back.  I am so very pleased.  Welcome, I've missed you.  I wish the best for you and your family.  I hope you are healing.  Thank you for coming back to Piper Loves the Library.  It is reassuring to see the green color of readership return to Russia on the statistics map.  It's a very good thing.

 Piper Loves the Library registers just under 2000 visits per month and more than 320 of those visits are from Russia.  Sometimes I think you are a group of preschool teachers.  Maybe you are Americans abroad? This, as I said, is a very interesting part about blogging.  I still don't know who you are, but you may like to know that I have been to Saint Petersburg, Russia.... and I was in awe.


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  2. This is a lovely post. You have such a big heart, Jane <3
    I have also enjoyed reading about your 26 Acts of Kindness -. What a touching tribute to the victims of that sad day. It's inspiring and heart breaking all at once.

    1. Better late than never...thank you Amanda.! You are always so kind. .As we approach the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shootings my heart is heavy. I was thinking of bringing milk and cookies to the firemen around the corner again.


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