2012 in review

Posted: January 1, 2013 by Rog Tallbloke in Blog

Rog was going to write an intro to the annual report provided by WordPress, passing me a draft to add a numerical list of visitors by country, bots excepted, ripped out of the code for the WP map. This will go stale fast as news so with Rog taking 5 somewhere else, here goes.

[I expect Rog will edit this to add his take about the blog]

There were large traffic humps beginning and end of 2012, neither intended by us. First the attention given by the police raid on Tallbloke just before Christmas 2011, combined with somehow acting as a conduit for Nikolov and Zeller sounding out the blogosphere. Recently one of the lunatic fringe came to light indirectly libelling and wanting death for Tallbloke… suppressed anger leaking out more likely, a continuing demonstration of why immediate communication is unwise for many. Betcha he would not say that to your face but released by the lack of face to face, how it goes. To me though this is utterly damning of anyone holding a position of responsibility.

Below is the WordPress report where I have appended the country list. I was surprised by some of the details yet this means there are people with some kind of interest. A significant number from the West Bank was a surprise given all their troubles but on thinking about this a year ago the blog did mention Palestine, a region where there could be so much interest for everyone if only it was not torn apart by strife. So who was it in Bhutan? Zeros for Iran, North Korea are no surprise, although proxy connections and cloaking means the list is only approximate anyway.  How may unusual locations are cloaking? Wish I knew.

As an English language blog, getting much attention outside of the anglo-phone world is unlikely.

And you the reader are part of all this, without you there would be nothing. Together we make more.

Thank you.

Tim Channon, co-moderator


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 820,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 15 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 visit rank by count
Country Count Code
The United States 178421 US
The United Kingdom 173931 GB
Australia 58139 AU
Canada 37688 CA
New Zealand 18130 NZ
Sweden 16958 SE
Germany 14867 DE
Italy 13595 IT
Finland 12559 FI
Mexico 10768 MX
Netherlands 10291 NL
Norway 9926 NO
France 9155 FR
IE 6659 IE
Spain 5307 ES
Peru 3802 PE
India 3391 IN
Denmark 3345 DK
Indonesia 2997 ID
Switzerland 2567 CH
Belgium 2440 BE
Brazil 2163 BR
Austria 2116 AT
Czech Republic 1833 CZ
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1822 BA
Portugal 1785 PT
Philippines 1768 PH
South Africa 1684 ZA
Hungary 1670 HU
Japan 1598 JP
Poland 1414 PL
Malaysia 1134 MY
Turkey 1006 TR
Thailand 984 TH
Uganda 979 UG
Iceland 908 IS
Greece 853 GR
Egypt 825 EG
United Arab Emirates 810 AE
Russia 719 RU
Argentina 715 AR
Slovakia 709 SK
Chile 684 CL
South Korea 637 KR
Hong Kong 617 HK
Lithuania 569 LT
Romania 542 RO
Croatia 529 HR
Israel 523 IL
Namibia 520 NA
Malta 478 MT
Bulgaria 468 BG
Singapore 461 SG
Slovenia 391 SI
Serbia 360 RS
TW 356 TW
Pakistan 344 PK
Costa Rica 335 CR
Saudi Arabia 335 SA
GE 309 GE
Isle of Man 309 IM
Ukraine 308 UA
Estonia 305 EE
Colombia 289 CO
EU 279 EU
Tunisia 271 TN
Vietnam 244 VN
Luxembourg 243 LU
Latvia 241 LV
Mongolia 236 MN
Armenia 204 AM
Algeria 195 DZ
MD 184 MD
Cyprus 183 CY
Jordan 167 JO
MK 163 MK
Azerbaijan 134 AZ
Venezuela 113 VE
Bangladesh 112 BD
Iraq 112 IQ
Nigeria 103 NG
Sri Lanka 103 LK
Albania 95 AL
Morocco 93 MA
Puerto Rico 91 PR
Kenya 78 KE
Tanzania 73 TZ
Ecuador 70 EC
Kuwait 70 KW
Cambodia 69 KH
Lebanon 63 LB
PS 62 PS
Guatemala 60 GT
Oman 58 OM
Jamaica 56 JM
Qatar 56 QA
Dominican Republic 53 DO
Trinidad and Tobago 53 TT
Mauritius 49 MU
Jersey 48 JE
Libya 47 LY
Gibraltar 43 GI
Papua New Guinea 43 PG
Guernsey 42 GG
Paraguay 41 PY
Uruguay 40 UY
Panama 38 PA
Fiji 35 FJ
Bahrain 34 BH
Belize 34 BZ
Belarus 33 BY
Montenegro 33 ME
SY 32 SY
The Bahamas 31 BS
Zimbabwe 31 ZW
AP 28 AP
Cayman Islands 28 KY
Ethiopia 28 ET
Kazakhstan 21 KZ
Nepal 21 NP
Ghana 18 GH
Guyana 18 GY
Sudan 18 SD
Afghanistan 17 AF
MM 17 MM
BN 16 BN
Bolivia 15 BO
Honduras 15 HN
Barbados 13 BB
China 12 CN
El Salvador 12 SV
Guam 12 GU
LA 12 LA
MO 12 MO
Aruba 11 AW
Nicaragua 11 NI
Suriname 10 SR
Yemen 10 YE
Antigua and Barbuda 9 AG
Bermuda 9 BM
GM 9 GM
Senegal 9 SN
Cameroon 8 CM
Kyrgyzstan 8 KG
Madagascar 8 MG
VI 8 VI
CW 7 CW
Djibouti 7 DJ
Liechtenstein 7 LI
Maldives 7 MV
RE 7 RE
Haiti 6 HT
Turks and Caicos Islands 6 TC
Botswana 5 BW
Faroe Islands 5 FO
VG 5 VG
Angola 4 AO
Benin 4 BJ
Cape Verde 4 CV
Grenada 4 GD
MQ 4 MQ
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 VC
u00c5land Islands 4 AX
Vanuatu 4 VU
Zambia 4 ZM
Andorra 3 AD
French Polynesia 3 PF
GF 3 GF
Netherlands Antilles 3 AN
New Caledonia 3 NC
Burkina Faso 2 BF
Cu00f4te d\’Ivoire 2 CI
Dominica 2 DM
Guadeloupe 2 GP
Lesotho 2 LS
Malawi 2 MW
Mozambique 2 MZ
Rwanda 2 RW
Seychelles 2 SC
American Samoa 1 AS
Bhutan 1 BT
Burundi 1 BI
Cook Islands 1 CK
Cuba 1 CU
Gabon 1 GA
Greenland 1 GL
Mauritania 1 MR
Monaco 1 MC
Niger 1 NE
Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 KN
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 1 PM
Solomon Islands 1 SB
ST 1 ST
Swaziland 1 SZ
Togo 1 TG
Tonga 1 TO
VA 1 VA
Comments
  1. Roger Andrews says:

    Ha! A top ten finish for Mexico. I’ll take the credit for that. :-)

  2. Tenuc says:

    Interesting that France didn’t make the top 10. I wonder why?

  3. tallbloke says:

    Thanks Tim.
    I’m looking after a poorly missus just now, I’ve been down with man flu over the last few days too. :(

  4. tchannon says:

    Oh dear dear, you both need a hug.

  5. ntesdorf says:

    Good to see that you have your man-on-the-spot in Greenland to combat false assertions concerning the Greenland ice sheet.

  6. Ray Tomes says:

    I think that Kiwis (New Zealanders) are top of the pops on a population basis.

  7. Robin says:

    Well done Roger and Team. I’m glad to have been part of the NZ statistic; (although right now I’m giving Aussie a good start into 2013). All the very best for 2013, and get well soon Mr and Mrs Tallbloke.

  8. Zeke says:

    You have 12 visits from China, and 1 from Cuba. That is most interesting, thank you for posting. Any visitors from those countries are in government.

  9. Rog and team, congrats. Ray & Robin -you have spread the word & you seem to have a good Prime Minister in NZ. Rog (& team) you need to get the word out to Canada -it seems that they have a good Prime Minister and they should be well ahead of Australia based on population (and independent- from USA thinking). Also surprised at the low standing of Denmark – even though some there benefit from selling windmills they can not all be in the pocket of the AGW believers. Lomberg maybe a warmist but at least he says money is being wasted on the climate scam and that there are cheaper engineering solutions to rising sea levels, crop growing and health IF there is a need in future.
    People may not fully agree with Prof Claes Johnson (http://claesjohnson.blogspot.com.au/) on everything but I believe he has excellent mathematical and fluid dynamics knowledge and is willing to take on board (in a Swedish way) good ideas.from commentators (of which I have been one). I am sure that his skeptical followers are part of the Swedish traffic to this blog.
    Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all.

  10. Bruckner8 says:

    Whatever came of all the Nickolov & Zeller (and Jellbring) stuff from last January/February? That drove the Talkshop for a bit, with promise of “we’ll look into it and get back to you.”

    What’s the latest?

  11. oldbrew says:

    Can’t find the ‘u00c5land Islands’ on any maps :-/

  12. Roger Andrews says:

    u00c5land = ISO country code “AX” = Åland, a semi-autonomous Finnish island in the Gulf of Bothnia. “u00c5″ seems to be the closest WordPress can get to an A with a circle over the top.

  13. Roger Andrews says:

    WordPress identifies about 820,000 visits but the numbers on the table add up to only 637,733, so approximately 180,000 visits were “cloaked”. The Norfolk Constabulary, presumably. ;-)

  14. Zeke says:

    While it is possible to access some sites in China, and while there is a considerable language barrier, 12 hits from China is a reminder of the repressive policy on speech in that country.

    Recall that Google long cooperated with Chinese government censorship, until Jan 2011. “The censorship fracas began after Google disclosed it had traced a 2009 cyberattack back to Chinese hackers, who allegedly stole some of the company’s proprietary computer code and attempted to spy on Chinese activists’ Gmail accounts. Chinese officials denied any connection to the incident.

    Google subsequently stopped offering Web search on its main Chinese site…

    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal back then, Mr. Brin said China’s efforts to censor the Web and suppress dissidents reminded him of the “totalitarianism” of the Soviet Union, where he was born. “In some aspects of their policy, particularly with respect to censorship,” he added, “I see the same earmarks of totalitarianism, and I find that personally quite troubling.”

    It is important to remember that the Chinese system is not open, even if you can occasionally access some sites in China. It is in the self-interest of scientists to support an open society, a prosperous citizenry, and individual liberty. China has recently even arrested scientists for working on Golden Rice. China has also taken an aggressive interest in so-called “sustainability” and sustainable practices for western economies, which would considerably weaken agricultural output and raise world grain prices. Is that because China is deeply concerned about the envoironment, and “Saving the World”? Really?

    Recall that Sha Zukang was the Secretary General of the Rio +20 sustainablility world summit, and he likewise awarded a peace prize to the General responsible for the Tiananmen Square massacre.