Judging from the sparse commenting here, you'd think less than a dozen people are visiting the blog. But according to SiteMeter, there's been over 3,500 hits since the blog's inception in mid-August. Now it could be that there are less than a dozen people visiting dozens of times a day, but somehow I doubt it! SiteMeter says the daily average is about 60.
Even more fun than the numbers is finding out where people are from -- Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, China, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan. And just about every part of the United States, too: Youngstown, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas (Hi, Mom!); Dillon, South Carolina; Vacaville, California; Lawrence, Kansas; Massepequa, New York; St. Paul, Minnesota; Tacoma, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; Traverse City, Michigan; Sunapee, New Hampshire; Chattanooga, Tennessee.
But my favorite part is the "Referrals" list -- how it is people found the site. Some it's because I'm on other blogs' blogrolls, and I thank you for including me! Some it's from emails to listservs -- and thank you for telling folks about Adoption Talk.
And I love looking at the various searches that get people to the blog. Some make sense -- you do a search for "talking to kids about adoption," you're likely to find us. And how about the person in Japan, using a French version of Google, looking for corruption in Chinese adoption? Found us! Searches for books we've reviewed, articles posted (the Newsweek article about the decline in international adoption was a frequent search that got people here), topics we've discussed ("parent teacher conference & international adoption," "disabled orphanage," "discussing skin color with kids").
The weirdest one is the search of blogs for "wife sharing." EEEEWWWWWWW! How did THAT lead here?!
Anyway, thanks for the hits! How about a rollcall in the comments? Where are you from, how did you find us, why do you read?
Grieving the Unknown.
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