A thousand thanks for a thousand reads.
We send out this thanks because sometime on Nov. 9, this blog reached a significant benchmark: 1,000 unique views. As some know, blogging is like an ongoing construction project and this construction project is just laying the foundation. So we are thankful for the readers, besides our friends and relatives, who have come along to see our work in progress and leave a comment or two.
Yes, a thousand views isn’t that much considering the scope of the media universe. Certainly, an internet platform like The Huffington Post can clear that many readers in about five minutes. (There are many reasons why that is so, but that’s a tangent we don’t need to dwell on here.)
However, as an editor and educator who has launched various blogs attached to courses or university projects, my view is reaching the 1,000 mark in seven weeks is a sign of some success.
So while our writers are taking a well-deserved bow (and this group is not done yet) we also want to recognize our wide group of readers. Although most of our readers are from the D.C. metro area (Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia), more than 20 percent are from elsewhere, and about 17 percent are from outside the United States. That’s certainly a sign of success for a blog about international media. During these first weeks, we’ve had readers in 27 states and territories of the U.S. and 31 other countries. Outside the U.S., we usually have readers weekly from Australia, Canada, and India. But we’ve also had readers from such disparate spots as Venezuela, Zimbabwe, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia, and the Philippines.
And what about those readers at the Vatican? What were they reading? Could the pope have been reading Tara Ashraf’s recent piece on the need for more interfaith discussions in pop culture?
Although we are based at American University, only 16 percent of our current readers are based there. We’ve had readers at seven other universities, including Keimyung University in South Korea.
And besides those notable readers at the Vatican, we’ve had visits from readers at NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Smithsonian, and even Australia’s tax collection agency. (We swear. This blog does not owe any taxes in Australia. Really.)
Our most popular posting so far has been Jeff Hutter’s “Hitting a Sour Note: Cheryl Cole’s Accent Silenced on The X Factor.” However, Jessica Andrews’ “Graphic Images: Burying Gaddafi’s Corpse or Putting it on the Front Page?” is a close runner-up. Those pieces actually provide strong bookends to the wide breadth of topics covered by this international blog. And they also show our range from interesting pop culture commentary to deep ethical discussions of media behavior.
The piece that has generated the most commentary, so far, is Echo Xie’s “Ruzuo: Cinema Paradiso in China.” Perhaps her elegant essay spurred on the additional commentary. One suggestion: perhaps when you are done reading this or some other posts, you might go over there to leave a comment or perhaps leave one wherever the prose has moved you.
Thanks for reading our offerings on this new blog. We hope you and our other readers come back for more.
(The photo of construction signs in Montreal, Canada is by jphilipg of Montreal, Canada via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)