The WordPress stats provide details not only of the number of visitors to this site, but also the country in which they are located. Though most readers are based in the UK, the site is viewed daily by visitors from a range of countries. The data supplied by WordPress for 2012 shows that during the year the site received visitors from a total of 125 countries.
Today, for instance, readers came from a dozen countries other than the UK – Belgium USA, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Germany, Vietnam, Italy, South Africa, the Isle of Man, and Taiwan. In some cases it is a single visit, but in others there are several.
I am not sure if this reflects overseas interests in Britain and British politics (a good number of people reach the site by typing ‘characteristics of being British’ in their search engine) or because some of my posts relate to other countries or my visits overseas. Whatever the motivation for visiting, I feel I should in future emulate Nicholas Parsons on Just a Minute and regularly welcome all our overseas visitors.
In any event, welcome (or welcome back) to all readers. Am I still in time to wish everyone a Happy New Year?