My WordPress Journey

I started blogging way back in 2012 after retiring from the Army. Didn’t have much to do then, so I thought I’d go back to one of my early passions – which was sportswriting. But then, I thought I it was time to broaden my horizons, having acquired a wealth of experience in other fields. With that, my blogging hobby was born. (Please read: Happy First Anniversary, Blogger!!!)

Back in 2013, I had an article that went viral, making close to 2 million hits in a span of 10 days. The article was: A Survivor’s Story. It was a heady time for me, and I got rewarded with more than a thousand dollars for it! Wow! One year into blogging and I was being compensated for something I enjoyed doing! Yep, a little income for some beer and popcorn. It was a great inspiration, as I watched the WordPress map of places my blog had reached slowly fill up with shaded colors. (Please read: My Five years of Blogging)

My WordPress Map.

And so I started tracking the WordPress map, to know which countries my blog had been to, as well as countries it hasn’t been to yet. It was a great learning experience too, as I started to learn about a lot of countries and territories I had no inkling existed. Weird sounding names like Bouvet Island, Comoros, Kiribati, Mayotte, Pitcairn, Tokelau and Tuvalu popped out. It truly is very humbling to know that there is so much I still have to learn about our world.

Hello! I’m Buchi! My Grandma Wowit says I’m gonna be a blogger too when I grow up.

WordPress lists 251 countries and territories, although the number really varies, as people have different definitions of what really makes a country or a territory or a dependent area. Suffice it to say that I am using the WordPress list for now as reference to my blog’s global journey.

Here’s the list of countries based on the WordPress Country List, with the number of hits garnered.

 

Hi again! We didn’t want to bore you with too many figures, so we’re skipping some, ok?

My biggest draws were my disaster blogs, the first person accounts, the sports blogs and a little on my advocacies and travel. I’ve actually been violating one basic rule in blogging, the one about working on a specific niche market. Heck, I have a lot of different interests. And I just want to write about them. So I decided I’d do away with that and just listen to my heart. The rest is history.

What rewards did I get from this undertaking? Well, aside from the remunerations, it has opened up new opportunities for me (including trips to far-away places like Ireland, Australia, etc), it has afforded me new friends, and most important of all, it has gifted with so much learning from the experience as well. Looking at the WordPress map has been a geography lesson in itself. Thank you, WordPress, and thank you, everyone, for joining me in this wonderful journey. Thanks too to my new friend, SindrElf, for the encouragement to do this project. (Please read: 21 Countries that Have Not Showed Up in My WordPress Visitor Stats)

Of the 251 countries listed in the WordPress Country List, 37 (listed below) have not been reached as of the present. Here’s a shout-out to all the bloggers out there: keep writing, folks, the blessings will come soon enough. God bless us all! 

Hello again, friend! Is your country listed below in bold letters? Could you please do my Grampa a favor?              
  1. Antarctica 
    Amazing Antartica (The Verge) – I wish I – and not just my blog – could go and experience this place myself.                                                             
  2. Bouvet Island                                                                                                                                        
  3. Burkina Faso                                                            
  4. Central African Republic                                              
  5. Chad
  6. Christmas Island                                                              
  7. Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  8. Comoros                                                                             
  9. Eritrea
  10. Falkland Islands
  11. French Guiana
  12. French Southern Territories
  13. Guinea-Bissau
  14. Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  15. Kiribati
  16. Kosovo
  17. Mayotte
  18. Montserrat
    Montserrat, the Pompeii of the Caribbean. (Volcano Cafe)
  19. Nauru
  20. Niger
  21. Norfolk Island
  22. North Korea
  23. Pitcairn
  24. São Tome & Príncipe
  25. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  26. St. Barthélemy
  27. St. Helena
  28. St. Martin
  29. St. Pierre & Miquelon
  30. Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  31. Tajikistan
  32. Tokelau
  33. Turkmenistan
  34. Tuvalu
  35. United States Minor Outlying Islands
  36. Wallis & Futuna
  37. Western Sahara
Keep blogging, guys! Just keep on bloggingzzzzz…

Here are some of the countries/territories in my list left unhit. Wish my blog gets to visit these places. (For a clearer look, just click on the pics.) 

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13 comments

    1. Hurray!!! So now I can rightfully say that many of us are learning from all this. The geography lessons alone are a big thing for me. Now, I am trying to learn about all the areas my blog hasn’t been to yet. If my blog doesn’t get to go there, then I – through the power of the internet – will get there! it is noth a humbling and an enlightening experience for me.

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    1. I guess it was just the timing. i had been blogging about the Bohol earthquake at that time. and it was gaining traction with around 3-5 thousand hits a day. and then came super storm haiyan. it was a big tragedy for the country. with thousands of dead, plus nightmarish pictures of destruction, people around the world were hungry for news about it. i didn’t share the article at all, just finished the piece one evening, posted it in my fb page, then went to sleep. the following day, i was shocked to see my figures growing real fast. it was like hitting jackpot in the casinos. i guess it was other people sharing the piece, as i did not even go to Google or anything. then it caught on when it got syndicated by huffington post. all of a sudden, i got ads flooding my blog. and that’s that.

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        1. it was! really shocking! i was watching the numbers, and they just kept going up, up, and up. i thought i must be dreaming. 1st day, i had 812 thousand hits, 2nd day it was 781T, 3rd day it was still going strong with 289T. it was a weird, fantastic feeling really.

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