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For this second installment of my special One-Year Anniversary post, I promised some insight into who is visiting this site (to the extent I can tell), where you are from, how you got here, and which posts you are reading.

Who Are You?
This site has nearly 200 regular readers who account for about half of all visits to this site.  That’s up from just one person 11 months ago.  Progress!

Lots of you have signed up to receive an email notification when a new post comes out. Occasionally you’re not enticed to “click through” to the full post when you get an email titled “Review of ‘An Old Dead Guy’s Journey to the White House’ by Random Author.”

But on average all of you are reading half the posts, or else half of you are reading every one of them.

Just over 60% of my regular readers are fellow bloggers, writing about everything from politics to travel to history.  One of your blogs introduced me to the term “YA” which I finally had to look up. Another of your blogs got me hooked on a chocolate blackberry bombe.

Where Are You?
So far, 89 countries have visited this site. The latest addition was yesterday – welcome aboard Guatemala!

Until I started examining where my traffic was sourced, I had never heard of the Aland Islands and I only barely remembered Vanuatu from the reality series “Survivor.” But from Argentina to Azerbaijan, from Kyrgyzstan to Nepal to Tanzania, you have come from every continent except Antarctica (where are your priorities McMurdo Station?)

Oddly I’ve had more visits from from Madagascar (five) than China (none at all). South Korea is a frequent visitor, but not its neighbor just to the north. Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria have all visited, but they seem preoccupied.

90% of visitors to this site hail from the United States. The next most popular countries of origin are the UK, Philippines, Australia, Canada, Germany and France. The next three: Thailand, India and the Czech Republic!

Of non-North American traffic, Europe holds a 45% share, followed by Asia (25%) and Australia (15%).  Africa and South America stop by every once in awhile.

How Did You Get Here?
About half of this site’s visits come from regular readers; the rest are sourced from search engines (Google holds an 85% market share, followed by Yahoo, Bing and Duckduckgo), and from Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter. My friends from high school and college occasionally humor me by clicking through via social media (thank you!)

Nearly 1,000 search terms have been used to find this site. The most popular are “best presidential biographies” and “best presidential bios.” They (along with their close relatives) account for almost 25% of my search engine hits. Makes sense.

Another 25% or so are variants of “best biographies of _____” (insert any famous early president).

But guess what else has worked:

“i can only imagine stuff from the left side”
“pls name the presidntial trophy wives?”
“we r all on a journey thru life and its too short”

It would be hard to make some of this stuff up.

What Are You Reading?
Nearly 50% of all page views fall into one of three groups:
– “The Best Presidential Biographies” list
– “The Best Biographies of ____” (Washington, Adams, Jefferson or Madison)
– “About” or “Background”

George Washington is the most popular of the presidents whose biographies I’ve read so far (40% share of page views) followed by Jefferson (30%), Adams (20%) and Madison (5%). Of course it helps that Washington’s reviews were the first I published. I’m quite interested to know what people will read when they can choose from the entire list of presidents. But we’re not quite there yet.

The most popular author so far is Ron Chernow with about a 10% share.  Not far behind are David McCullough, Joseph Ellis, Jon Meacham, John Ferling and James Flexner.

**In this first year I read 49 biographies on 10 presidents, totaling about 23,000 pages of text. More pages than expected were consumed while hanging out in the bleachers and thankfully fewer while sitting here.

I have another 116 biographies and 59,000 pages to go – until I add more biographies to the list, of course.

By the way, I know when your son or daughter has a book review due on a book I’ve read.  Everyone in his/her class is looking up the same thing at the same time. Yes, I can tell.

* * * * We now return to regular programming * * * *

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