18 October 2005

visitors

I've dried up.

I have absolutely nothing of interest to blog about. Who wants to hear about housework, essays two returned two to go, the stress of putting one's house up for sale ( ... okay, breathe deeply, breathe ... ) and too many late nights. Book group, sewing group, tax (must must must), sourdough bread, Son No. 1's statewide test results, what on earth is for dinner tonight.

These are all the things buzzing around in my overworked head.

Even the camera batteries have died so I cannot photo-document my day for your amusement.

What to do?

So I idly peruse my blog stats. I discover that I have 86 readers. This amazes me, as only half a dozen people ever comment. I look closer. I have readers in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Portugal. How did this happen? (Welcome!) I'm blown away. Some months ago I had a reader from Nepal who stayed for 90 seconds.

There are other, more familiar visitors from Seattle, Tuvalu, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Canada, Slough. And someone from Lambeth, London. I was born in Lambeth and have the birth certificate to prove it. Hello Lambeth reader! And visitors from wonderful sounding towns like Chilliwack.

Now, what would happen if I invited all those in far away places to say hello?

Would you?

Will you?

40 comments:

Nicole said...

First time here, but I'm not shy! Hey there from Tennessee!

dani said...

i'm a regular. hi!!!

Tracy said...

Hello from Hicksville, Long Island

TH said...

Hi, I am from Saint Louis, MO and Sioux Falls, SD in the States, living part time in each place.

Dawn said...

Hello, you're right it's about time I left a comment! I started reading when I saw your picture of Pears soap on the self portrait tuesday thing (which I never normally check, so it was a great coincindence).

yaya said...

Hi from a regular reader and not far away - just West Melbourne!

Michele said...

We all have those days--full of undone housework, a garden in need of weeding and children who are always hungry. Thank you for the chance to "get away" from my life in the San Francisco Bay Area and read about your life in Australia. Usually I'm inspired by your creativity, other times I laugh out loud, and sometimes it is just good to know that someone else is feeling a bit overworked too.

Jan said...

Since you responded to my request, of course I'll identify myself! I'm from Indianapolis, Indiana and a regular reader. Sorry to hear you're having *one of those days*, Suse...but we all do, now and then. Welcome to the club!

jojo said...

Hi from Seattle! Funny, the Pears soap caught my eye too, and now I've subscribed to you on bloglines. Keep up your great blog. I enjoy reading it.

Heather said...

Hello!! Not too shy but a new reader from Central Ca.

Alice said...

Wow, that certainly brought a response. I always get such a thrill when I find a comment from another country, or a new reader, but I still love the 'old' ones (does that just about cover everyone?). I'd really love to go and meet everyone who comments regularly - I feel like they are friends already.

As an ex-Victorian I feel like I'm still in your neighbourhood. Well, I'm only 600klm up the road!

Suse said...

Hey th, what do MO and SD stand for?

Suse said...

Hey Jojo, I have been to Seattle twice in my life and I just love it.

I love it when people say things like I'm subscribing to you by bloglines. I'm so technically dyslexic I don't even know what this means.

But I'm flattered.

Teresa said...

Hello to you Suse, I enjoy reading your blog on Mersea Island in Essex, England.

SueeeuS said...

MO and SD are Missouri and South Dakota. And you know where I am!

Toryssa said...

Hello from Guernsey!

I'm impressed that your stats show you where people are from. Mine give me nothing so cool, just their internet provider. And really, I'm not interested.

Jane said...

Hello from the psychopath in Slough...I'm still miffed that I am recorded as being in Slough. Royal Berkshire would sound so much better.

Kim said...

Hey, I'm in Sydney - discovered you via someone else via someone else!

blackbird said...

hello pal.

you know where I am from.

Anonymous said...

Hello from Sydney! :) - cheers Belinda...

Gina E. said...

This is such a neat idea, Suse, I know from my Stats counter I have a lot more readers than comments, but I never thought to ask them to leave a comment, just so I can 'meet' them! If you are still moving to Warrandyte, you will only be a stone's throw from me! Hardly worth visiting on blogs...just kidding!

Jeanne said...

Hello from rainy (today) Southern California!

jess said...

I'm in Portland, Oregon, and I also subscribe to you on bloglines! (It means that bloglines.com tells me when you post something new. Very easy to subscribe to.)

Kitty said...

Hello. :D

Good luck with the house sale - moving's a bugger. We've just got into our new place, 9 months after we put our last one up for sale! I plan to stay for a VERY long time...

Elizabeth said...

Hi there from Toronto Canada. My stats don't tell me countries of origin either - a neat feature. good luck with the move - that may be on my horizon as well.

shellyC said...

Goodmorning Suse!!!

I love to hear about the "normal" everyday stuff!!

Where are you moving to?

K.T. said...

Greetings from Great Falls, Virginia (14 miles from Washington DC)! I just read your blog for the first time last week and I love it. And I love the Geography Roll Call. It is so much fun to see whre we all live. It is a little journey while drinking our coffee, and all without leaving our houses. Thanks!

Peggy said...

hello from NC.. check in often but first time saying hi

robin said...

haha! hi from keene, new hampshire. we love your life here in keene!

Jill said...

Hello from Pasadena, California!

shellyC said...

OK suse..how do we find the "blog stats"??
thanks

kyrie said...

i have to be honest; i'm a little sad that i'm the SECOND reader from portland, oregon to comment. so un-exotic, somehow. but i'm loving your blog, and am also a subscriber (do you feel like a magazine?), though on sage.

Surfing Free said...

Not exotic and not far away .. I'm in Sydney but geography won't stop me from saying g'day :) I enjoy your site and have two kids of my own so I am on your wave length!

kath red said...

hello from canberra. and i love the snippets of conversation with/between your kids - the penguins cracked me up.

ms*robyn said...

gee my blog must be boring cause I talk about the same stuff you do!!! people love to read stuff like that...thought I would say hi..found you through Patra's place - by the way how do you put a counter on your blog?

Sonia said...

Hello, I am from São Paulo, Brazil and I like so much your blog! Regards, Sonia.

Barb said...

Wow, site meter tells you all that? I'll have to look at my stats more carefully next time. And hello from California too!

Ayelet said...

Sorry I missed this post back when it was posted - I'm a regular reader too.
Hi from Israel! :)

jenny said...

Well, I've seen you at Blackbird's and visit during show and tell so now I'll take this opportunity to say hello from Massachusetts.

Anonymous said...

Actually Chilliwack is a horrible town. I should know, I lived there for 9 years.