It is interesting to track the places where people are who visit my blog. I expect many are planning a vacation or a move to Costa Rica, or are friends and acquaintances curious about how we are doing.
Since last November when I started keeping track, there have been “visits” from 45 different countries. The majority have come from Canada, the United States, and Costa Rica. But, a respectable number have come from Europe and Asia.
The Asian countries include Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Russian Federation (partly Asian), Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates.
The following is tongue-in-cheek:
Now, back to the United States. So far, there have been visits from many different places in 41 states, and one visit from “Washington / District of Columbia”. The visit from Washington was strange. Lance happened to be online at the time. Notations of individual page views were showing up on the computer screen in rapid sequence - almost as if each page was being analyzed electronically - but not read by a real person.
My conspiracy theory: Maybe there are clandestine powers who monitor Internet traffic and get curious when they detect traffic going from a blog like my own, or any other blog, to places around the world which include places like “Phnom Penh / Cambodia”, “Taoyuan / China”, “Moscow City / Russia”, “Dubai / United Arab Emirates”, etc. The powers that be might wonder what common interest all these people have to attract them to my blog. Does their interest pose a threat? Or, is their interest benign? Intelligence Analyst strategy: have a computer do a forensic analysis of the blog’s content. If the computer finds no red flags, then that’s the end of the matter. Otherwise, have a real person look at the blog page by page - spending a lot more time on each page than the time which was spent on the strange visit from Washington, D.C.
Life in Costa Rica can be interesting on many levels.