Blog Reading

Have you ever had visitors to your blog that you really just wonder who they are?

Like the reader who must read you every single day, but never comments? (why is that? I really want to know you and engage with you!)

Or the reader who finds your blog and reads from the very beginning to end (god bless for those of us with lots of history).  I do this too…but I always like posts and comment when I find a new blog that engages me.  If I take the time to read back and not just pick up at current, I am really interested in your story and I like to let you know.

Readers from far off places, where you wonder what they could possibly have in common with you or what kind of perspective they gain from your blog.

Followers who never comment or like a post.  Why follow?

These types of followers all seem typical to me in the WP universe.  But recently I have had some readers from very specific locations that are interesting….because the cities (all of them, every one) are specific to one individual:

Visalia, California

Modesto, California

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Greencastle, Indiana

Fort Collins, Colorado

Maybe I am just imagining there is coincidence, maybe not.  Either way.  I still think it’s weird.

I am fascinated by the location of any of my readers, and who you are and why you read me….like most bloggers, when I started this blog I hardly dreamed of anyone interacting with me, let along following me regularly!  Especially whoever is reading (cover-to-cover) from….

Schiller Park, Illinois

New Baltimore,  Michigan

Nutley, New Jersey

Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom


So, as my blogger friend Gratuitous Rex would say “Coincidence???!!!”

Author: Madeline Harper

My journey through divorce and an emotional and sexual reawakening. Love, laughter, friendships, family and heartbreak included. And there is sex, lots of it, so close your eyes and turn the page if that's not for you! While I started this blog as an endeavor to journal my thoughts and feelings in an attempt to better understand myself, it has become an amazing platform from which I have met some of the most interesting and wonderful people in my life. My path is often crooked, but I hope you will share in the journey with me.

61 thoughts on “Blog Reading”

  1. I don’t know how to check stats like that. I know how to see what countries are visiting but individual cities or states are beyond me.
    I comment 99% of the time. Sometimes, I am just absolutely without words.
    I read the blogs I follow from beginning to end and sometimes, I read them more than once.
    I do think the different cities all attributive to one individual is kind of strange. 🙂

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      1. I was successful until it asked for the “statcounter code.” I have no idea what that is. I even tried the “copy and paste.” It let me copy but not paste. I emailed them and they may or may not answer. Wouldn’t you think the code would be marked “here’s your code?”

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  2. You probably know this but just in case – sometimes the IP addresses are that specific but often it’s just indicative of an area. Mine for example is not accurate to a precise location. Also when people use IP blockers it will randomize the location (I know that doesn’t apply to your “specific to one person” comments).

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    1. I always wondered how you knew when “someone” read your blogs. You mentioned IP addresses in a post once and I wondered how do you get that info? Is that from a “not free” version of WP?

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      1. Any time someone comments on your blog WordPress (free version) captures their IP. Some people use IP blockers or VPN’s so it’s not always accurate. You can also use a program called Statcounter which gives you IP visit information but you don’t necessarily know who they are.

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  3. I rarely to never even look at the generalized statistics WP provides. Since I never expected anyone to actually read my blog, I am happily surprised when I receive likes and comment from others.

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  4. Hi Madeline,

    Thank you for the Follow! Judging by this post should I expect comments from you over on my blog? (wink)

    I did very much enjoy reading your “Author: Madeline Harper” self-portrait. 😈
    We might/probably have many things in common, and maybe to share, eh?

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  5. These types of followers all seem typical to me in the WP universe. But recently I have had some readers from very specific locations that are interesting….because the cities (all of them, every one) are specific to one individual:

    Hmmm, this is partly true for me, however, my current location is not fully representative of me in the least really. I’ve been to and lived in 4 of the 6 inhabitable continents and being a reincarnation (metaphorical use) of the Venetian explorer Marco Polo personality type… I have parts of me from everywhere I’ve lived and been. So…

    who does that make me Madeline? 😉

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  6. Lol, I’m guilty of being a voyeur. I have so many people I follow and truly enjoy reading that it’s almost impossible to comment on everything!
    I didn’t even know you could see the city stuff but I do enjoy knowing we interact with people all over the world. So fun to know we are a global community!

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  7. I used to never comment, too. Why, I do not know. Maybe because I thought they were not interested in my opinion? Who knows, but i do read quite a few blogs I do not like or comment on. For lack of words or/and time.

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    1. Ha! Did you think it was close to you? I guess some of these could be cloud locations, but the little list in this particular post is a bit fascinating as you-know-who has lived in many of these locations. Coincidence, perhaps.


  8. I read a limited number of blogs, mostly because of time. Those I do, I try to remember to “like” the posts I read.. and I will comment when I feel like I have something to say other than filling empty space just for the sake of filling it. I love the WordPress community – one of the main reasons I moved over from Blogger. I’m not so concerned with stats either, but I’d love to know “who’s” reading and I have no idea how to find that out.

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    1. I do the same and always, at least, try to like posts I read if I don’t have time to comment.

      I use the free app called StatCounter – which gives very limited information, but I find it interesting. Normally I’m not so into the stats, but sometimes I am simply curious.

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  9. I often don’t comment because I usually get caught up on my blogs at work — and work apparently thinks I should be doing things like work instead of reading and commenting on blogs — so I’m blocked when I try to comment (I can READ most blogs — I just can’t comment — so where’s the sense in that??) BTW — your blog was recently put on the “blocked” list at work — so perhaps it’s just not me reading you from work. Happily, I found a loophole that allows me to read directly from the WP reader — whooot!

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    1. Ah, the block list. It’s because I have started writing about sex and use a lot of curse words – so your work is filtering me out. The same happens to me at work. Sometimes I can’t even access my own posts to edit them!

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  10. I have to say, I do read your blog quite a lot buuuut I am a bit slack on the commenting front. Whoopsie haha. I go through phases of reading and commenting on blogs a lot and then writing posts a lot. It kind of depends what sort of mood I’m in I guess 🙂 I do remember to ‘like’ posts every now and then though 🙂

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  11. I started reading blogs and rarely commented and when I did it was anonymous. After a few years, I felt I left the writer with nothing without some ID. When many of the bloggers moved over to WordPress, I decided to register and response with some identification and a presence that wasn’t always hidden. I like commenting and receiving replies that make a connection. I have found the exchanges to be more personal, emotional and enjoyable. P.S. I am in New England, so several IP addresses may appear in the stats.

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    1. Yes, I totally agree with you. Its like getting to know each other and then you learn about certain people and start to understand one another’s perspective. I do find that to be immensely enjoyable!


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