No, I wasn't drunk, despite what isolated and lonely animal-fetishists in remote and desolate parts of Wales may have suggested. I had been perusing my blog stats (this new edit section makes them so much clearer and easy to find), and I noticed some rather interesting features.
For a start, of the almost 100,000 page views I have clocked up in the last 940 posts (blimey, I have wasted a lot of time - mine and others) my most avid reader seems to be a chap called John Gray, who hails from a remote and desolate part of North Wales. He took over first place ever since I mentioned that he was in second, only a couple of weeks ago. I am presuming that the previous record-holder did not know how they could be monitored in this way, and ran off as a result of finding out.
When I look at the world map of my blog readership, two parts are coloured a dark blue - the UK, and the USA. No surprises there, really. Other areas are a somewhat paler blue - Australia (thanks Sarah) and Ireland (thanks, Mise), and there are some individual nutters with smart-phones hanging around in places like the jungles of Borneo, etc., as well as a few rather bemused readers in Japan and China.
There is one IT company who avidly follows everyone's blog in the world, to see how they can make money out of it, but - as yet - they haven't approached me with an offer I can't refuse.
I have two blogs on my dashboard, one of them a serialisation of a book I wrote a few years ago which nobody showed any interest in, so I took it down. The hit-rate for both blogs is simply represented by a linear graph in one section. This blog has it's peaks and troughs, and it peaks at certain times of the day and night, depending on whose looking and from where.
The other blog is flat-lining, so I think that they haven't turned the machine off, even though it is obviously brain-dead.
The most interesting thing to arise - for me - was the random hits I have received from strangers around the world just searching key words.
The key words which have attracted the most searches to my blog are, in order of highest frequency: Teddy Boys, EEK A MOUSE and Coco de Mer.
'Coco de Mer' can be explained away quite easily because it has sexual connotations, and - I believe - there are some people who use the internet almost exclusively for gratification in this area. I only once mentioned this strange fruit in all the 940 posts, but it still has the power to attract, it seems.
I am a bit confused as to why everyone should be so interested in Teddy Boys when I, also, have only mentioned them once. There must be a load of 70 year-old Teds out there, trying to relive their pasts.
EEK A MOUSE fans must occasionally become attracted to my blog, but at least they are rewarded with a little light music for their efforts - even though they could have found the same track on You Tube, like I did. Maybe they are starved of Reggae, wherever they live, and couldn't remember his name until I reminded them.
Funny old world.