It's Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere (sure, Winter Solstice for readers from the South but Cancer Solstice for all equally). I estimate that maybe ten minutes before this post goes live.
So happy Solstice to all readers. Even if this year seems quite troubled, I think there's also big hope in it.
As with all solstices it's time to review the last year or half year. Because it was a June 22 when I began using that little but helpful utility called ClustrMaps (it's at the bottom of the blog) that tracks visitors by amount and location, giving a nice overview of the interest that my little blog causes around the World.
The map above (click to expand) shows visits between June 22 2009 and June 1 2010. Almost other 3000 visits have happened since the last date, totaling 28,577 unique visits in the year.
The increase of the last months has been very sharp because I was counting 9000 visits between June 22 and December 22 2009, and that was also the figure for the whole previous year. So 20,000 or so have been since Christmas alone. So Leherensuge is growing exponentially and I'm getting some feeling of vertigo.
As usual, the greatest number of visitors per state is from the USA (9900 visits), followed by the UK (2100), Spain (1900), Canada (1500), France (1200) and Netherlands (760). All figures are rounded.
Out of Europe and North America, the highest figures are from India (590), Taiwan (560), Australia (480), Turkey (350), Brazil (250) and New Zealand (250). The greatest number of African visitors comes from Morocco: 190.
Should I split the blog?
This is a question I have been pondering a lot as of late. It seems clear that nearly all of what I write can be placed under two quite different categories: (1) anthropology, genetics, prehistory and science in general and (2) current affairs and politics, including the Basque situation. And it's not like category two is anecdotal nor I would want it to be that way at all.
While overall the readers of Leherensuge are clearly a growing bunch (so I must be doing something right), I am convinced that some people who may have arrived here because of anthropology and such has eventually left bored of politics and the like. The opposite may have happened too but it's surely less likely.
So I am considering seriously to create two separate blogs for these two categories in order to cater to two at least partially distinct audiences. I am still in doubt and certainly there are some cons to doing that: laziness, inertia, conceiving new names for the new blogs, search issues, difficulty on deciding what goes into each category, etc.
So by the moment I'll be creating a consultative poll to get readers to cast their opinion on the matter easily and, hopefully, help me to make up my mind. You can of course, also post a comment here with more extensive opinions. Thanks in advance.