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26 July 2010

This isn’t a flag I knew, but it showed up as two percent of the most recent 100 hits sorted by location… something I look at once in a great while.

Who knew, that at least around nine P.M at night, somebody in the Swedish speaking, demilitarized, autonomous Finnish province and “Special Member State of the European Union” of Åland accesses the Mex Files.  TWICE! in the same night.

Whoever you are among the 925 or so people in Eckerö — ¡bienvenido!

Just as a rule of thumb, about 15 percent of hits come from California and another 15 from Texas.  Depending on the time of day, the United States and Canada accounts for about 60 to 70 percent of Mex Files readers, Mexico for 15 to 20 percent.  The rest during my day is pretty much evenly split between Europe and elsewhere in Latin America.    Late at night, or early morning here, there are more hits from eastern Europe and Asia (not a lot of traffic, but some, from Africa).

Australia, India and the Philippines each account for about five percent of hits during the middle of my night.

Hits from people looking for porn or at least cheese-cake and beef-cake come from all over, with more from India and Egypt than anywhere else.  Can’t say why, and wouldn’t want to speculate.

Israel and Iraq send me the most middle-eastern traffic.   I do get a couple of hits from Iraq every night (and once in a while from Iran) — but the Iraqi readers are probably with the U.S. occupation.  Or the military intelligence guys who check in regularly from Germany.

Nice to see you all.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 July 2010 2:26 pm

    Maybe that random hit was from my son who lives in Norway but travels to Finland on a regular basis… I sent him the Mexfiles URL…


    • 26 July 2010 2:30 pm

      Darn… and here I was looking forward to some high schooler’s report on Benito Juarez from the Finno-Swedish perspective. 🙂

  2. el_longhorn permalink
    26 July 2010 2:58 pm

    Keep up the good work. Hope all is well in Mexico. I am sure West Texas misses you!

  3. otto permalink
    26 July 2010 4:10 pm

  4. Jose Guadalupe Garcia Cavazos permalink
    26 July 2010 4:26 pm

    Saludos! From San Antonio, Texas….Y arriba Monterrey!

  5. Mary O'Grady permalink
    26 July 2010 4:30 pm

    Hello from Austin!
    And how, exactly, can you tell when somebody is looking for beefcake and/or porn?

    • 26 July 2010 4:46 pm

      They were doing a web search for something like “Naked Guatemalans” or “Latin Beauty Queens” or… stuff I can’t repeat in print.

  6. 27 July 2010 7:59 am

    The highschool report on Benito Juarez with the Finno-Swedish perspective might yet arrive. I spoke to my son this morning and he was not the author of the comment… but he did say he’s enjoying your site.

  7. Robert permalink
    27 July 2010 8:07 am

    Which brings up the question:
    How many hits a day?

    I would expect a few hits from the Norfolk Islands whose flag symbol, the Norfolk Island Pine, sits in the center of the Mexfiles masthead.

    • 27 July 2010 9:12 am

      About a thousand a day… a little less in the summer, more during the tourist season and at school term paper time. While a post on Mexican-born silent film star, Ramon Novarro, still gets the most hits (with the headline “Nude Gay Mexican!” there’s a built-in appeal) a link in the on-line version of the Guardian (U.K.) — a passing mention of Tezacatlipolca in an article on Sven-Goren Eriksson — generated about 7000 hits in a single day. A post on a Sephardic synagogue in Tijuana remains popular, apparently mentioned in a genealogy site in Israel, as well as one on Agnes von Salm-Salm, the U.S. born German Princess and lady-in-waiting to Empress Carlota. The princess organized nursing corps in the U.S. civil war, and later was a founder of the German Red Cross. That post gets a lot more hits during school term paper time, which makes me think the readers may be womens studies or U.S. history students looking for an unusual topic rather than people specifically interested in Mexico.

      Of course, it’s guesswork why people come here. I appreciate the students, the amateur genealogists, the Manchester United fans, and even the lonely Egyptian looking for beefcake, quite as much as the think tankers, scholars, tourists, journalists, rabble-rousers and occasional security service people who drop by.

  8. 27 July 2010 8:51 am

    You had me looking through the blog stats in WordPress to find out where my visitors come from. And they don’t reveal that info. So I checked back with the Mexfiles, and just as I thought…a 3rd party stats system. Or two.

    I’ve added Stat Counter, which I used to use on Blogger. I seem to attract a lot of attention from Vietnam for some reason.

    • 27 July 2010 9:16 am

      Yeah, I added a couple at one point (when I switched from Blogger to WordPress) then pretty much forgot about them. They can be an obsession — and serious time waster — if you take them too seriously.

      Vietnam, huh? Maybe having been invaded by the French and the U.S. makes them feel akin to the Mexicans.

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