On September 10th, the Online Book Club turns two!
I hope you’ve had as much fun being part of it as I’ve had hosting it.
The Online Book Club is of course part of the Pointe-Claire Public Library blog site, which also features many other categories of content, including the blog’s HOME page (that provides news of upcoming events), THE HEART OF THE LIBRARY, ACTIVITIES, AUDIOVISUAL, and the WRITER IN RESIDENCE blog page.
All of these combine to make the Library’s blog something very special, and when you consider that the Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, I think that it’s also one of the new ways it’s able to reach out to the world and into the future.
Because the focus of many of the Blog’s categories is local, it makes sense that it’s the Online Book Club―which knows no such boundaries―that’s visited the most, but I wonder if you have any idea:
– how many times the Library Blog has been viewed or
– how many individual internet users have visited it since it first went online?*
(*Note: the Pointe-Claire Public Library blog went online mid-August 2013; the Online Book Club hopped on board on September 10th 2013)
ONLINE BOOK CLUB 2nd ANNIVERSARY Q & A
Q 1. How many times has the Pointe-Claire Public Library Blog (in English) been viewed since its inception in 2013?
More than 15, 250 times and counting!!
(When the numbers for the French language blog are added, the total jumps to 28 000!)
Q 2. How many individual visitors do these views represent?
Almost 7000 individual visitors (almost 13 000 if the stats from the French language blog are added!)
Q 3. From which countries do these viewers visit the blog?
We’ve had visitors from an astonishing 85 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ! (listed in alphabetical order):
Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, European Union, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guernsey, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian, Peru, Philippines. Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Vietnam.
Q 4. From which country do we get the most views?
So far in 2015, more Americans than Canadians have viewed the blog, but it’s a real horse race, and quite a turnaround when you consider that in 2014, six times more Canadians than Americans viewed the blog! (but then again, Canadians’ numbers are divided between the English and French language blogs, so they definitely are the majority overall).
Q 5. What are the top 10 countries in terms of views of the Library Blog this year?
The top 10 in 2015 (so far), in descending order are:
Q 6. What are the all-time five most popular Online Book Club posts?
I think you’ll be surprised.
It’s strange what tickles your fancy. I’ve learned that you like lists and poetry, but otherwise, I can’t always anticipate your tastes, so don’t hesitate to let me know what you’ve read or what you’re curious about in a COMMENT at the end of any blog post.
- AJ FIKRY’S RECOMMENDATIONS (from Island Books), with almost a thousand views.
- THE TEN BOOK CHALLENGE ,
- POEMS FOR A SUNDAY MORNING IN WINTER,
- ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE,
- THE ADVENTURE BEGINS! (NO PASSPORT REQUIRED, part 2),
I’m thrilled by these stats. Your visits to the blog make it clear that we are all part of a vast community of readers from around the world.
It’s documented proof that the books we read and the comments we leave can be shared with others, whether they live just around the corner, or thousands of kilometers away.
Who are WE?
Bloggers, North Americans, Canadians abroad, travelers and armchair travelers, Anglophiles or students of English or English language culture, vacationers, business travelers, or just book lovers somewhere out there in the world?
I like to think of all of the blog’s viewers as literary wanderers and explorers, seeking kindred spirits and new discoveries.
HAPPY SECOND ANNIVERSARY TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN PART OF THE JOURNEY SO FAR!