Analytics are Fun!
Here is a screen shot of today's analytics report for thewhiteboards. With the mapping feature I can see where readers are, which is all over the world (except Africa, at least within the last reporting month). It's pretty cool. If you click on the image above it will open a larger pane, which is sort of a meta image, if you're looking at it in Explorer on your PC. If you get confused, just hit your back button.
Analytics are serious info that can be used for good marketing. Or, for fun, when you think about that one person, somewhere in Iceland, who landed on your blog for just a second before bouncing off somewhere else.
But clearly this is not a world map, it's a map of the states. I noticed that I am not representing well in politically conservative red states with lots of open spaces. Perhaps I'll write about that time in South Dakota when a bus load of us stopped at a bar with an awning of skulls, a talkative regular who had one leg and a deep laugh, and a surprisingly diverse jukebox. Or, how on that same trip, I rode through the Grand Tetons on a horse with real cowboys in a thunderstorm.
But that would be manipulative and weird, because I'd just be trying to trick some people to the blog who aren't interested in design matters. It's like bad SEO when people do mad tagging with repeated key words, to try and drive traffic. Turns out Google is onto you, and so are your readers.
I'll try and keep it real as I write about the Design Communication Arts certificate program at UCLA Extension for aspiring graphic designers who want to think.