Tuesday, February 08, 2011


Over the last several decades the Ocracoke community has hosted a number of foreign exchange students (from Germany, Japan, Columbia, Denmark, and other countries). In turn, our island students have ventured to many parts of the world, including Australia, England, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany. Most of these students have been affiliated with Youth for Understanding, an outstanding program for exchange students.

This school year Molly Lovejoy is spending her junior year in Austria. You can read her blog here: http://flavors.me/mollyinaustria. She is having a great experience.

Recently I discovered that since July of last year my blogger host site allows me to track certain information about my page views, traffic sources, and audience. Curious, one day I clicked on "Page Views by Countries, Now." There were several dozen readers from the United States, of course...and one from Austria!

Molly, Hello from Ocracoke!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Sam Jones, Island Legend. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012111.htm.


  1. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Philip: Curious, what sorts of details can you glean about us, your readers, from your blogger hotoarysewst site?

  2. Here are a few statistics I've gleaned from blogger:

    Pageviews as I write --10

    Pageviews today (as of 10:53 am) --391

    Pageviews yesterday -- 574

    Pageviews last month -- 22,707

    Pageviews all time history (since July of 2010, when blogger started tracking such things) -- 143,815

    The post with the most pageviews since July of 2010 -- "Snow Pictures" (Jan 22, 2011)

    I can also see pageviews by browser (Internet Explorer is #1), Operating System (Windows is #1), and country (the U.S. is #1).

    Here are the countries with the largest number of pageviews since July of 2011:

    United States -- 134,206

    Netherlands -- 1,475

    Canada -- 1,145

    Germany -- 867

    United Kingdom -- 765

    Ukraine -- 741

    Russia -- 577

    South Korea -- 257

    India -- 212

    Latvia -- 190

  3. Anonymous5:45 PM

    Philip, you must feel quite "global" knowing your blog reaches so many folks who have a mutual love for our unique little island off the NC coast!

    And to Molly....what an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to study abroad!

    When one stops to think about how easy it is to "communicate" across so many vistas, it does make one mainlander pause and contemplate!

  4. Anonymous8:08 AM

    It's past 8 a.m. and this NC mainlander is sitting at the computer to get my "daily dose" of Ocracoke news compliments from Village Craftsmen blog. However, no new blog this morning! Where, or where, is Philip? Perhaps getting ready for more snow which is in the forecast yet again for Ocracoke Island, NC!!!

    My, my!

  5. Sorry about that. I wrote the post last night, and scheduled it for this morning...but I mistakenly scheduled it for 9:20 instead of 6:20. I've made the change. It will be posted in a couple of minutes.

  6. Anonymous10:23 PM

    Thanks for posting the link to Molly. No, I don't know her but, have started reading her posts. What a wonderful opportunity for her.