Flags come and go
Who are the rest, I wonder?
Ironically, Andrea may have contributed to the Canadians taking over as she sent me the clip of 'Hotdogs for Homophobes' that I posted a few weeks ago. The post has recently been linked to milkandcookies and, as a result, I’ve been getting a lot more hits than I usually do.
Who would have thought that Andrea was so sneakily competitive? :-)
Sticking to the subject of flags, a mild obsession of mine, let me return to the subject of a previous post – the lowering of Ghana’s flag in the list of visiting nations.
There was a time when I wondered who my regular visitor from Ghana was until I realised that it was my friend Felicitas in Maputo, Mozambique. Both sitemeter and neoounter identified her ISP as being from Ghana. Once I realised it was her, I always knew when she’d been reading my blog, something she did 2-3 times a week. Her suicide note to me and its contents were a shock that unsettled me for a while and I said that I’d try to find out more and, at some stage, do a follow-up post. That post still needs to be written. At the time, however, I mentioned that whether I wanted to forget her or not, I’d be reminded of her every time I looked at my blog. My obsession with my flag counter means that I always look at it every time I log on so I’m constantly aware of not having had a reader from ‘Ghana’ since Felicitas committed suicide. Three days after getting the note, I said:
At one stage, the only countries ahead of Ghana were the US, UK, South Africa, Canada and France. Since her death, the number of hits from Ghana has stayed static at 35 and Australia has moved ahead of Ghana.
Now, almost three months later, Ghana (still static at 35), has slipped into 15th place. There are quite a few other countries with 35 readers so they will be overtaking Ghana soon.
I really couldn’t have a more poignant reminder of her death.