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Do you visit Romania when you’re bored?

2 December 2013

One of the puzzling things about blogging is which posts seem to catch people’s attention, and which posts people read most.

romania-flagToday the post that got most readers was Visitors from Romania. It’s been the most popular post of the last week. I posted that at the beginning of the year when there seemed to be an extraordinary number of visitors from Romania. At the time I wondered if it might be because the foundation stone of the new Romanian parish in Midrand was to be laid that week. But no, that got much fewer visitors, from Romania or anywhere else.

But though the Visitors from Romania page got the most visitors today (so far) there doesn’t seem to be a single visitor from Romania today. So why are non-Romanians so interested in visitors from Romania?

Something similar happened a few years ago, when another blogger noticed that the most common search term that brought people to her blog was “What to do on Sunday if your bored” [sic]. To test this, I wrote a post on the topic, and it did seem to attract more visitors than other posts that I thought were more interesting. But that was using search terms, and there don’t seem to be any search terms being used that would account for the number of non-Romanians interested in visitors from Romania today.

It’s one of those blogging mysteries that will probably never be solved.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Rangjan permalink
    3 December 2013 1:54 am

    Romania (and Bulgaria) are EU accession countries, and as the date approaches there is debate in Europe as to whether we should grant the Romanian an Bulgarians full labour and social security rights if they visit or migrate to existing EU member states.

  2. 3 December 2013 7:42 am

    So much relating to the hits one gets on one’s blogs is a mystery. All the more so now that Google has chosen not to reveal search terms on Google to bloggers. I have a relatively young blog and I find that some article just don’t do well, while others attract a much larger number of hits than I expected – especially over a long period of time. Bloggers like yourself who have been going for a long time (eight years is a long time in the cyber world) must see some very surprising stats.

    • 4 December 2013 6:08 am

      It’s weird. Over the last three months the “Visitors from Romania” post was the second-most visited one after the Home Page/Archives. It had nearly 1500 visitors in 90 days. I thought the one on the blessing of the site for the Romanian church was much more interesting (it had pictures too!) but it didn’t get nearly as many visitors. There’s no accounting for taste.

  3. adina permalink
    26 January 2014 12:16 am

    I, for example, entered your blog because I was looking for Info’s about Romanians in south Africa, because I went to RSA on a holiday and I wanted to read about the Romanian community in RSA. And it was a pleasant surprise to find out that there is a Romanian orthodox church!

    • 26 January 2014 5:05 am

      Thanks very much! Though I don’t think there are that many Romanians in South Africa. Are you planning to visit some time?

      • adina permalink
        26 January 2014 6:36 pm

        Well I was there for one month and a half in 2013 and I will definitely go there back one day.. Who knows, maybe even live there for a while. 🙂
        It’s a lovely country, I fell in love with South Africa. I read that in Cape Town is a larger community of Romanians.

  4. adina permalink
    26 January 2014 12:17 am

    Oh, and I forgot to mention: I am Romanian 🙂

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