The Time Has Come

10 05 2012

My friends, the time has come.

I know I left you burning with suspense for a way too long, but…

The new blog is FINALLY finished.

This will be my very last post on Into West Africa and while it’s a little bittersweet, I’m excited to move forward!

Come on over!





For the times, they are a changin’…

2 04 2012

And so is this blog!

Back in 2010 when I started this blog, I really only expected my mom to read it; perhaps a few other friends and family too.  As time went on, other people started stopping by and reading and I began reading their blogs as well.  (Who knew the blogging community could be so cool?!)  Into West Africa was growing and I decided I really liked writing it and chronicling our experiences.

That has led me to today where I tell you that we have some BIG HUGE changes happening around here.

1.  NEW NAME

I started thinking about this way back in November when we were working on the move to Indonesia.  Obviously, when/if we move we won’t be ‘into West Africa’ anymore.  I needed something that would travel with us no matter where we ended up and so I’ve come up with something new.

No, I’m not going to tell you right now!  

2.  A MOVE TO BLOGGER

I’ve really enjoyed my time here at WordPress and it’s generally been pretty good to me so I’m not leaving due to hard feelings however, it has restricted my creativeness a little bit.  I’m ok with computers but I’m not that good and in order to flex my creative muscles over here, I need to know a lot more than I do.  Blogger will allow me to do that so I’ll be heading over there with my new name and address.  

No, I’m not giving that to you right now either.

  (I am really going to miss that map on WordPress though!  Blogger, if you are reading, get on it!)

3.  A NEW LOOK

This one is kind of a given being that I’m changing the name AND moving to Blogger but I want my blog to be a reflection of me through how it looks, not just the words I put on it.  The templates that WordPress and Blogger give just seem a bit too impersonal so I’ve got a graphic designer working on a brand new look for my brand new blog.

All of these changes are coming in the near future.  How near?  I really can’t be sure.  These things take time.  I’ve been working on moving all my posts from Into West Africa over to the new blog and the designer has started working on the new look.  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to reveal it all to you!

Until then, I’ll let the suspense fester away.





Where in the World?

30 03 2012

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As a blogger, I often look at my stats to see how many people have dropped by my blog.  When I see the numbers, I wonder who are all of these people and where do they come from?

Well WordPress has answered one of those questions for me.  They’ve just added this really cool new map to the stats page which shows which countries have had visitors to my blog on that particular day.  It’s sort of becoming an addiction for me as each time someone new from someplace new comes a long, another country gets coloured in on the map.

To date (since the end of February when the map appeared), I’ve had…

visitors from 54 countries.  54!!!  That is so cool.

Some of the most unique include:  Qatar, India, Malta, Togo, Kuwait, Latvia, Jordan, Peru, Belgium, Rwanda, Botswana, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Hungary & Trinidad and Tobago.

I would have thought my biggest audience would be from Canada but the top 10 rankings are as follows:

1. United States
2.  Canada
3.  United Kingdom
4. Gabon
5.  Singapore
6.  Germany
7.  Qatar
8.  India
9.  South Africa
10.  Brazil

(By the way, the USA visits double the Canadian.  I’m disappointed in my countrymen!) 

Anyways, I LOVE this new addition to the stats page.  Bravo WordPress, Bravo!