Who are you?

I often wonder who my readers are.  I wonder what you’re like.  I wonder where you’re from, what you do, what you enjoy reading.  Why did you come here?

I can answer only one of those questions using WordPress’s country stats, which they started using this year.  In the past 7 days, my readers are mostly from Japan and the USA with some from Canada and Australia.  And then there are the countries with very few visitors, such as Brazil, Greece, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, UK, and Norway.  But that’s only a week.  Here are my top 10 countries since February:

  1. United States
  2. Japan
  3. Canada
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Australia
  6. Germany
  7. India
  8. Norway
  9. Ireland
  10. Poland

And then I look way down at the bottom.  These are the countries with only 1 single visitor: Colombia, Croatia, Finland, Nigeria, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belarus, Jordan, Argentina, Belgium, Kenya, Moldova, Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Venezuela, and Barbados.

It’s all very interesting to see where I’m popular in.  Of course, my target audience is the English speaking world, so it’s no surprise that USA is number 1. I’m from Canada, so a lot of my Canadian readers would be friends and family.  UK and Australia are also a big target.  But number 2 is Japan.  I live in Japan, and I know that many other expats living in Japan read this blog, as well as my Japan blog.

But who are you?  I want to get to know my readers.  Let’s talk.  I’m very curious about everyone.

So, here is my challenge to you.  It’s very simple.  Leave a comment on this post with the following information:

  1. Which country are you from?
  2. Are you male or female?
  3. What’s your favourite book genre?
  4. Where are you reading this blog from? Home? Library? On your smartphone in the bus? Where?
  5. What brought you to this blog?
  6. And finally, do you have a blog or website?

Of course, you can add anything else you like.  I look forward to reading your comments!

28 thoughts on “Who are you?”

  1. Hi Jay-Dee, you already know me at least a little, but it’s not a reason not to respond to your questions. 🙂

    1. I’m French but live in Japan.
    2. I’m male.
    3. I don’t really have a book genre. I’ll enjoy any good book (well-written, having something to say being prerequisites) of any genre, and will dislike poorly written and uninteresting books of any genre. (actually I find this focus on genres quite cultural – i.e. Anglo – 😉 ).
    4. I read this blog mostly from home. More rarely from my smartphone on the train.
    5. I started coming here because I’ve been following your Japan blog for quite a while now.
    6. I have more than one. 😉 The main ones being my Japan blog: http://ogijima.com and my more generalist blog: http://davidplusworld.com


  2. 1. I’m American, but I live in Germany. Have for the past 2+ years. Soon to move back to the States.

    2. I’m female.

    3. I don’t really have a “favorite” per se—fiction, almost exclusively—but I tend to drift toward YA, transgressive and urban fantasy. I like it all, really.

    4. Definitely smartphone. I’d be lost without it. So, everywhere!

    5. I follow all (both?) your blogs. I don’t remember how I came across them, but I read all the posts, even if I don’t always leave a comment.

    6. I have a WordPress blog and a Tumblr blog, both called permashift.

    1. Thanks for the comment! So, how’s life living abroad? I’ve been doing it nearly 8 years.

      I have 3 blogs plus an author’s website (which I really need a published book to be called that) all on WordPress.

      1. I don’t think you “need” to be published in order to have an author’s website. You’re still an author if you’re serious about writing a book. I want to create one for myself soon! But I wouldn’t have much going on on it right now hahaha. Anyway, I see all the work that’s gone into your books so far–with the maps and everything–and it really inspires me to get a hold on one of my SF books that I’ve had to create a (geocentric) system for. So thanks, and keep up the good work. :]

        1. I don’t have much on mine, either. Mostly a post saying to visit my other 3 blogs, as well as some basic information about the books I’m writing. It’ll get used more this year, though.

  3. 1. I’m Norwegian, born and raised.

    2. I’m female.

    3. I will read anything you put in front of me, and enjoy it too, if it’s well written.

    4. I’m currently on my laptop at home.

    5. I guess it must have been a link on Critique Circle somewhere.

    6. Not right now. I’ve got one that I’m working on, but blogging has never been a strong point of mine. I’m horrible at keeping it updated.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I used to be bad at blogging when I had my first 2 blogs, one of which I deleted, the other I just left. But I’m going strong with 3 right now. Not sure how I do it 🙂

      By the way, my grandmother was Norwegian.

      1. I actually had a blog a couple years ago that survived for a long time, but it was never very popular. I’m usually a lurker on other people’s blogs, and I find it very hard to connect with other bloggers. I guess I’m just not a people person.

        Where was you grandmother from, if you don’t mind me asking?

  4. Brit in Japan
    Pretty much everything, but will default to SF
    Laptop at home.
    Can’t remember now. Probably through your other blog.
    Oh yes, as well you know 😉

  5. 1. Australian
    2. Female
    3. Mostly literary, some other stuff lately Japanese history
    4. at home
    5. prolly through your other blog or twitter
    6. project-kathryn.blogspot.com and writing blog – kathrynohalloran.blogspot.com

  6. Hi!
    You probably know most of this already, but here goes…

    Which country are you from?
    I’m from England.

    Are you male or female?
    I’m female.

    What’s your favourite book genre?
    Either dystopian, or Japanese historical novels like Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa.

    Where are you reading this blog from? Home? Library? On your smartphone in the bus? Where?
    Home right now, but often from my iPad during my lunchbreak at work.

    What brought you to this blog?
    I followed your Japan blog and thought this looked interesting too. 🙂

    And finally, do you have a blog or website?
    A-hem… I have four.
    Haikugirl’s Japan: http://haikugirl.me
    Picturing England: https://picturingengland.wordpress.com/
    A personal blog: http://alimuskett.com
    Kit Kats!: http://mykitkats.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for all your interesting posts! (*^_^)v

  7. i used to read encyclopedias for fun back when we used to have encyclopedias, so i love your blog title.

    1. u.s.a.
    2. science fiction, mystery, literary fiction (whatever that means…)
    3. home
    4. found you today thru a link at a sf blog and subscribed to your feed
    5. yes: http://divers-and-sundry.blogspot.com/

    i’m going to check out your japan blog and see if you cover the sumo tournaments.

    1. Thanks! Glad you like the title 🙂

      I have been to 3 sumo tournaments, so there are some photos. However, they’re taken with my old camera, so not very good zoom. It was very interesting to attend. I posted the photos on my Japan blog.

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