JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

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So for those of you who aren’t blog savvy, as the administrator of my blog site I have access to the site statistics.


What does that mean?


It means there’s a page that I can look at that tells me not only how many hits my blog gets, but where people are viewing from, how many views each entry gets, and what referring sites and searches send them to me.  (Plus lots of other little details too!)


Here’s a screen shot of part of what I get to see when I pull up my stats page…


Part of what I see when I go to my stats page.  This was the info for yesterday.

Part of what I see when I go to my stats page. This was the info for yesterday.


I love seeing all the different countries that are looking at my blog.  (There’s that map obsession of mine again!)  I often wonder if the hits from Austria are my friends who live there – looking at my blog – or possible tourists planning a trip to Croatia, or their own capital city of Vienna.  When I see a lot of hits from the USA combined with Facebook as the primary referrer that day, well, I can pretty much figure that it was visited by a lot of people I know.  I get a decent amount of views from Italy – probably because a good number of Italians like to cross the Adriatic and spend time in Croatia.  I always like seeing France listed… ’cause I can tell it’s usually Miloš checking out my blog.  (I think it’s super sweet that he reads my blog.  🙂 )  I’m sometimes puzzled and intrigued by some of the countries listed – wondering what made them stumble upon my blog.  Is that viewer from Pakistan planning a vacation to Croatia?  Or Austria?  Or do they want to read about singing?  Or how about the views from Korea or Algeria?  Or Latvia… or Argentina… or Australia…

Here’s the last 30 days by country…  (the full list of countries was too long to fit in a screen shot)

Top countries viewing my blog from the last 30 days.  I couldn't fit the whole list in the screen shot...

Top countries viewing my blog from the last 30 days. I couldn’t fit the whole list in the screen shot…




Now, I don’t get to see which page the person from a specific country is looking at – it’s not that specific.  But the stats reset every night at midnight EST, so there was that one early morning where there was only one visitor from Canada, but 14 page views.  It was pretty clear to see that someone in Canada was all about my blog at that moment.  I also get to see what people click on from my blog – including which pics they click on to increase the photo size.  Clearly one of the Saharun Beach researchers was enjoying looking at Miloš and I at the beach…


I’m finding that the last couple of months, the Saharun Beach entry is getting tons of traffic – because it’s viewed daily AND it shows up frequently as a search term.  The Zadar entries and Disney entries also get a bunch of views.




Here’s a listing of some popular search terms from the past week…


Search terms people used that ultimately brought them to my blog... this is for the past week.

Search terms people used that ultimately brought them to my blog… this is for the past week.



Overall, it’s just really interesting to observe the statistical info for my blog daily.  I always look forward to it!  🙂

Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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