Daily Archives: August 2, 2010

Blogging around a very small world

This cracks me up just a little bit. I have “Letters From Away” on two platforms – WordPress and Blogger – because when I first started the blog I wanted to spread out the reach a little bit.

Anyway, one of the features on the Blogger metrics is a list of countries in which visitors to the blog are located. What strikes me somewhat odd – yeah, “odd” is the word – is how many visitors are from countries such as China, South Korea and Singapore.

I know one person who is currently in one of those countries. She’s working at a newspaper in Beijing.

The only other person I knew who regularly traveled to that part of the world no longer travels there. At least, as far as I know.

I’m guessing visitors from those countries are merely stumbling on me via a search engine. I seriously doubt I have an international following. I don’t have the ego to believe that.

But it is proof – as if we needed more proof – that the world is a pretty small place.

Here’s the list from the past day or so.

United States                                                                                               60
China                                                                                                               23
South Korea                                                                                          20
Canada                                                                                    6
Poland                                                                                     1
Latvia                                                                                      1
Sweden                                                                                                  1
Singapore                                                                                       1
Netherlands                                                                         1
United Kingdom                                                                    1

Talk about your dream jobs – island caretaker

OK, there is something mystically adventurous and appealing about living on an island. You don’t have to worry about traffic, noisy neighbors, or getting too lost.

On the other hand, there’s only so much you can see on island, entertainment options are pretty limited, and help can be a long way away should anything go wrong.

Still, this ad on MaineJobs.com caught my eye. I kind of wish I met the job requirements.

“Summer community of approx 50 families in Casco Bay, Portland, ME, seeks year-round caretaker who is a self starter with strong people skills and can juggle multiple demands. Preference given to candidates with strong mechanical and trade skills, and waterfront capabilities. Compensation includes salary, aid to partner, benefits, housing, utilities, and a mooring. Owner of a sturdy boat is preferred.”

I can pass along the address if anyone is interested.

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 | Plog Photo Blog

[A friend of mine – a photo editor for a newspaper in Northern California – passed along a link to a wonderful denverpost.com photo blog. Check out photos nos. 4 and 5. — KM]

“These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.” — Lead-in for the blog entry

Photo No. 4

Children gathering potatoes on a large farm. Vicinity of Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

 Photo No. 5

Trucks outside of a starch factory. Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 – Plog Photo Blog.

Defining Prosperity Down

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/opinion/02krugman.html