While checking through Google Analytics this week (for ideas in my Data Visualization class), I used my own website to generate data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016 (when I posted every day) for viewing. I had incorrectly assumed that most traffic would come from America (as is the case for my YouTube channel), resulting from searches that include stuff I write about. Much to my surprise, 57% of sessions* come from Ireland, and only 16.7% come from the US. If I include the UK, about 80% of sessions come from just three countries - here's the top ten:
Interestingly, of the 57% views from Ireland, 77% of these come from the Dublin region. Apart from family, I rarely meet anyone who has read my blog. Based on figures from LinkedIn, I seem to get most views via that network.
So a big THANK YOU to all my Dublin-based Irish readers for checking out my blog!
Incidentally, map data is poorly illustrated in Google Analytics - I'll not be using it in class.
* A session is the period time a user is actively engaged with your website, app, etc. All usage data (Screen Views, Events, Ecommerce, etc.) is associated with a session.