When I first went online, about 1993, I talked to people in the USA, that’s it. When I started using AOL and Compuserve in the mid 90s I would occasionally meet people from other English speaking countries. When I started posting photos and drawings on Flickr around 2005 I made friends with Icelanders, Swedes, Chinese, Japanese, Brazilians, French, Spaniards, Mexicans, Brits and more.
I had blog visitors from 34 countries last month. That includes a visitor from Windhoek, in Namibia, Africa. Have you ever seen a the google map locating Windhoek in Namibia? It’s an isolated city.
- 847 miles – distance to Johannesburg, South Africa, the closest large city
- 8,376 miles – from Oklahoma, US. (my home)
- 7,167 miles – distance over the waters of the north and south Atlantic.
- $3,223.00 – cost to travel there (cheapest flight, about 200 connections it seems)
- 37 hours – Time to get there (if lucky)
This month someone in Windhoek looked at my blog. They spent 11 minutes reading it. If they wanted to talk to me they could email, chat, skype, blog, FB or tweet with me. They could video conference with me and show me live feeds of themselves, home, dogs, shoes, lunch, car, office, husband or wife, storms, or garden or a million other things.
What a great world we live in. I am grateful for these things and I thank those who invented, produced, financed, sold, implemented and distributed these things so I can have them in my life.
Where are you in the world? Tell me about it in the comments, ok? I love geography and finding out about where people live, whether near or far.
Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
Quote by Tim May, Software Engineer