#History, the Covenanters and the World: #Blogs and the Blank Zone
Sint Maarten, Kiribati, Città del Vaticano, are you out there?
Where the hits come from is one of the fun parts of blogging, but what about the blanks on your world map? They tell you something interesting about spreading internet use, censorship and how global interest in your subject is.
This has already been the busiest year ever on my #History blog, Jardine’s Book of Martyrs, but where are the holdouts to the history of the Scottish Covenanters? Has there been any progress since last year?
In Europe, Andorra, Aland Islands, Liechtenstein, and the Vatican City are the last hold outs. However, at last the Faroe Islands, Scotland’s close neighbour, have finally appeared! Also appearing is a new area, simply termed the European Union (169 hits), which should get the UKIPpers going.
In North and Central America, only the tiny French territory of Saint Pierre et Miquelon remains on zero hits. Cuba, presumably, continues to hide behind some kind of political firewall. However, Greenland has leapt into the chart and on to the map with 251 hits, which was connected to this story on the Inuit Discovery of Scotland.
Out in the Caribbean a few islands without a British colonial link do not appear: Aruba, Montserrat, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are all on zero. However, several more Caribbean nations have clicked to the Covenanters: Anguilla (1), Curaçao (7), Martinique (1), St Lucia (1) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (1).
In South America, Suriname and French Guiana (Guyane française) doggedly go on with zero hits.
In Asia, the ‘Great Firewall’ of China has finally collapsed! Censorship remains elsewhere – Iran, North Korea and Burma are all on zero hits. Bhutan, probably for other reasons, remains on zero. Three of the Central-Asian “Stans”, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are also on zero. However, Laos (3) finally makes it into the Covenanters’ World.
A very small amount of progress has occurred in Francophone Africa, but those countires are still proving deeply resistant to the joys of the Scottish Covenanters in English. In the rest of Africa remarkable progress has resulted in nearly all of the map being filled in. South Sudan and the D. R. of Congo have both clicked. Mozambique is one of the largest countries not appearing. Out in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island, Comoros (Udzima wa Komori), Madagascar (Madagasikara), the Seychelles (Repiblik Sesel) and Mayotte draw a blank, except for Réunion (2).
Other remote islands continue to hold out to stories of militant presbyterians and dragoons.
Out across the Pacific, Cocos (Keeling Island), the Federated States of Micronesia, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, the British Indian Ocean Territory, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Norfolk Island, Nauru, Niue, French Polynesia (Polynésie française), Pitcairn Islands, Palau (Pelew), the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga and Wallis and Futuna, all stay on zero hits. However, American Samoa (1), Cook Islands (1), Guam (16) and New Caledonia (1) have had a look.
The last of the pink bits of the British Empire have finally appeared with the Falkland Islands (1). However, the smaller territories – Ascension Island, Saint Helena, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands – remain beyond reach. Other Atlantic islands and territories, São Tomé e Príncipe and the Terres australes et antarctiques françaises are far less of a surprise for different reasons. However, Cape Verde (2) has now charted.
Where does the person with the most unlikely interest in the history of the Covenanters live? Let us all know by leaving a comment below.
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