Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Who exactly reads this blog?

Recently this blog has gotten a lot of hits according to my stat counter, but nobody has left any comments. A very large number of hits seem to be coming from France for some reason. I would be interested in knowing who is reading this blog and why they are reading it. So once again I am asking my readers to please comment and let me know who they are what they like or dislike about this blog. It can not improve without feedback.

11 comments:

Nina said...

Maybe I am weird because I read your blog from Ghana - most of the time?

Walt Richmond said...

One suggestion: since you're in Ghana, do something illegal so you can blog about what it's like to be in an African jail. That would spice it up.

J. Otto Pohl said...

Nina:

You may be my only Ghanaian reader.

Walt:

If this is what my friends want to happen to me I can not imagine what my enemies want. Rest assure I am abiding by all the laws of the Republic of Ghana. So no prison stories for you.

Stanley said...

Otto, I'm wondering if Ghanaian media have reported on the situation in neighboring Ivory Coast. From reports on CNN it appears that there are about 1 million refugees from the fighting and Outtara forces have sealed the border with Liberia. Are Ghanaian officials still pretending nothing has happened? It would be astounding if that's the case.

J. Otto Pohl said...

Stanley:

I do not know what Ghanaian officials are doing, but I have not heard anything about Ivory Coast. I do not have a tv, but the newspapers I have seen do not seem to have much on Ivory Coast. Sometimes there is a small story in the middle of the paper.

J. Otto Pohl said...

Stanley:

The Daily Graphic had a half page story on page five today about the rebels attacking the capital city of Ivory Coast. My guess is that the coverage by other media outlets is equally low key. Nobody here seems overly concerned.

Walt Richmond said...

Otto, the only reason I mentioned it was because one of the participants at the conference I was just at went for a walk in Benin and crossed a park that was actually part of a military base. They surrounded him and ordered him to get in a van. He resisted a bit, and told me, "I'd read that story, and it doesn't have a happy ending." They just took him to the police station, where everyone was actually pretty nice to him. After getting scolded by a large woman police officer, they had him sign an apology and took him home. Didn't even ask for a bribe.

He was only a few miles from the border with Nigeria, where things most likely wouldn't have turned out so pleasant.

Walt Richmond said...

Otto, a serious suggestion: post some pictures. Your post on the coast made me really wish I could see what you were talking about.

J. Otto Pohl said...

Walt:

Carl took a bunch of pictures. So maybe I can get some from him. I myself do not have a camera.

Ux9C4L said...

Well, Dr. Pohl there are a number of your ex-students reading your blog. For example me - han.

Allen Palmer said...

Hi Otto: I just read all of your blog posts to catch up on your latest news. Sorry to hear about your fallout with AUCA after I left Bishkek. Life goes on...even in Ghana. You should try to plan a trip to Namibia if you want to explore German colonization in SW Africa. I've been teaching p/t since return to Utah last year. Good to keep my focus. I miss life in Bishkek. It was simpler in some ways...oh, yes, there was last April, too. I'm on FaceBook, if you want to reach me.

--Best, wishes for your success.
Allen Palmer