Who's knocking on our door
Websites are interesting things.
Think of a space where you spread
out your stuff and wait for people to
walk by and look at what's there.
A flea market might come to mind.
If you have good stuff, people spend some time rummaging around and maybe they'll come back later to look for new stuff. If your stuff is junk or nothing new gets added, they won't bother.
Websites take a lot of work changing stuff on a regular basis. You can spend hours just on graphics. Successful websites are adjusted daily. Maybe minor changes, maybe major but in the end they get a lot of attention.
Running a website is like being in a friendship. Ignore it and things get dull real fast. And if a website has no personality, it becomes like that strange guy at a party - hanging out in a corner by himself and no one really cares.
We get a lot of visitors...a half-million a year...and growing. The most popular feature on the website are the blogs. People like reading other people's stories, and RHS'69 alumni do some interesting and fun things. We sometimes forget Hawaii is a very special place and there's curiosity about it, and us, all over the world. Most people are envious of our beautiful islands and the wonderful people who call it home. We are special and proud of who we are.
One common question is where these visitors come from. The answer is... everywhere in the world. Check the list to the right.
That's a random sampling of the location of some visitor IP addresses last month. We had over 50-thousand visitors in December so we just took a random selection of about 80 and then took a look at 5, also randomly selected.
They come from big cities like New York or
Yangon, Myanmar - population 5-million. If
Myanmar doesn't sound familiar, try Rangoon.
That's what it used to be called. It's a poor city
with some serious problems, but the people are
known for being very nice. Part of the old British
Burma from long ago.
At the other end, someone visited
from Boardman, Oregon, population
3,200. Farming potatoes and making
cheese are the main businesses in
that town. Boardman is on the
Columbia River so sailing, boating,
camping and fishing are big things.
There's lots of open space and it looks like a nice place
The colder the weather the more people drop
by. Our guess they're looking for a warm place
like "Hawaii" and we show up a lot for that.
Lucky we live here. The day the person from
Fargo, North Dakota stopped by the weather
service showed it was 14-degrees and snowing
there. But in the summer
when the temperature hits the low 80's,
Fargo blossoms into a pretty city. The
biggest recent controversy there was
whether the city should put parking meters
on the streets.
Clemmons, North Carolina has almost 20-thousand
people and it's a village and not a town. It's about
10 miles from Winston-Salem. It has it's own
political turmoil. The Village Council voted to add a
median on a main road. Local businesses were not
happy and banded together and defeated three
incumbents up for reelection. That'll teach them for
messing with the roads.
Finally, Ischia, Italy is a volcanic island
some 19 miles from Naples. The island is
crowded with 60,000 residents. Its main
industry is tourism as European (especially
German) and Asian tourists come for the
natural volcanic activity, the hot springs,
and the volcanic mud.
You might have noticed no one from Russia, Japan and Indonesia on the list. They visit the site a lot, but didn't show up in the random addresses we grabbed. Japan, at times, can have the most visitors to the website.
So now you know. There's all those thousands of people - and there's you.
Thanks for stopping by.
Fountain Valley, California
Somewhere in Ireland
Angeles City, Philippines
Somewhere in Germany
San Diego, California
Somewhere in Kentucky
Clemmons, N. Carolina
Zuni, New Mexico
Culver City, California
Fargo, North Dakota
Fairmont, West Virginia
Kaifeng, Henan, China
Vienna, Wien, Austria
New York, United States
Los Angeles, California
Yuzhou, Fujian, China
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Satellite Beach, Florida
West Jordan, Utah
San Antonio, Texas
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Fort Worth, Texas
Websites that mention Hawaii always seem to get a lot of internet visitors. Must be something to do with beaches, warm weather and Hula girls.
RHS'69 gets a lot of internet visitors which may be a bit harder to explain.
Maybe it's just a fun place to check out. Webmaster Courtney Harrington takes a look at some of the people (and some of the places) that dropped by to see what's happening.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019