VolcanoCafe has recently reached 1.5 million views, and because that is a very special occasion, I thought it would be a nice idea to share some VolcanoCafe related things with all VolcanoCafe readers that they would not normally come across.
First of all; the 1.5 million views since VolcanoCafe was brought online, after the announcement by Carl le Strange on the 15th of November 2011. A little less than 1.5 years ago now. This in itself has been a number that would have seemed huge to me for a blog about volcanism, but the math proves it is true; this blog receives a little over 1 million views each year on average. In total, VolcanoCafe received more views than for example Iceland or Malta receives tourist visits in a full year.
Visitors mainly come from the western countries, the UK being the main contributor. Looking through all the visitor statistics though, visitors from pretty much any country in the world have been seen once or twice. Below is a chart which shows the location of the visitors over the last 30 days:
Most visits are around evening time GMT to after midnight GMT, where visitor counts are typically three times as high as during the quiet hours, between late night and late morning GMT. It is needless to say that visitor counts are higher during times of unrest in Iceland and the Canary islands, but this is not the only time people drop by here. Typically 3-4 times as many visitors are seen during the restless times, which means that the base of people that keep track of VolcanoCafe on a more-or-less daily basis is still large!
One thing that keeps me entertained at times is the search engine terms that are used in the search engines to arrive here at VolcanoCafe. Some things give some insight in what visitors find important here and what topics here on VolcanoCafe have high rankings in the search engines, other things just show that sometimes some really strange people end up here for some odd reason…. Below is a short list of a selection of important searches and weird searches and their search count during the last 30 days:
One other thing, besides volcanoes and earthquakes, that has kept people busy since last October is the big question: Where is Carl?
I think it would be best if we (Dragons) share some of the things we do know, even though I should start off by saying we don’t know much! Carl named himself ‘le Strange’, but in hindsight maybe Carl le Mystery would have been a better name.
We know this: Carl started this blog November 2011. He was very active for about 10 months, and then disappeared without us ever hearing from him again. During the summer of 2012, he has been asking for more articles by commenters and wanted to expand the base of active Dragons. Several people have tried to contact him since his disappearance, but his mailbox turned out to be an email graveyard. Some activity has been seen on the email account up to January, but since then the last indications that Carl was still around somewhere have vanished. People have tried to contact him in person, but it is unclear to me whether this was actually successful, but for sure it has not made him come back yet.
To me, based on some further research by Dragons, the most likely reason for Carl’s absence is problems related to his personal life and business, possibly having very profound implications on all aspects of his life. He might have foreseen this for a while before his disappearance, but we can’t be sure. It might mean he will never be back (we have reasons to suspect that), or he might be back after a while (we also have reasons to suspect that, but will it be months? years?) when he manages to recover from whatever is keeping him from here. I think everyone here, including me, wishes the best for him in any case, so let’s hope it’s option 2.
Whatever the reasons, we would all very much like to see him come back as Dragon and commenter, no doubt about that; but for now VolcanoCafe will have to be continued based on the fact that he hasn’t. The backbone of commenters and viewers is large and the topics we write about and others comment on are worth all our attention; in my opinion. So they certainly deserve the continued input of Spica, GeoLurking, Kilgharrah, chryphia, schteve, dfm, myself, other dragons that act more in the background and commenters that have shared their expertise by submitting posts.