I want to tell you who you are.
And where you are, how many you are, and what
you had for breakfast this morning. Ok, I made
that last one up, but I can answer the other three
questions thanks to information about visitors
to ArmeniaNow that we get from a tracking service.
It makes for fascinating reading and truly illustrates
the unique power of the Internet as a medium of
communication capable of bringing together people
who could never otherwise forge a common bond.
Last month, 25,000 of you visited the website,
most more than once, often spending an hour or
more reading the news reports and features produced
by our reporters. In an era of gnat-like attention
spans, it's pretty gratifying to know you like
spending time with us.
You live in 93 countries, representing the full
span of human culture, but share an interest in
events affecting one small republic that has not
yet entered its teen years.
Most of you live in the United States, understandably
given that it is the biggest Armenian Diaspora
and the one most wired to the web. In fact, ArmeniaNow
has readers in 46 states; we're still waiting
for people in Mississippi, Nebraska, Wyoming,
and Montana to find us.
Over the border in Canada, readers log on from
nine Canadian provinces with Ontario and Quebec
leading the field. We even have a reader in the
Yukon Territory and we'd love you to drop us a
note telling us what life as an Armenian is like
People in no fewer than 40 countries in Europe
visited ArmeniaNow in the past month. The United
Kingdom has most readers (gratifyingly for this
Brit), followed by the Netherlands and Germany.
Sweden, rather surprisingly, comes next, just
ahead of France and Russia.
One of our ambitions for ArmeniaNow is to produce
the site in Russian, so that we can better meet
the needs of this large and increasingly influential
Diaspora community. But besides the big boys of
Europe, it's intriguing to learn that we also
have fans in Monaco, the Faroe Islands, and the
Armenia is placed under Asia by our tracking
service and it heads a list of 34 countries in
the region where we have readers, followed by
the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Iran.
All logical enough. But how to explain the 18
visitors in North Korea, supposedly a closed society
with strict controls over the Internet? Or that
Taiwan registers more readers than India? Interesting,
too, to note that ArmeniaNow even gets readers
I'd like to take this opportunity to say hello
to our readers in Nepal, Cambodia, and Mongolia.
Not often a journalist gets to say that in one
Egypt tops the chart of eight countries in Africa
where we have readers, but it's strange to discover
that we're also big in Mauritius, which comes
second. Knowing that Uruguay is our most popular
Latin American base, out of seven countries there,
is obviously much easier to fathom.
Australia doesn't miss out either, recording
seven times as many readers as neighboring New
Your lives and experiences are as varied as the
countries you inhabit. But what brings you together
here at ArmeniaNow is a shared passion for knowledge
about life in this small corner of the globe.
The fact that you keep coming back suggests we
are doing something right and that you find what
we do useful. So here's where all this is leading.
We want more of you. We want this community to
flourish so that when you log on, you know that
there are thousands of like-minded people around
the world who share your enthusiasm for Armenia.
If each of you tells just one other person to
check out ArmeniaNow over the next month then
the visitor numbers double. If you like what you
read, then share it by spreading the word.
I'll let you know in a month or so how many of
you take up the challenge.