It’s a semi-momentous occasion here at KTLIT. Today represents the one-year anniversary of the creation of the KTLIT page here at www.ktlit.com. The blog has actually run much longer, but was irregularly maintained and moving to this domain was a try to move into the real world. In the real world we judge website success by traffic, and in that respect it’s been a good year.
In that year we have had:
43,000 page views from 2,858 cities in 143 countries and territories.
As the map below shows, we’re going to have to do something to bolster our showing in Africa! And that one nation up there in the North that may not even have people living in it. ^^
These views have been of the 367 posts we’ve left here, which is a pretty decent “one-a-day” clip. To those post there have been 585 comments (some of them mine), and not a single troll among all those posts. So, a big thank you to Charles, Tuttle, Yi Sang-bin, Roboseyo, and the other regular commenters here.
A special bonus thanks to those of you who have suggested topics to me, either directly, or by the virtue of the cleverness of your comments.
It is interesting to not the “internationalization” of the page. For the entire year, 67% of our hits have been from outside of Korea. But within this number there has been a decent sized swing. In March (the second real month of the blog), only 55% of our visitors were international. Last month, 67% of our visitors were international. For a blog that is trying to get information about Korean literature out to the English-reading world, that trend is extremely reassuring and I look forward to it continuing.
Final web note, we were the target of 8,596 spam comments and we praise the mighty Akismet that only one or two snuck through.
KTLIT also has 240 “followers” on Twitter and RSS, with the vast majority of those being on Twitter (follow us here!). I’d like to thank our re-tweeters, particularly Kim Young-ha whose retweets bring piles of hits to the site.
On another front entirely, the Wikipedia Project has been picking up steam. Our first posts went up in May, and our last posts (of 2010) went up in December. In that short time, there have been nearly 14,000 hits on the Wikipedia Project Pages. It will be interesting to report these numbers next year, when we hope to have 50-100 pages on the Wikipedia, depending on what kind of support I can get from the interested community.
On a front that may eventually be even more exciting, KTLIT is also part of the Nanoomi Android Application (“All That Cast Global Blogger”), which will be sending KTLIT podcasts and transcripts to the Android world. (You can read about that at ChosunBimbo, here )
Nanoomi, and it’s leader Cynthia Yoo, has been an unbelievable asset to KTLIT – introducing us to opportunities that we would certainly have missed, and serving as a brilliant bridge to the Korea blogging community and literary world. If you aren’t checking out nanoomi.net, you’re missing out.