Thursday, June 17, 2010

DL is on a Quest

My blog buddy DL Hammons is on a quest: Blogging Buddies Around the Globe. He's trying to find like minded followers in all 50 of the United States and as many countries around the world as he can. As of last time I checked he's got at least 38 states and 14 countries (including yours truly & several others from Canada).

DL's blog is Cruising Altitude - if you haven't visited it yet, it's well worth a look. DL has a wonderful attitude - he's fun, positive and really gets you thinking.

In his words, here's his thinking:

I’m sure that if I turned to Google Analytics to analyze my site hits, I would see traffic from each of the 50 states. That’s not what I’m after. What can you learn from a site hit? Nothing. Somebody could have been searching for a cheap cruise, or researching the average cruising altitude for jet airplanes and stumbled across my blog accidentally. I desire interaction, active participation, feedback about the words I’m tacking up on this electronic bulletin board. I get that in spades from a significant portion of the ‘Like Minded’ that follow me regularly, but I’m greedy, I want more. A nudge in my direction is all I’m after, I’ll do the rest.

I love the idea - and I'd like to help out a buddy. Check out DL's blog and see if you can help him out.

I'd like to know too! Where are you from?

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  1. Well, I've been a follwer of DLs for quite a while now. I haven't really checked to see where all my followers are from, but I guess it would be interesting to know. I am blogging from Los Angeles, California.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Lee - It is fun - I don't travel much, so I'm going to visit all these places vicariously through my bloggy friends. :)

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  3. What a neat idea. I'll click over and see what's going on. Thanks for passing the information along. Me, I'm blogging from Georgia (USA).

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  4. I'm blogging from Wainuiomata, New Zealand :)

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  5. I'll check out the blog.

    I'm from Cambridge, MA.

    I got a map so I could see where people check in from. It's pretty cool to see readers from halfway around the world.

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  6. With me, you get the Eastern Hemisphere, Asia, India, Maharashtra state and Bombay city!

    And I am definitely not an accidental visitor- I have read every one of your posts since I started following you a couple of months back- don't often leave a comment, but that's because my internet often goes funny on me.

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  7. Another Georgia resident here. :) I can't believe how many writers I've met in person and online since I moved to Georgia. It's mind boggling.

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  8. Nice for you to help out DL Jemi! I think you know where I'm from already. Alberta it is, the oil and cowboy part of Canada but, like many living here, I'm transplanted from Eastern Ontario.

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  9. I just love DL! I sent him someone from Alaska today, but I'm not sure about the others. It's a good idea to help him out with a post! :-)

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  10. What a cool idea, I should put aside some time one day to check out my followers and map out where they're all from.
    I'll send my buddy from Finland over to his blog!

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  11. Sounds like an ambitious plan. Will love to find out how this goes.

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  12. It's like going around the world without all the hassle of airports, volcanic ash, jsit in the comfort of your own home.

    Yvonne.

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  13. I like DL's blog- I joined a while ago so he could cross Alaska off his list. It's a great idea!

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  14. Funny - I found DL's blog earlier this morning and liked the idea, so I left a comment that I'm from Norway (which I am, but he already had that checked off), but that I also almost counts as Japan and/or Maryland, since I've lived (though briefly) in both places.

    The internationalness (is that a word?) of the blogosphere is probably one of my favourite things about this whole experience. You learn so much from reading about other people's cultures and daily lives!

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  15. I've been following his progress. He'll get them all eventually!
    And thanks again for your nice comments about my character interview. I was worried when I realized how short it was compared to all the others.

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  16. I'll definitely stop over, though I'm pretty sure there's already someone from New York. I really like the idea of folks from around the world visiting.

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  17. Mason - Georgia - so you've got one of those adorable southern drawls I bet! :)

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  18. Nicole - what a lovely city name - but I bet little ones have a hard time spelling that in school! I've got a couple of other bloggy friends from NZ too :)

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  19. Theresa - I love the accents from Massachusetts as well (I'm pretty sure I didn't spell that right!)

    I do have Stat Counter with its map, but I rarely look at it - I'll have to check it out :)

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  20. Rayna - I love your photos of your city - just gorgeous. I have a couple of students in my class from India (parents are working here) but they're from Mombai (again I'm probably spelliing it wrong...)

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  21. VR - another Georgian :)

    If my memory serves me correctly, you haven't been in your new home all that long either - that's so cool that you've actually met other writers!

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  22. Lynn - yup - I knew you were a fellow Canadian :) Alberta has sure attracted a lot of folks from Ontario (and probably other places) with all those jobs you've got out there!

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  23. Shannon - DL is terrific! I'd like to see him accomplish his goal :)

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  24. Cate - it's so much fun to know we have friends from around the globe. Maybe one of these days I'll actually meet one of them :)

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  25. Cassandra - very ambitious! He's giving himself another 2 weeks to see where he's at. Hope he gets lots of new buddies before then :)

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  26. Yvonne - so true - no ash, no delays, no line ups! Love it :)

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  27. Stephanie - glad to hear it! I mentioned your name to him earlier in his quest. Glad to hear he found you :)

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  28. Cruella - wow - you've lived in some amazing places!

    I totally agree - and if it's not a word, it should be :)

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  29. Alex - you're so welcome - I thought the character came across very vividly!

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  30. Buttercup - I know - it's the best part of the Internet getting to meet so many people from so many places!

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  31. I'm writing this from Washington DC but I'm originally from the UK.

    I'll pop over to your friends blog, sounds fun.

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  32. Ha--fun idea! I'm a South Carolinian by way of Houston, TX; Batesville, AR; and Chicago, IL. (Funny thing--I just realized I've lived in the South now just about as long as I lived in the North! Strange realization.)

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  33. Jemi ~ I know I have to use words to compose this comment, but I'm at a loss for them. This is so wonderful of you to do, and your followers are just awesome! Two weeks or not...I've decided not to let this quest die until I reached my goal. Its not just my efforts anymore.

    Here's a virtual (((hug)))...but it feels so inadequate. Thank you, friend!

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  34. I sent a writer/blogger from North Dakota his way the other week. I sure hope he achieves his quest!

    I'm from Pennsylvania, the 'burbs of Philadelphia. :)

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  35. Diane Wolfe told me about DL and I connected, since he was missing New Mexico, where I blog from.
    Karen

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  36. yay for DL! (i already follow his blog.)

    i wish him luck with his goal! :D

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  37. I'm from the Dallas Fort Worth area in TEXAS!

    (Hi, Y'all.)

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  38. Blogging at you from Tulsa, Oklahoma! The heart of the mid-west and the buckle on the Bible Belt. Or something like that!

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  39. Cool goal.

    I'm in Miami Beach, FL.

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  40. Fun post! And I agree with DL that site stats, no matter how fascinating, don't reveal much about who's reading your blog. I'm from Chicago, but I've lived in L.A. for ten years and that's where I'm blogging from now.

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  41. Pipestone, Minnesota. Seven miles from South Dakota and 20 minutes from Iowa.

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  42. I've already stood up to be counted for Missouri. :) That's great of you to help DL out like this.

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  43. Alexa - I hadn't realized you were from DC - that's supposed to be such a gorgeous area in the spring :)

    Enjoy the visit to DL!

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  44. Elizabeth - you won't be disappointed. DL has a great blog! :)

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  45. Mary - you've been a lot of places! I wonder if you think of yourself as a Northerner still! I know it took my parents a long time after they immigrated to think of themselves as Canadian :)

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  46. DL - awwww - thanks! You're such a sweetie :)

    It's fun. One of the best things about this whole writing business is meeting and befriending so many incredible people!

    I'm glad you're going to keep it up - it will be fun to watch the numbers grow!

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  47. Laura - it's fun to help people connect, isn't it? :)

    I've heard good things about Philly - a steel town with heart is how it's been described to me!

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  48. Karen - we've certainly got a vastly growing group of friends! This is fun. New Mexico looks incredibly beautiful from the photos I've seen of it. Such a different landscape compared to where I live (forests!)

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  49. Tahereh - yay for DL indeed!

    I'm hoping his list is growing :)

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  50. Jenny - Hi y'all :)

    I knew you were from Texas (Lone Star State, right?) - just didn't realize where. It's such a big state - I imagine the big cities have a very different feel from the ranching areas.

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  51. Beth - 'the buckle on the Bible Belt' - I LOVE that expression!

    Every time I hear Oklahoma, the song from the musical breaks out in my head. You folks from there must get mighty sick of hearing it! :)

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  52. Medeia - Miami Beach has such an image that goes with it! Sophisticated, hot, diverse. At least that's the way I've heard it. :)

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  53. Sarah - there's such a world of difference between Chicago & LA! That must be a fun transition :)

    Chicago isn't far from my neck of the woods (Northern Ontario) so I think that would be a comfortable city for me :)

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  54. Cat - Pipestone - what a great name!

    Sounds like you're right on the border - that's fun!

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  55. Lindsay - have fun visiting DL - I hope you enjoy his site!

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  56. Susan - Go Missouri! I have to admit I know very little about your state. I'm going to have to go and Google some images to give me a visual :)

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  57. I love the blogs with flags of different countries. I keep meaning to add it to mine and then forget. Go, DL!

    I blog from Southern California, Riverside mostly, sometimes LA.

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  58. Jemi, you are a sweetheart.

    I love that you did this. :)

    Happy Weekend!
    Love,
    Lola

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  59. Wonderful idea Jemi. I'm from Austin, TX.

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  60. Tricia - so that's where all your gorgeous pictures come from! You have beautiful shorelines :)

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  61. Awww - thanks Lola :)

    It just seemed the right thing to do - DL is a sweetie!

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  62. Helen - another Texas gal! Although a different big city. I'll have to check my map - I'm not quite sure where the cities are in Texas. I bet you ladies are swamped with heat about now!

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  63. Hey Jemi. Just letting you know I've awarded you with the versatile blogger award. You can come pick it up at my blog. Thanks :)

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  64. Thanks Bec! You're a sweetie - I'll pop right on over! :)

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  65. You're right. It's hot here. Supposed to get up to almost 100.

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  66. Helen - yikes! That's hot. We got to 34 Celsius (with the humidity factor) yesterday. That's about 93 F according to my chart. It was so hot in my classroom, I thought the kids were going to melt :)

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  67. Italy here, but you know that already, right? heh

    DL seems really nice. I popped over and left a comment. You're very generous Jemi! *hats off* :)

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  68. Mari - I did know that! I often dream of visiting there one day - but it's a long way off!

    DL is great - I know you'll enjoy his blog!

    Thanks :)

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  69. Hi Jemi! I follow DL and I wish him well in his quest!

    I live in London, UK. Yay!

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  70. Talli - I knew that one too! You've posted such great pictures of your area! :)

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  71. Great to see so many familiar names and where they're from. I'm in London, UK.

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  72. Roz - another Londoner! It's such a beautiful, historic city - so full of life and fun :)

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  73. He he. DL certainly has quite the campaign going. Yours is the third blog I've visited talking about his goal. I hope he achieve it. :D

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  74. I'm in Southern California. Great fun to see where everyone is from!

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  75. Stina - really? That's awesome. The best thing about this online writing community is how willing to help everyone is! :)

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  76. Alyssa - thanks! Another SoCal girl :) There are a lot of people who enjoy that sunny southern region!

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  77. Looking forward to your Movie Dirty Dozen on Monday!

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  78. What a crazy cool idea! On my way to DL's!

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  79. Alex - me too - although I'm still undecided on where a couple fit in!! :)

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  80. Carol - it is crazy cool! Hope you enjoy the visit - DL is great :)

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  81. I've not yet visited DL's blog but I'll pop over when I leave here. I'm from Leicester in the UK. I've lived here all my life and I love hearing about all your home-towns. The differences are fascinating.

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  82. Rosalind - I'm sure you'll enjoy DLs place - he's a nice guy :)

    It really is fascinating to see where everyone comes from and lives. Lots of variety!

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  83. Cool idea. I can get behind that. (=

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  84. Jo - I agree - it's a fun idea! I hope he keeps finding folks from new areas :)

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  85. Prashant - It sure is - thanks for dropping by :)

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  86. Such a cool goal - I follow DL :) all the way from Queensland, Australia

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  87. Such a cool goal - I follow DL :) all the way from Queensland, Australia

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  88. This is an interesting idea. I'm new to your blog and will def check out your friend's blog. Im in NSW Australia!

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  89. Michelle - DL is great so I'm not surprised you already follow him. :) I knew you were from Australia, but hadn't realized you hailed from Queensland - cool :)

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  90. Smander - welcome :) I'm assuming NSW is New South Wales? One of these days I really would like to visit your country. It looks so beautiul!

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  91. I'll have to check out DL. His goal is like some of the contests ham radio operators participate in -- Worked All States, Worked all Continents, DXCC (working as many country entities as possible in a given amount of time).

    You probably already know from my blog that I'm in Northern Colorado. Love it here!

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  92. Pat - love the ham radio idea! I've always thought doing ham radio would be so fun.

    Colorado seems like such a gorgeous state from what I've seen. I've actually set a story there - way back when. Not a story anyone else will ever see as it was written just for me :)

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