Dear Wasilla

On January 11, 2009 · 3 Comments

An Open Letter to an Anonymous reader.

Dear Wasilla,

Truth be told, I don’t get a lot of traffic from Alaska on the Twelve Mile Circle. When an Alaska visitor lands here she’s usually landing from Juneau, no doubt because a bunch of pages on my travel site focus there. So I notice with when a non-Juneau Alaska visitor drops by.

Regular readers will hopefully forgive me if I repeat this again (I know, I know), but I absolutely obsess over traffic statistics and trends. I’m particularly fond of the mapping tools on Google Analytics. It’s a perfect intersection of numbers and geography; a total no-brainer toy for me, providing hours of joy and entertainment. I’m strange that way.

An Alaska hit practically jumps of the screen in flashing neon, both because it happens only once every few days and because it’s so geographically distinct. Same for Hawaii. I’d say North Dakota has about the same level of traffic too, but it’s not quite as obvious on a map when it’s lumped in with 47 other states.

So within that context, and so I don’t sound like "creepy Internet stalker guy," I’ve noticed a low but steady volume of traffic arriving from Wasilla, Alaska in recent days and weeks. I think I may have picked up a reader from Wasilla! Truth be told, the name of the town wouldn’t have resonated with me six months ago, but um, you know.

Welcome Wasilla reader, whoever you are. I’m sure you’re tired of people talking about your town solely because of its famous resident. They don’t know that Wasilla is the fifth largest town in Alaska, or that there was a statewide ballot initiative that almost moved the state capital to your hometown in 1994. You and I know that it’s a big deal place portrayed rudely and unfairly by the Media. They eat their own, you know. Maybe things will get back to normal now that the election is receding in our rear view mirror.

I live near a well-known political town too so you have my sympathies. When relatives in the heartland ask me how often I get see the President, my stock answer is, "well, let me think on that awhile… hmm… that would be never."

Let’s not dwell on those thoughts, though. This is a geo-blog not a political blog. I’ll offer a simple "welcome" and hope you return often.

And Sarah, your secret’s safe with me.

Fondly,
The Twelve Mile Circle

On January 11, 2009 · 3 Comments

3 Responses to “Dear Wasilla”

  1. Randolph Clark says:

    Facetious remarks are among my favorites. As a matter of others’ attempts at humor Palin comparison.

  2. […] arrived right around the time of the Inauguration. Obviously it was a last-ditch attempt by the Twelve Mile Circle’s secret admirer (ya betcha) to undo the election and throw the results to the runner-up. If Hawaii wasn’t actually part […]

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