A couple of weeks ago I bemoaned that I hadn’t had any visitors from much of Africa. It was with great joy that I opened my Google Analytics account this morning and found that I’d recorded a visitor from Mali, my first from that west African nation.
The red dot on the graphic corresponds to the city of Bamako, the capital of Mali. It has a population of about 1.7 million and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
It’s not too surprising that it’s taken nearly two years for the first Mali visitor to register on my website. Although Mali has a lot of land it doesn’t have lots of inhabitants, only about 13 million. The official language is French but many people speak Bambara and other vernacular languages. There aren’t many internet users in Mali either — the CIA World Factbook estimates a scant 200,000 users. How many of those could be English speaking fans of geo-oddities? Apparently exactly one.
Thank you visitor from Mali, and please come back again soon.