My first indication that people outside of my circle of friends and family were interested in my blog was a letter I received from UNESCO some time ago.
Art Day; Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy; 2011
I was curious to know if people from other countries were visiting my site, and through the magic of a web analysis tool…
… I discovered a wealth of friends from all over the world (daily map from August 24, 2014).
Many of my visitors are from countries that are experiencing war, sickness and a myriad of other traumas.
… in Rostov-on-Don (Russian Federation, on the border of the Ukraine), someone is interested in making origami flowers.
In spite of the tumult…
… in Zhitomir (Ukraine), someone likes my picture of the pilliated woodpecker.
Other surprises emerge on a daily basis as countries, many with historical and current conflicts, appear to have surprisingly similar tastes.
In fact, throughout the few years of my blog, people from more than 90 countries have expressed an interest in Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy, crafts, recipes and even some of my more esoteric ramblings.
I don’t need to enumerate the problems and issues that people in the world are dealing with these days. Turn on the TV, listen to the radio, log on to Facebook or read the paper. Plenty to worry about.
But, in spite of all the worry, I am struck by how similar we are. Most people want to be loved, want to provide for their families, want to be understood, want to be happy.
And more than a few ….
… want to make something with buttons.