November 02, 2002

Where in the World?

Time for the Saturday morning GeoButton summary for Fragments visitors from the past week:

Top cities for visits this week: Tallahassee, Florida 27; San Francisco, California 25; Markleysburg, Pennsylvania 18; Sarasota, Florida 15; Providence, North Carolina 14. I had to look up Providence, NC, just south of the VA-NC border. Now I know.

Unknown but domestic places, a sampling: Vermillion, South Dakota; Waukesha, Wisconsin; Matawan, New Jersey; Disputanda, Virginia. I wonder if any of these places is as small as Floyd (town, population 400, county, population 14,000).

Imported: Woodlands, Singapore; Lugano, Switzerland; Toowoomba, Australia; Lison, Portugal; Goulburn, Australia; Strasburg, France. There are multiple visits from these far-away places; displaced Americans?

Thanks for the visits, folks. I would love to hear from more of you, at least once, so these unfamiliar places and unfathomable DNS numbers will have a more neighborly ring to them.

I suppose for the pure pundits, the point of a weblog is more giving out opinion and creating ground for argument and discussion. Fragments is a pundit-free zone, mostly; beyond leaving words for my grandchildren here, I would like for the weblog to serve to connect us, here in a very isolated place, to real people in real places, hopefully even in our own state and region (which has not happened yet in the six months of this weblog, with only one or two fairly regular readers that I know of from as close as 100 miles). I confess I am curious how and why visitors come, especially those who come back more than once, suggesting it might not be by accident.

Pardon the rambling. Its a Saturday: might as well close up shop and go get started on the chores. Be well.

Posted by fred1st at November 2, 2002 06:58 AM


You forgot Canada!!!!!!!!

Blog on!

Posted by: Bene Diction at November 2, 2002 07:44 PM

If I'm not mistaken, Disputanta is just south of Petersburg on US 460. I have no idea how many people reside there, but I can remember passing a faded "Welcome to Disputanta" sign when my father would drive our family to Virginia Beach each summer.

Posted by: ron at November 3, 2002 09:07 AM

Matawan could be me; it's not that far away and my ISP seems to show up in odd places. And it's a suburban kind of place, tucked in with lots of others, so it's nothing like Floyd. It'd be nicer if it was.

Posted by: susanna at November 3, 2002 05:55 PM

I don't know why I "drop By," I just do.

Posted by: Charlie at November 3, 2002 09:05 PM

Vermillion, South Dakota would be me! Vermillion's a quirkily charming little town, home to The University of South Dakota (the flagship university of the state), population 11,000 (including the students). Vermillion is nestled in the Missouri River Valley in the Southeast corner of the state . . . just above the Nebraska border, and just west of the Iowa border. The soft violet swell of bluffs that line the river can be quite lovely here. The town is small and friendly, but has the best combination coffee shop/art gallery around, and also boasts a certain Northern Exposure-esque ambience. I come back here to Fragments for the good writing and the entomology. :)

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at November 3, 2002 11:45 PM

The button neglected to include my 5,000 visits? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Posted by: Da Goddess at November 4, 2002 02:35 AM

I come here for the writing, the photos (I do miss Virginia sometimes), and to keep tabs on you and Ann.

Posted by: Curt at November 5, 2002 10:25 AM

Can't wait to move to Floyd County and be a neighbor to only 1400 people. There are at least that many on the street where I live in New Orleans. We bought property in Floyd 3 years ago and hopefully in 6-7 years we will be retiring there. My husband grew up in Virginia and it already feels like home to me. Enjoy reading fragments and long to be back in the country.

Posted by: Liska Forsyth at November 5, 2002 01:53 PM

I found you while looking for "real estate floyd" or "cheap land in Floyd"...something along those lines. I have been hooked ever since. I confess I don't come here every day. I like to save up and then sit down with a cup of coffee or two or three and "get caught up". Still hoping to be a real neighbor one of these days. We are trying not to lose heart and figuring it will happen when it's meant to happen. In the meantime, it's wonderful to read your thoughts and those of the readers and the pictures keep our home goal fresh. So thanks!

Posted by: Lisa at November 9, 2002 07:51 PM

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