happy birthday: the flyingnorthblog turns one


Happy birthday flyingnorth! On January 31, 2011, flying north went live, and I wrote the following:

Entering the blogosphere is no small feat. It means that one is responsible for saying something interesting on a regular basis. And quite frankly, isn’t there enough noise out there? Unfortunately most of it is the wrong kind of noise – steeped in assumptions and intolerance and lacking in data and historical context. Therefore, I felt it was time to throw my hat into the ring. I aspire to approach blogging in a different way – not to keep people up to date on my latest espresso – but to provide commentary on subjects of particular interest to me: travel, politics and the nexus of the two.

In light of this, flying north may texturally and textually feel more like a news feed than a blog. Prepare for departure and crosscheck, we have been cleared for takeoff.

Since then, the blog has been read by over 20,000 people in 150 countries in every corner of the world, and the numbers increase with each passing month. While I hope that I have lived up to my aspirational mission statement from last year, I realize that this kind of project is a living breathing animal and sometimes writes itself. It is quite a commitment to blog almost every day, which is my sometimes unfulfilled goal, as not blogging is like not feeding an animal and having them [in this case the laptop] look at you longingly for a treat.

About a month after I began the blog, I discovered Google analytics. Not only could I see how many people were reading, but more importantly I could see where they were from. For a geography nerd like me, this was golden. Since I love this kind of thing, I figured I would share some flyingnorthblog fun facts about the readership as the blog turns one:

Top ten countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Belgium, India, Turkey, Mexico, France and Germany.

Top ten cities: New York, London, Sydney, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Dublin, Istanbul, Melbourne and Brussels.

Top ten states: New York, California, Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia and Georgia.

Top ten regions: North America, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Southern Europe, Western Asia, Australia-New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Southern Asia and Central America.

I am always amazed to see that I’ve had readers in places such as the Faroe Islands, Kyrgyzstan, Yemen, Iran, Greenland, the Palestinian Territories, the Cook Islands or Azerbaijan. It in fact makes me very happy and speaks to what I am most interested in: the nexus of travel and politics. Below is the complete country listing below courtesy of Google analytics.








Since I’ve only travelled to about 40% as many countries as the blog has, I do have my travel work cut out for me.

I’d like to thank everyone for supporting the blog over the past year – your readership and comments are very much appreciated. Here’s to the coming year and the approaching flyingnorthblog terrible twos!



  1. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

    You now have 60% of the world to see in the coming years so you can really represent your reader base…I’ll join you on a few ;o)

  2. Congratations! I hope that that birthday cake is as delicious to eat as it is stunningly beautiful to admire. Who’s the whimsical culinary talent who made that?