Do you know how many countries there are in the world?
Different numbers pop up when one inquires or reads about the number of countries in the world. Each source you use often yields a different answer. Ultimately, the best answer is that there are 196 countries in the world.
Why am I telling you this? Well, I like statistics, especially those of this blog here. You can read so much in all those numbers – and numbers don’t lie.
Yesterday, while spending a few minutes reading through the stats, once again impressed by the number of views in total (almost 57.000), I noticed that there was a country in the “visitors from…” list I hadn’t seen there before. I checked back and, yes, Kenya was “new to the family”. Now that fact itself is not so very special – but Kenya marks number 100 on the list of countries from which people come to visit this blog.
We could pat ourselves on the back now and say “Wow, look, what we’ve achieved! People from 100 different countries came to visit our blog.” But is that true? A fact? Not really. People don’t come to visit us – they come to read about Oscar Pistorius. They enter Oscar-related keywords in search engines (yes, the stats show that as well) and they send in their thoughts about and messages for Oscar – not for anybody else. They want to support and encourage him, share their empathy and compassion for him. They do that because Oscar Pistorius has given the world so much in the past, never too tired to speak for the less fortunate. It’s Oscar’s achievements and charitable actions that still impress people – another fact you can read in the stats, the feedback, the comments and the countless supportive messages.
Look, Oscar, half the world has not forgotten about all that you’ve done in the past. The stats of this place show that literally half the world still respects and loves you – and statistics never lie.
Mira & the SupportForOscar team
|6||Aruba||40||Hong Kong||74||Republic of Korea|
|12||Bermuda||46||Isle of Man||80||Singapore|
|13||Bosnia and Herzegovina||47||Israel||81||Slovakia|
|19||Chile||53||Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic||87||Switzerland|
|22||Cyprus||56||Mauritius||90||Trinidad and Tobago|
|25||Djibouti||59||Namibia||93||United Arab Emirates|
|26||Dominican Republic||60||Nepal||94||United Kingdom|
|27||Egypt||61||Netherlands||95||United Republic of Tanzania|
|28||Estonia||62||New Zealand||96||United States|