Pursuing Greenland – the quest of a global blogger

The first thing I must say is that this post is about hubris, mine of course since it’s my blog.

I’m really proud of the fact that over the past few years that I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve attracted readers from all over the world. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’ve had readers from every continent (except Antartica, that I know of…) drop in at some point and read something from this blog.

As you can imagine, the U.S. and Canada represent my most frequent readers, but I have a lot of readers in Northern Europe from countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Ireland, Denmark, and Sweden … and a few from Iceland and Norway too.

But what about Greenland? Nada!

The nice folks at WordPress light up a map on a report I can pull up with all the lovely reader tallies from each country, and depending on the number of people who have viewed the blog the country color goes from white (no readers) to deep red (lots of readers.)

Greenland looks like a field of pristine snow on my color map … all white.

Country coverage from my blog

But in all fairness, how many times have I written about Greenland on this blog? Until today, zero times. And it’s highly unfair of me to expect the fine people of Greenland to come to this blog and spend their well earned leisure time (you know, after they shovel the sidewalk in front of their house in the dark for the two hundredth time, and feed their sled dogs) reading about me complaining how we’ve gotten “a lot of snow in New York City” this year and “how cold” it is here.

Yeah, boo hoo they must all be saying way up north. We have parts of our place that are above the Arctic Circle, so don’t talk to us about cold, they might sniff at me. I wouldn’t blame them one bit.

And so it was that I started searching around online for news about Greenland, and I found (no, I’m not kidding) GreenlandToday.com.

You want pictures of icebergs and polar bears? They got ’em!

This big boy looks fierce!

This big boy looks fierce!

You want to know which Greenland based designers showed their wares at the Copenhagen Fashion Week and were well received? It’s in there!

Great Greenland designs at Copenhagen Fashion Week

Great Greenland designs at Copenhagen Fashion Week

And what blog post about Greenland would be complete without an image of the Northern Lights? Right!

Northern Lights over Greenland

Northern Lights over Greenland

In short, this post is my shameless appeal to the lovely people of Greenland to come on over and visit this blog … and maybe comment too, if they want to.

Since there are only about 57,000 people living in the country, which is about 20% of the city where I live (Jersey City has at least 250,o00 people) I know I’m appealing to a limited audience.

Still, I believe in the power of the internet and global communications.

Come on folks, let’s make it happen.

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20 Responses

  1. Fun post. I feel a trip to Greenland is in your future….

    • You know, isn’t that funny… it’s exactly what I was thinking.

      The thing is, I’ve still got Newfoundland, Canada very high on my list of places to go in that region and I’d rather go to St. John’s on Newfie first before I’d consider hitting Greenland (or Iceland.)

  2. Oh yeah, the holy grail of blogging visits…mysterious Greenland!…I too have that unexplained blank spot on my map and even featured a Greenland music group to make it go away, but alas-it has not happened. I am thinking of taking a trip there and logging on my site as alast resort.

    • That’s funny Wayne. I guess I could fly to Greenland and “hit” my blog, but to me that seems like cheating!

      There are only 57,000 residents of Greenland though, and I just looked it up (see link) that 93% of the population has Internet access.

      http://wikitravel.org/en/Greenland

      I suppose the roundabout way to get a hit from Greenland is to continue to talk on my blog about Denmark.

      Greenland is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, even though Greenland is self-governed….

  3. Still no hit from Greenland?

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  4. I`ll give it a try, and then it`s out of my hands.

  5. Hi! So finally i was able to get here..i hope this fulfills your Greenlandic dream on stat! Nuuk is still all wrapped up in winter but im sending my warmest regards to you all the way from up here:-) – dani henriksen , nuuk, greenland

    • WOW!!!!!

      Oh my goodness Dani, I’m so thrilled to know that anyone from Greenland came and visited my blog.

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!

      Please, if you like, tell me what it’s like to live in Greenland? Now that I’ve done a little research, I’m completely fascinated by your country.

      Thank you again for your visit!

  6. I think you should come and visit me..its spring soon, but soon is i dont know exactly when…its pretty sunny here today but biting cold at the same time that going outside means wearing -40 recommended winter jacket is never a bad idea..i felt frozen in time at the moment and i am only imagining whats it like again to see grasses, flowers and insects as well as the feel of plus 15 degrees which is a normal summer temp. In Nuuk..but June is soon that maybe is when my wish for something summery will happen:-)

    • I agree, I should come and visit you in Nuuk, Greenland. That sounds like an amazing idea. 🙂

      15 degrees Celsius is nearly 60 degrees Farenheit and while we wouldn’t consider that “warm” in New York City, we would definitely consider it to be pleasant spring weather.

      When it gets hot in New York in July and August, it can get up to 100 degrees Farenheit… which is 37 degrees Celcius.

      I’m sure it has never gotten that hot in Nuuk, and I hope it never does, otherwise there will be something very wrong with Global Climate Change! 🙂

      • when we hit over +20 degrees C then something is indeed wrong with global warming, carol…at +15 degrees, people are complaining already..haha!

        • Haha, people are complaining if it reaches 60 degrees farenheit? Hahaha… that is funny Dani!

          In New York, we’re complaining that it is not YET 60 degrees F (or 15 degrees C). 😀

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