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Personal ramblings and rants of a somewhat twisted mind

WordPress categories and tags

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Fascinating! The categories and tags I attach to a post seem to make little difference to the number of views each one receives. Nor is the distribution of countries from where the views originate affected by tags. With two exceptions.

If I include New Zealand, NZ or Aotearoa, I see a large increase in the number of views from, you guessed it, Aotearoa New Zealand. That’s only to be expected, as I guess many people (myself included) will have among their search tags, the name of their country. On the rare occasions where I have used a country specific tag, I see an increase of viewers from that country.

But there’s one group of tags that, on first glance, one would not think of as being country specific, but if one thinks about it, becomes understandable considering the amount of argument and discussion it causes in one country in particular.

The United States of America is supposedly a shining example of freedom and the rest of the world pales in comparison. In fact, America is well down the list no matter what kind of freedom one measures (perhaps with the exception of the right to bear arms). It’s a myth that most Americans seem to believe is true, but whether or not it may have been true at some point in the past, it most certainly has not been true for several decades.

The categories and tags I have in mind are not directly related to freedom, except in one sense. When you listen to American’s talk about freedom it’s almost exclusively along the lines of freedom to or freedom of. Very seldom is freedom from discussed much, whereas in NZ, it’s discussed as much as the other sorts of freedoms.

There is one hot topic in America that’s bandied about both as a freedom of and as a freedom from,  and that is (if you haven’t already guessed it) religion.  Any time I include a category or tag pertaining to religion, the number of views from America (and only America) increases markedly. So much so, that it’s very tempting to add a religion themed tag just to maintain a high number of visitors.

Yep, any religion themed tag (and I include atheism here, as without religion, it’s sort of irrelevant), brings around 10 times as many views from America than posts without religion themed tags, but views from other nations remain much the same. Kind of makes you wonder what goes on in the mind of many Americans!

Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and was diagnosed as being autistic aged sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

6 thoughts on “WordPress categories and tags

  1. Freedom from guns! Now there’s an idea! 😊👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    • Freedom from guns is the norm here. I’m trying to think of the last time I saw a real gun in NZ and it would probably be about 50 years ago.

      Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, the police aren’t armed, and when I’ve visited America, I find myself giving police officers a very wide berth as their guns make me feel very uneasy. I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable around a person packing a firearm.

  2. Lately, there is a decreasing amount of things going on in the minds of many Americans… and, that is a very big problem.

  3. Interesting observations Barry.
    My blog, regardless of the tag gets most clicks from America even the ones I tag Kenya would still attract more views from US of A than from Kenya.

    • Yes, views from America are typically around half of all views, except when religion is the topic. Then the total number of views increases markedly, and most are from America.

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