The best blogging widget ever.

worldmap

Down at the bottom of my sidebar, you might have noticed a small map of the world. It shows where my visitors come from. By clicking the map on, you’re taken to a larger map and a real-time feed of visitors to this site and what city/country/state they come from. I sat here watching this thing last night for about an hour. It’s a good way to pass the time when you’re bored, especially if you’re still impressed by the fact people from other countries visit your website, like I still am. It looks like I get on average a new visitor every 2-3 minutes or so during the day, and at night, about 3-5 (most of my visitors are from the US).  I have no idea how many people browse this site at one time though.

The plugin is easy to install too. By providing your site URL, you’re given a JavaScript and non-JavaScript HTML code. If the JS code doesn’t work on your site, use the other one, like I did. Copy the code, then go to Text under Widgets and you can drop it in there. That’s all. You don’t have to provide an email, and the small map and its data is free. I also like the fact that unlike similar traffic-monitoring plugins, the real-time list is not visible on this site, nor are reader URLs or other information provided, so there’s no violation of reader privacy.

If you have a blog and want this widget in your sidebar too, you can get it here:
http://www.clustrmaps.com

Sorry if this sounds like an ad (it isn’t), I’m just having a lot of fun with this thing.