THEY SAY that wherever you travel in the world you will find someone from Barbados, and from what we have seen over the past year and a half at Barbados Free Press that is true. Bajans visit BFP and send us emails and comments from just about any country you can name. A few weeks ago our one millionth visitor (visitor, not page view) logged on from Germany, shortly followed by visitor number one million and one from Thailand – both Bajans living abroad.
The tragedy this week has again reminded us of how many of our brothers and sisters still look towards home no matter how far away they find themselves, or for how long.
As a matter of sad record, today has seen the highest number of visitors that BFP has ever had in one 24-hour period as Bajans around the world search for news of their loved ones and friends. We haven’t spoken with our friends at the other Barbados-based blogs, but we imagine that their traffic is also up significantly.
We notice that Barbados Underground’s post Bus Crashes In St. Joseph Intransit To The Party Monarch Finals Held At The East Coast~A Time For National Mourning is today the #59th most visited WordPress.com post, while BFP’s Tragedy At Joes River – Six Dead In Barbados Tour Bus Crash is the #34 most visited WordPress.com post out of the couple of hundred million articles online today.
Barbados Underground also appeared on the “Top 100 WordPress Blogs” list for the first time, listed at the #72 most popular blog out of one and a quarter million WordPress.com blogs worldwide. Barbados Free Press moved up to #31 on the same Top 100 WordPress Blogs list.
We point these statistics out with no joy or sense of accomplishment because, of course, we wish today had never happened the way it did – but the visitor statistics are an indication of the interest and concern shown by folks everywhere.
All of us at BFP hope that the families and friends who are suffering at this moment can take some small comfort in knowing that the entire Bajan family at home and around the world is praying for them and sharing in their troubles.
*** Photo courtesy of Barbados In Focus