Mapping the Metrics of Mapping: Putting Africa on the Map

Screen Shot WordPress Top Views by Country

Screen Shot WordPress Top Views by Country

One of the things that I like about the WordPress platform is the statistics that it provides for me to see who is reading my blog.  I love stats: if you can measure it, then you can make it better.

Kind of like I like our ISO certifications at Williams & Heintz Map Corp. The processes make us keep track and measure everything:

  • We are ISO 9001 certified for “Cartographic Production, Large Form Cartographic Printing and Specialized Map Folding” to provide better product with greater consistency and quality.
  • We are ISO14001 certified; we have developed, and maintain an environmental management system to continually improve our environmental performance. The processes and materials that we use to create quality maps and charts are continually monitored to reduce our environmental footprint and to decrease the pollution and waste.

Anyway, about the WordPress stats, I can be pretty obsessive. I am pleased to see that WordPress now has a view by country panel.  The best thing about this view is that it is in the form of a map! So far the MapPrinter blog has been viewed by people from 40 different countries.  No views from Africa or China yet.  How can I fix these big holes in my map?

UPDATE:  One week after posting about Africa, tagging and using Africa in the title of the post, I now have views from 5 countries in Africa:  Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, South Africa and Uganda!  I even received a request for a map printing quote :)

About hollybudd

I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. I have a BS in Environmental Studies from Cook College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I returned to school for a MBA from Trinity DC. I am the president/CEO of Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, the family printing company that was started by my great grandfather.

Posted on March 17, 2012, in News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi Hollybudd,

    It’s my pleasure to be the first reader for your blog from Africa (Egypt), hopefully this will help filling part of the big hole in your map, Thanks :)

  2. Albert Ndubizu

    Holly,
    Much of Africa has not been mapped in recent times. Except for Russian and US Military or Maps by these African countries handed down by colonial masters or done just after their independence some 30 -70 years ago in paper format. If you have old(British) Admiralty river and coastal maps (Dutch, British, Portuguese or French) , colonial exploratory maps or access to them and can include them on your site, you will get alot of views from Africa. DFID, USAID, Canadian, French and EU organizations have maps (Population, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Health, Imagery, etc) but for some odd reasons wont put them online or want funds for any request for data.
    Albert

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