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The countries responsible for most of the page views on my blog? Or how about all the countries of residence of my favorite book bloggers? Wrong and wrong again.
In light of the fact that most giveaways seem to be only open to people in the US (or USA and Canada, in some cases) I started wondering how many very lucky people from all kinds of places worldwide ever won something on my blog. Of course a mere list would be a bit boring. And apropos boring - boredom can make you engage in all kinds of activities, such as creating the map above (but seriously, if you want to create a customizable map this is a fantastic site).
You know what my first thought was when I saw the result? There are still an awful lot of white spots on that map. I could have sworn that there must have been a winner in South Africa too, but apparently not. Not all that much going on in Asia or South America either. And hard to believe, but even in Europe there are several countries filled with people who didn't get lucky (in one of my giveaways, anyway).
The point is, it warms my heart seeing how people from around the globe are brought together by their love for books. While I do understand that personally sending out books is rather pricey with shipping costs, still I really wished that authors who offer books in giveaways would see the map of the world like I do. A world filled with readers.
Fellow bloggers, what's the most exotic place any of your winners ever came from? Would you agree that The Book Depository is a fantastic place for sending prices to winners? And tell me, when you have authors as guests on your blog, do you encourage them to make giveaways open worldwide? Please share!