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2010 in review – blog stats

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,300 times in 2010. That’s about 22 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 46 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 72 posts. There were 191 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 95mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 28th with 165 views. The most popular post that day was I’ve got a crush on a Bangladeshi guy.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for ashura, jessica mudditt, thailandsex, florian sichling, and shemshak.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


I’ve got a crush on a Bangladeshi guy September 2010
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Ashura (a.k.a Muharram) – the bloody and the beautiful December 2009


Bishwa Ijtema: five million Muslims, 108 weddings, one Australian female photographer January 2010


The first Bangladeshi to conquer Mount Everest describes his 43 day expedition – WITH AMAZING PHOTOS June 2010


Thailand: sex, lies and no interviews July 2010
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Facebook is friendlier in Bangladesh

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Facebook is friendlier in Bangladesh 5 April 2010

When Facebook was launched seven years ago, no one had any idea that it would reshape human interactions. The social networking site has quickly outshone previous modes of communication and attempts to create copycat websites have failed miserably. The use of Facebook has become so widespread that two people who wish to stay in contact are more likely to exchange Facebook account names rather than telephone numbers. For some, the website has almost become a complete substitute for face-to-face contact. But for many of the site’s 400 million users, Facebook simply provides a sense of community and friendship with those whom we’re not necessarily physically close to. It’s a site that encourages warm and fuzzy feelings, which is no doubt why we keep coming back for more. This has all happened so quickly that the Microsoft Word dictionary I’m using still underlines the word “Facebook” in red. In 2009 the cruel verb “unfriend” was named Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary.

In Bangladesh, more than half a million people use the internet, and every one in five has a Facebook account. The number of internet users has quadrupled since 2003. Since arriving here last October, the number of friends I have on Facebook has grown exponentially, as has the amount of time I spend on the site. In Bangladesh, two or three minutes of real life conversation is enough to create an online friendship. Etiquette does not require a certain reticence about forging these digital connections. And why should there be? Life’s too short.

Globally, the average Facebook user has 130 friends, but I’m sure that figure would be higher in Bangladesh. I have many Bangladeshi friends who have over a thousand friends – a few hundred seems to be the norm. Once I sneakily peered over a friend’s shoulder and discovered that he has over a thousand friend requests pending. I couldn’t help but ask why he hasn’t accepted them. For the time being he says he’s content with having 750 friends that he “knows.” Not only are Bangladeshis quick to seize new friendships, but the site itself is also being used with undeniable enthusiasm. A single photo from a party can generate more than 20 comments in less than 20 minutes. Following the commentary between those who did and didn’t attend can be almost as fun as the party itself.

Status updates also tend to have a more personal quality. People here are not afraid to post a cry from the heart, a romantic yearning, or to air their insecurities. There’s none of that bland, “How about the weather” type of stuff that you get elsewhere. Here’s a sweet status update posted by a male friend of mine, “The best feelings are those that have no words to describe them.” If someone announces on Facebook that they are ill or that a relative has died, commiserations flood in. Bangladeshis respond to their friends’ news updates with a warmth and attentiveness that was previously unknown to me. The flurry of activity can be mind-boggling, but it’s always entertaining.

Does this frenzy of online activity suggest that Bangladeshis are friendlier in general? Possibly, but it’s impossible to assess. However I certainly believe that if the politicians can implement a “digital Bangladesh”, the people will know exactly what to do with it.

-The Independent