I started this blog exactly 6 months ago on the final day of a not-so-cold January just on a whim to find out who was out there who liked kayo kyoku like I did, and at the very least, get a lot of stuff off my chest about the songs I've liked...some of which I've been listening to since my infancy.
At this point, I would like to share with you a couple of sets of stats I've amassed from Blogger.
A. Page Viewership by Country (Jan. 31 - July 31)
1. United States 3875 views
2. Japan 1372
3. Canada 1125
4. Russia 479
5. Croatia 444
6. Germany 335
7. United Kingdom 229
8. South Korea 208
9. Ukraine 128
10. Australia 126
The Top 10 here make up about 80% of the total viewership of 10,000 plus. All of the continents have been represented overall, and I've received pageviews from places like Brunei, Estonia, the Netherlands and even Reunion (out in the Indian Ocean). Now, taking into consideration that a certain fraction of these pageviews probably consist of people who just stumbled in by accident and quickly left or spammers, I'm still heartened and surprised at the reach that kayo kyoku has had worldwide...not just in North America but in Eastern and Northern Europe, South America and even Africa and the Middle East.
B. Top 10 Entries (Pageviews)
1. The Candies Haru Ichiban 139
2. Yukiko Okada/Mariya Takeuchi Lonesome Season 74
3. Ami Ozaki My Pure Lady 59
4. Yumi Arai/Hi-Fi Set Sotsugyo Shashin 46
5. Hikaru Utada Automatic 35
6. H2O Omoide ga Ippai 34
7. Yumi Arai Cobalt Hour 34
8. Hideki Saijo Young Man 32
9. 1981 Kohaku List 32
10. Hiromi Go Otoko no Ko... 32
The Candies got that huge boost when a fellow taking care of the kotaku.com site linked my article on them with one of his dealing with the current unit, Perfume. Those were some interesting days. With the exception of Hikaru Utada, the majority of the songs are from the 70s.
Last but not least, I'd also like to thank those who have been generous with their time and words to leave comments, notably Makotogawa from Croatia, DOSSY and more recently, Andrew Yen from Texas. Again, if any of you out there would like to share some of your kayo kyoku stories, I'm more than willing to read and talk about them.
And finally, since I've linked this blog to my Twitter feed, I've actually gotten a celebrity follower: Akiko Kobayashi (Koi ni Ochite - 1985). She has been living in London for the past 20 years with her family and is enjoying the 2012 Olympics. Admittedly naively, I hope that someday she may be able to leave her own comments on this blog about her entries or some of the others.
Anyways, here's hoping that I can dig up some more kayo kyoku for the next 6 months. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!