If you’re thinking of starting a blog, I recommend WordPress. It’s inexpensive, it’s easy to use — even for a non-computer type like me — and it gives you interesting information about your blog and its readers.
Recently, for example, WordPress started providing statistics on the locations of our readers. Today I learned that we had a hit from Burkina Faso. How cool is that? The fact that someone from a faraway country read something on our humble family blog — although I don’t know what — shows how the internet and social media are changing the world, bringing people closer together, and allowing them to communicate in new and useful ways.
Intrigued, I decided to do some reading on Burkina Faso. It is a landlocked west African nation that borders on Ghana, Mali, and the Ivory Coast. A former French colony, it achieved independence in 1960 and has been governed for more than 20 years by a president who came to power in a military coup and has won every election since. Its capital is Ouagadougou (pronounced woggadoogoo). French remains the official language. The majority of the people in the country are Muslim. It is a poor country, with an economy based on cotton and gold exports. Its national anthem was written by a former president, who also happened to be an avid guitar player.
Welcome to our reader in Burkina Faso — and thanks for your interest. It’s given me a reason to learn a little bit about your country.