The most success I have had on this site has been with my recent Elsewhere series, six parts about the rest of the world outside of the United States. This makes sense, of course, as the shift in my audience, even prior to that series, has been very international. At present, over the past few weeks, the United States has been my number two as far as the number of ‘clicks,’ far behind India. I thank India greatly for this. As a matter of fact, India inspired the whole Elsewhere series, my ambition to reach–at least on a slightly personal level–those who are far more numerous than the hovering crowd I already intimately know. The first piece I wrote was about India.
And yet there are so many other places in the world to discuss, as well as numerous conversations necessary to have about every other civilization that thrives or fails. Of course as I go across continents, places like Australia are a single nation. There are numerous issues to discuss in that vast, glorious place.. But I will need to incorporate several independent or colonially maintained islands and smaller nations within the scale of their nearby continents (New Zealand cannot help but come to mind.)
And so, starting Monday, Elsewhere 2 will begin. Tomorrow, Sunday, 3/24/19, will be a day off, without even a reprint of an older piece. My son has baseball try-outs and we must work to get him back up to speed. The job of parenting, you know.
And so, with this preliminary out of the way, I hopefully encourage you to check out some of my older pieces, and hope that I know what I’m talking about when covering controversial nations, war torn chaos, and the joys people find in being anything other than American.
Thank you all.