I don’t think I have any regular readers in Hawaii or Alaska. Every once in a while, someone from the 49th and 50th states show up. But it’s uncommon. But in every other region of the United States, I have regular readers.
In the Northeast we have folks from all of the New England States and New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
In the Midwest we’ve got folks from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. I see readers from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and, every once in a while, North Dakota.
In the South we’ve got readers in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and even Washington, D.C. We have folks in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and once in a while Arkansas.
In the West we’ve got folks in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and less frequently somebody from New Mexico clicks in. And on the West Coast California and Washington are well represented and Oregon shows up less frequently.
And we have folks from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Brazil, Argentina, the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Hungary, Czechia, Serbia, Poland, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. Although the numbers are much smaller and many of these places are very infrequent readers.
To my knowledge we’ve never had a reader from North Korea even during President Trump’s attempts at détente. But as long as they can enjoy a joke about Dementia Joe Biden and respect macrophotography as an artform then I see no reason why we couldn’t trade opinions across the interwebs together.
So, I guess you could say that diversity is Orion’s Cold Fire’s strength. But I suspect that in terms of political diversity we may be a little deficient. I remember long ago I had a Bernie Bro reader but I’m not sure he’s still with us. One thing that is interesting I approximate that the ratio of commenters to readers is about 1/30. I’ve never figured out how to increase that numerator. When I do it will make things a lot more lively around here.
So, maybe it’s time to put out a poll and tack it to the main page of the site and find out what people consider to be their political stripe. If I haven’t given you choice that corresponds to your politics feel free to leave it in the comments. Maybe I’ll come up with a few other topical questions to find out the opinions of the readers. And if anyone from the places that I say read less frequently disagrees please leave a note and correct my misconception.