Are people that live in the Mountain Time Zone region less cultured than the rest of the country? According to the traffic stats from my blog and other culture blogs, they rarely comprise more than 5 percent of my daily traffic…
Chart 1 illustrates the typical break down of traffic to my site based on time zones. As you can see, Eastern Time and Central Time share equal percentages and Pacific Time usually hovers around 15-20 percent. Even European time zones visit this blog more often than people from Mountain Time. But why?
Of course, the population in Mountain Time is smaller than the rest of the country but this site doesn’t generate traffic in the tens of millions so I don’t think population difference should have that much impact. But then there’s the fact that Mountain Time Zone areas have less orchestras than the other three time zones. I think that might have more to do with the disproportionate statistics.
The only times I’ve noticed mountain Time to rise higher than 5 percent is when articles are published which deal directly with something in that time zone (such past articles about the NMSO or Bennett, Colorado).
However, it does appear that the Mountain Time Zone residents tend to care about culture in general far les than other times zones (perhaps that’s why Bennett, Colorado experienced their problems).
Another very popular blogger here at Arts Journal with four times the traffic that this blog produces has so few Mountain Time Zone visitors that it doesn’t even register on their stats. Chart 2 illustrates that not only is Mountain Time at zero percent, but time zones in Europe and Asia generate more traffic.
I’m not certain what all of this proves assuming it has anything to prove at all. But the umbers are they, and they don’t lie. Apparently, people living in Mountain Time don’t have as much interest in cultural topics as their counterparts in the rest of the country.
Postscript: I do have to add that even though I don’t receive as much email from residents in Mountain Time Zone areas, their letters are just as engaging and passionate as those from anywhere else.