College sports fans debate endlessly about a supposed East Coast bias among sports writers and polls. Most recently, this issue was raised in connection with the omission of the University of Southern California from the so-called “national championship” football game. As a Midwesterner, I feel obliged to expose the East Coast bias of Times & Seasons.
Over the past few weeks, I have been casually following the time zone distribution of visitors to Times & Seasons, shown graphically below. (Our Site Meter keeps track of this and many other interesting statistics.) Although the majority of U.S. Mormons live far west of the Mississippi, over 40% of our visitors hail from the eastern time zone. This has been fairly consistent over the time I have been watching, even though the number of visitors shows a fairly consistent pattern of growth. Although a large Chilean readership would also explain this pattern, it appears to me that we are read most widely in the eastern United States. Since our entire readership has been developed “word of mouth,” I wonder why we would see this sort of distribution.
P.S. Special greetings to our European, Asian, and Australian (not refelcted in this most recent graph) readers!