I'm starting to notice a disturbing trend since my return to active blogging (after a 13-month hiatus, I've been blogging again for about six weeks), and I'm wondering if other book bloggers are noticing the same thing. Simply put, the source of a good percentage of my blog traffic has shifted from Western Europe to countries known for most of the malicious hacking that goes on in the world today. And that (while maybe it shouldn't) makes me a little nervous.
Prior to my time away from the blog, the majority of my visitors came from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, France, Australia, and India (pretty much in that order of magnitude). But since my return in October, while I still get visits from all the previous countries on a regular basis, the Ukraine, China, Russia, and Poland have moved into the top six or seven countries from which my visitors come. I have to wonder if many of these are just hackers looking for a way to mine usable information from the blog.
Should I be concerned? Would you be? What could they possibly get from hacking into a blog since the blog is hosted on an outside server and not on my home computer network?
As you can see, I have more questions than answers. I would welcome your input, guys.