Foreword editor THT September edition 2017

Every time an accident happens in the nearby mountains, our website gets visited from all corners of the world. It´s actually sad that this type of news is read more than some of the other interesting content we have on offer; however, this is understandable. Most of our followers have been to Huaraz, probably
liked the place, and like to get up to date with what´s going on. Google Analytics gives an interesting insight into which articles or pages are read most by the visitors of our website. Hatun Machay proves to be a very interesting topic this year as three out of the ten most read articles concern the (piteous downfall of the) rock forest. The updates on the road conditions during the first three months of this year also proved to be of much interest. Interestingly, one of the most read articles since the launch of our newspaper is the brichero article we published back in 2012, for which we got into a lot of trouble at the time.

In terms of location, the majority of our visitors are web surfers who are located within Peru (46.61%), although this doesn’t mean that these people are Peruvian. Almost a quarter (24.11%) of our visitors are from the United States then follow the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and, interestingly Germany. It’s pleasing to see that our web traffic increases every year and although web behaviour is important, so is the feedback we get from readers. This space is too small to share all of the feedback we received this year, so I would like to pick out just one comment we received from a Canadian reader.

This particular reader informed us that he picked up our July edition earlier this year in a local hotel and found it very pleasing to read a bit more about the city of Huaraz. It was a big surprise to him that Huaraz offered an English language newspaper. We received a couple of recommendations in terms of layout but also a huge compliment for our content. Although we have only published three printed editions this year, I believe that those were absolutely great editions. It´s sometimes hard to find the right people to interview but the likes of Víctor Rímac Trejo, César Augusto Portocarrero Rodríguez, Tana Mejía, César Morales Arnao and Víctor Ramos all proved us right. All had some interesting thoughts and stories to share, and we believe our paper is the right place to provide this space.

The last type of feedback we are willing to share in this editorial is about the expat interviews. We have now interviewed 21 expats who are (or were) living in the Huaraz area, and the articles have proved popular with readers. The idea behind the series is to ask our interviewees the same 13 questions every month, but because these people are from different countries, have different backgrounds, are different ages, work in different sectors and have a diverse point of view on life in Huaraz; these articles appear to be very entertaining to read.

Please keep sending us your feedback and thanks a bunch for reading us (again)!

Best wishes,

Rex Broekman

(Founder and editor in chief)

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