How’m I Doin’, Hey, Hey – June Edition


Hello everybody, this is Bartleby the Scrivener speaking.

After the issues we had closing the books last month, and what with our company metrics taking a downturn, my master asked me to pitch in and help more.  I enthusiastically jumped into the project and put in a lot of overtime.  See, I just came back from “Motivation Training” and then next week I am attending a course on “How To Present Yourself In a Professional Manner” to your customer base.

Abraham arguing with the angels: “Nu, what if it was just 10 good guys?”

Anyhow, for June there is good news and bad news.  First the bad:  For Metric #1, i.e., the page views, compared to May, the number went down from 3,036 to 2,935.  However, for Metric #2, which is the one we care about more, i.e., number of distinct visitors, the number went up, from 1,165 to 1,188.  Okay, by a squeaker, but still!  And my master would be perfectly happy, and would continue doing this project, even for 100 readers, let alone over a thousand!  It’s like that story in the Bible where Abraham bargains with the three angels and gets them to keep lowering the bar on how many good guys can be in a town before these commandos wipe it off the face of the Earth with extreme prejudice.

Before proceeding, the master requests that I add the usual yalensis disclaimer, even though I would prefer not to:

Your Privacy is Important to Me: WordPress calculates who is a distinct person by their I.P. address. It also uses the I.P. address to deduce which country you live in. I myself can’t see I.P. addresses unless you leave a comment. In which case I can see your email address; and from that I COULD look up your I.P. if I were curious, which I am not.

This is yalensis speaking now. Thank you once again for posting the ledger book, Bartleby.   I like your new positive attitude, and I plan to give you a raise and a big promotion.  Some day.

Before posting my usual “Parade of Nations”, this here is my nostalgic and subjective “look-back” to the past month. Looking through my own posts, I want to highlight a few which I think are particularly good, I call this feature

Highlights of the Month

So, here we go, in chronological order:

  • June was distinguished by the fact that I did several multi-parters, starting with the first one, the EnergoAtom story, which I did in four parts.  This is an interesting story, albeit depressing, because it continues the chronicle of the egregious pilfering of an entire nation, aka The Ukraine.  This is an object lesson in what happens when rapacious oligarchs control the government directly and use their positions to loot every form of public property which has any value.  I continue to hammer on this theme of rapacious “privatization”.  Why?  Because I am a hopeless Cassandra.
  • My next story was also a 4-parter, starting here, about Alexander Pushkin’s daughter Tasha,   This one was a change of pace from the horrors of contemporary Ukraine, a story of interest to literature majors and also people interested in this fascinating era of Russian history.
  • Next, my story on the shortage of mesaton, an anesthetic drug, in Russian hospitals.  This one also had a Ukrainian angle, but included some interesting tidbits about the Russian medical system.  I always like to add some additional value to each story that I do, whether it’s a map, some geographical facts, some background information, that’s what distinguishes an essay from just raw translation.
  • Next, my Operation Y story, a two-parter, starting here.  I liked this story, because it motivated me to watch several of the old “Shurik” movies, which I had never seen before.  Those movies are actually really funny, especially if you like slapstick humor.  And nobody can hold a candle to the classic Soviet actors and clowns — those guys were really good at what they did.
  • And then, of course, the series I just finished, the Nikita Belykh series, starting here.  I won’t claim that this is my best Navalny series.  That honor would have to go to my Navalny/Chaika series, from way back in January.  And frankly, Navalny is just not as fascinating as he used to be.  However, I think my Nikita series was good, and I may be the only Anglophone source for Nikita’s Latvian connection, because I didn’t see that bit out there on the Anglophone web, although the rest of the story was covered adequately in Anglophone media.

Be that as it may, it is now time to march on with the

Parade Of Nations

My 1,188 June visitors cranked up their Ham radios and and called in from the following countries, in order of most to least page views. WordPress allows me to save these stats as a CSV file, from which I copy-pasted onto here.

United States 781
United Kingdom 331
Russia 248
Canada 215
New Zealand 202
Australia 177
Germany 163
Romania 87
Mexico 60
France 58
Brazil 48
Czech Republic 42
Netherlands 37
Sweden 35
Finland 31
Vietnam 28
South Korea 22
Taiwan 21
Spain 19
Serbia 19
Ukraine 19
Italy 18
Norway 17
Denmark 14
South Africa 14
Belgium 13
India 12
Poland 12
Ireland 11
Lithuania 11
Estonia 11
Turkey 11
Switzerland 11
Hungary 8
Bosnia & Herzegovina 8
Bulgaria 7
Japan 6
Slovenia 6
Singapore 6
Argentina 6
Philippines 6
Malaysia 6
Egypt 5
Slovakia 5
Latvia 5
United Arab Emirates 5
Kenya 4
Georgia 4
Austria 4
Greece 3
Macedonia 3
Thailand 3
Indonesia 3
Israel 3
Hong Kong SAR China 3
Luxembourg 2
Pakistan 2
Zimbabwe 2
Chile 2
Albania 1
Haiti 1
Bangladesh 1
Colombia 1
Nepal 1
Tunisia 1
Jersey 1
Oman 1
Portugal 1
Moldova 1
Croatia 1
Barbados 1
Libya 1
Myanmar (Burma) 1
Venezuela 1
Seychelles 1
Algeria 1

People: Thank you for visiting my blog, and please come back, y’all! (Everybody except you, Olex, and you know who you are!)

Sincerely yours,


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4 Responses to How’m I Doin’, Hey, Hey – June Edition

  1. Lyttenburgh says:

    Well, always look on the bright side of life! If you compare this with the data from the past 3 months you will notice that:

    – The number of Ukrainian visitors is up from 11-12 per month to 19! And this is clear peremoga.

    – Russian visitors now not 4th or 5th most numerous – they have won the “bronze” of the 3rd place!

    – Your number of the US visitors grows by leaps and bounds each month.

    So, keep calm and carry on, yalensis!


    • yalensis says:

      Thank you for your kind encouragement, Lyttenburgh. The statistics always tell the true story.
      And these statistics show a clear combination of zrada and peremoga, all at once!

      Now I must rush off and give the encouragement to my minion Bartleby. His mood goes up and down from elation to depression. Sometimes in the course of a single minute!


  2. Jen says:

    You seem to be doing very well for what’s still a fairly new blog. As long as you are happy with the numbers of visits and visitors, and you don’t feel pressured to keep delivering posts in order to maintain the numbers, your blog looks pretty busy to me.


    • yalensis says:

      Thanks, Jen. I am very happy with the number of visitors, I just like to joke around sometimes. The “metrics” thing is just part of my shtik.
      And no, I don’t feel any pressure to deliver posts, I only write when I feel like it. But I feel like it often, because there is so much interesting material out there! And I truly enjoy writing.
      It was in my plans when I started this blog, that the posts would be short and easily digestible, and that I would try to deliver something, if not every day, then at least every other day. But I don’t feel any pressure. How could I, since I don’t get paid to do this?

      Also, that’s one of the reasons I decided to call it “Awful Avalanche” because it would be like just a veritable avalanche of frequent postings — that, plus the “Avalanche” thing is also an inside joke between me and my mom. Because every time I would go off skiing, she would get scared and warn me, “Watch out for the avalanches!” Not understanding that I only ski on groomed trails, where the danger of an avalanche is practically zero. There is significantly more danger of slipping on bare or icy patches, which I have done from time to time, much to my personal discomfort.


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