Hello everybody, this is Bartleby Senior Scrivener and Staffing Consultant once again delivering the monthly metrics to you, our Readers and Investors (of your precious time). Without further ado, here are the raw metrics for August, as compared to July:
For Metric #1, i.e., the page views, compared to July, the number went up from 3,254 to 3,902. For Metric #2, which is the one we care about more, i.e., number of distinct visitors, the number also went up, from 1,295 to 1,742.
Before proceeding further, our staff of Consulting Analysts 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. Now once and for all will you PLEASE LEAVE!
Before posting my usual “Parade of Nations”, this here is my nostalgic trip down memory lane. In which I narcissistically “look-back” through my own posts of the last month, self-assess them, and highlight a few which I think are particularly good, I call this feature:
Highlights of the Month
So, here we go, in chronological order:
- Well, for starters, how about my 3-part piece on the South China Sea shenanigans? This was an interesting story, and engaged one of my commenters, Ryan Ward, who is a specialist in this part of the world.
- Then, starting with this Liliya Bolbat piece, there was a series of posts on Ukrainian issues, mostly touching on the safety, or lack thereof, of Ukrainian dissidents and journalists. And Liliya is actually far from being a dissident, but in retrospect perhaps she was too damned outspoken when she objected to the volunteer militia’s gang rape of an under-aged girl.
- My only foray into Olympic news: a couple of pieces on the Yuliya Efimova story. I might have started off with the standard pro-Russian view of Yulia as the Cinderella-like victim of the Ugly American; but, to my credit, I quickly saw that the cat-fight between Yulia and Lilly King was not quite as simplistic as that. Elite athletes are their own world unto themselves, and nations should not necessarily invest patriotic energy into their exploits, nor their feuds.
- Next, a piece on the pleasant topic of female circumcision in Dagestan. If I was able to raise the consciousness of even one person, to the effect that Mufti is an asshole, then I succeeded in my intent.
- And last but not least, as King Lear used to say, before he was thrown out into the doghouse, my 2-parter on the Ukrainian historian Miroslava Berdnik. And again stimulated some discussion, and exposing still more people as assholes. (Not Miroslava, she seems like the real deal.) And by the way, this piece was the second most popular in receiving views in August, second only to my older piece, “Who Stole 143 Tons of Gold?” which continues to receive more views than anything else, month after month, even though I wrote it way back in January.
Be that as it may, it is now time to march on with the
Parade Of Nations
My 1,742 August visitors tied clickety messages to their pigeons feets and flew 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, and by the way the numbers add up to 3,899 not 3,902, so I don’t know what’s up with what, but it’s close enough for non-paid labor:
|United Arab Emirates||17|
|Hong Kong SAR China||4|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||2|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||2|
People: Thank you for visiting my blog, be safe out there, and please come back!