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

Greetings, Dear Readers, this is Roderick Usher.  My associate Bartleby the Scrivener called in sick this morning, no doubt having imbibed too much “flip” on New Year’s Eve, and thus leaving me to tally our month-end statistics for December 2016.

Bartleby defected to the competition.

Oh, and Happy New Year, by the way.  Yawn.

Suspiciously, my colleague had taking to reading some of the comments which go into the spam filter every day.  I personally just delete them without reading, except for the ones inviting me to a “psychic phone reading”.  Those I pay attention to, because I am still attempting to contact my dear sister Madeline from the grave.  But I have reason to suspect Bartleby of heeding the flattery inherent in many of these spam messages, e.g., “Dear Web Administrator:  Your site is well-designed and your [un-named] post really made me think….”  Bartleby may have gotten enticed into thinking that he is an actual web-scrivener, and not just a piece of office plankton around here.  Hence, I suspect he has run off to join one of our competitors such as the “Egregious Earthquake” website; or perhaps “Lousy Landfall”, in the hopes that his dubious skillset can be of some use to these people.

Roderick delivers the metrics.

Be that as it may, let’s get to the metrics.  As my school chum “Billy Budd” used to say, as he was being dragged off to the hangman’s noose:  “There is good news and bad news!”

The good news:  For Metric #1, i.e., the page views, compared to November, the number went up from 4,509 to 4,531.

The bad news: For Metric #2, which is the one we care about more, i.e., number of distinct visitors, the number went down, from 2,246 to 1,841.

But, remember folks, this was not just a month-end, but also a year-end closing.  Hence, let us take a look at the entire year of 2016, and the metric looks like this:

  • Number of page views = 45,900
  • Number of distinct visitors = 18,914

All in all, I would say that 2016 was a good year for a niche site such as “Awful Avalanche”.   Because, as Ship Captain The Honorable Edward Fairfax Vere used to say, as he was drawing the ligature around the neck of my old school chum, “You have to look at the big picture, son.”  In other words, not at random month-by-month fluctuations, but at the entire long-term trend.  Hence, hip-hip-hurrah for Captain Starry Vere!  (yawn…)

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without ETA Hoffmann

Next on today’s agenda: the usual yalensis disclaimer:

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 for posting the ledger book, Roderick. Happy New Year to you and your very strange and spooky family!

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:

  • Probably my highlight for the whole month was this 6-parter about recent Russian history and the Yeltsinite plot to disband the Soviet KGB.
  • I followed this with another long one, this 4-part story about a son-of-a kulak and his attempt to bring down the Russian government by resurrecting the ghosts of 1937.  I chose to frame the story as a series of Aesopian fables, but the key question remains:  Is Russian society always to be divided into Reds vs Whites?  Is there no hope for reconciliation?  Sadly, no.
  • After these more serious pieces, I wrote a movie review of a ripping good space yarn, in which the Russian characters, miraculously, were not portrayed as the bad guys;
  • Followed by a review of the Bolshoi ballet “Nutcracker“.  Well, it is Christmas season after all, and Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a creepy E.T.A. Hoffmann story about a sweet little 7-year-old girl who tries to escape from her dreadful family by running off with a household appliance.
  • After the ballet I ventured into Latvian politics with this diatribe.  And, no, I didn’t go for the cheap shot about the SS Waffen marches, fascism is actually a lot more subtle than just that.
  • And then my piece on the Ukraine-Israel spat at the UN.  I personally didn’t think this piece was much to write home about, but it did generate some reader interest and some comments, which is always nice.
  • And, last but not least, I just finished another foray into Russian history, with my 2-part series on the Rasputin murder.  Again, I didn’t go for the cheap shot by describing how this peasant lothario was poisoned and shot, like a million times, before finally sucumbing to the cold water of the Neva River.  Instead, I kept everything on the up and up, while accusing the great nation of England of a dreadful history of assassinating Russian political figures and diplomats!

But now let us put all that bitterness and divisive history aside, everybody grab your batons and line up in your proper places — it’s time to march on with the

Parade Of Nations

My 1,841 December visitors hailed 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. So, voilà once again:


United States 1634
United Kingdom 508
Australia 379
Canada 377
Russia 341
New Zealand 259
Germany 121
Finland 72
France 55
Ireland 51
United Arab Emirates 45
Mexico 37
Romania 36
Hungary 35
Czech Republic 32
South Africa 29
India 28
Japan 27
Netherlands 26
Switzerland 24
Ukraine 21
Turkey 20
Sweden 19
Spain 17
Norway 17
Israel 16
Italy 15
Denmark 14
Indonesia 13
Slovakia 13
European Union 13
Serbia 11
Vietnam 11
Singapore 10
Saudi Arabia 10
Austria 9
Bulgaria 9
Latvia 8
Philippines 8
Kenya 8
Greece 7
Poland 7
Belgium 7
Malaysia 7
Libya 7
Pakistan 6
Algeria 6
Brazil 6
Georgia 5
Nigeria 4
Taiwan 4
Portugal 4
Estonia 4
Croatia 4
Hong Kong SAR China 4
China 3
Venezuela 3
Oman 3
Lithuania 3
Costa Rica 2
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2
Slovenia 2
Zimbabwe 2
Nepal 2
Sri Lanka 2
Iraq 2
South Korea 2
Aruba 2
Qatar 2
Thailand 2
Lebanon 2
Morocco 2
Jordan 2
Ghana 2
Mongolia 2
Montenegro 1
Uruguay 1
Tanzania 1
Maldives 1
Kazakhstan 1
Trinidad & Tobago 1
Albania 1
Zambia 1
Guernsey 1
Moldova 1
Egypt 1
Bermuda 1
Honduras 1
Luxembourg 1
Belize 1
Uzbekistan 1
Kuwait 1
Chile 1
Uganda 1
Réunion 1
South Sudan 1
Paraguay 1

Humans Of this Planet: Thank you for visiting my blog, please come back, and please post some comments!  (Just not you spammers with your psychic phone readings and viagra ads and the like!)
Sincerely yours,

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