Greetings, Dear Readers, this is John Claggart from “Billy Budd”.
This was my first month at “Awful Avalanche”, but after bringing some much-needed discipline to this team of amateurs, I am thrilled to announce that company metrics have finally taken an upswing.
In other news, Bartleby the Scrivener is back at his old post. Bartleby will continue to collate and scrive the metrics, but his supervisor, Roderick Usher, will be double-checking the numbers for accuracy. Roderick is very excited about assuming this new position.
Neither of them gets paid anything, by the way. Nor do I, but at least I am allowed to beat them ferociously every morning, which is a cool job perk.
Be that as it may, we are having a whale of a time here, so let’s get right to the numbers.
For Metric #1, i.e., the page views, compared to December, the number went up from 4,531 to 4,860.
For Metric #2, which is the one we care about more, i.e., number of distinct visitors, the number also went up, from 1,841 to 2,246.
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, Claggart and Roderick. I just spoke to Claggart’s boss, Captain “Starry” Vere, and Starry is very excited about the numbers this month.
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:
- On January 6 I posted this piece about Ukrainian guest workers organizing trade unions in Poland. In all of the controversies and hoopla surrounding the issue of migration, it is important to keep in mind that most migrants are just regular people in search of a job. Put yourself in their shoes: You would do the same thing. And, paradoxically, the best way to keep migration in check is to organize trade unions. Seriously.
- On January 10 I posted this piece, with new revelations by Crimean Anti-Corruption Crusader Alexander Talipov. This time his target was Avtodor. The expose was, as Ostap Bender might say, “a classic of the genre”.
- Turning to the cultural sphere, I posted this piece about the latest Eurovision gossip. I try to do at least one Eurovision story each month, because I know that this irritates the haters.
- After that I dived (or is that “dove”?) into the world of Big Politics with this 4-parter on the Trump sex-politics-spy scandal, aka, “Who is going to pay for that new mattress?”
- Followed by what I think is my greatest (and longest) piece ever — this 6-part series on Lenin’s mummification.
- After that it was all downhill, until I hooked my teeth into Diaspora Doctor Death Ulana Suprun, here and then here.
And now for that Pomp and Circumstance that everybody has been waiting for: It is time to march on with the
Parade Of Nations
My 2,246 January visitors hail 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 Arab Emirates||33|
|St. Kitts & Nevis||9|
|Hong Kong SAR China||2|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||2|
|Isle of Man||1|
Thanks for visiting my blog, folks!