Well here I am again, a day late and a dollar short. There have been some changes in my management team, so first off I have to explain why I had to fire those two adorable moppets Little Eva and Topsy. Yes, I was forced to send those two brats back to their villa at Lake Pontchartrain! Instead of racking up more page hits for me, they were spending all their time (it turns out) cutting up Aunt Ophelia’s bonnets in order to sew little doll jackets. This is the main explanation why “sales” were down last month.
The position of Chief Overseer of Awful Avalanche is now up for grabs. Main job requirement: it must be a known character from classic American literature. And yes, Whales can apply too, I am an equal-opportunity employer. Please note that there is no salary involved, we all work pro bono here. In other words, we all work for this guy named Bono…
Currently, I have two applicants: Commander John Claggart (from “Billy Budd”) wants his old job back, with a kind of “I told you so” sneer on his face. But there is a new candidate too: Simon Legree from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Simon has a can-do type of attitude that I like; but people warn me about his irrational outbursts and superstitiousness. For example, Simon is convinced that the attic of his plantation manor is haunted by ghosts. Personally, I just think it’s his two quadroon mistresses, Cassie and Emmeline, playing “gas-light” type tricks on his mind. Either way, this is a mark on the negative side of Simon’s ledger. As a job candidate, I mean.
Be that as it may,
Without further ado or cliché:
Here are the closing-month metrics: Page Views went down – from 4,779 in May to 3,803 in June. Number of Distinct Number of visitors also went down, from 1,890 to 1,759. Sadly we are getting into French-and-Indian War type numbers. On the bright side, 1759 was the year in which was born the great English abolitionist, William Williamforce. A force for good if ever such a force there was.
Despite seasonal fluctuations in the numbers, I am overall very happy with the progress of my blog. My series on Russian ballet garnered a respectable number of readers, especially considering that this is just a niche market within a niche market. My numbers tend to pick up when I do more “red-meat” type stories, like Syria or the Ukraine.
On the positive side of the ledger: Several of my posts get routinely picked up now by Johnson’s Russia List. Which I consider a great honor, especially since what I do is not strictly translation. My shtick is more like review and commentary. Either way, I am happy to have new readers! And now for my standard 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.
Next: 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:
- We started the month of June with Lyttenburgh’s excellent and very thought-provoking post on the Deep State.
- I posted this 2-part series on the “Hamlet of the Arbat” case, in which Komsomolskaya Pravda interviewed the family of the child in what could have been an explosive political case for the Russian police.
- Then this 2-parter on a routine Balto-Slavic catfight, with some detours into Lithuanian folklore. Turned out to be quite a snakey piece!
- Next this 3-parter on the Syria war, based on a Krutikov piece in VZGLIAD. Several of Krutikov’s prognoses have turned out to be right on target, with ISIS fleeing the battleground, and American “advisors” left in a state of deep disarray.
- And closing the month with my mammoth 9-part post on Russian ballet. Again, this is a niche within a niche. But what most people don’t realize is that Russian ballet is the canary in the coalmine, it’s the litmus paper of the Russian situation, it’s the…. oh, never mind! Just go back and read it!
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 1,759 June 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.:
|United Arab Emirates||25|
|Trinidad & Tobago||3|
|Hong Kong SAR China||3|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||1|
Thanks to all y’alls for visiting my blog, folks!