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

Dear Readers:

Well, it’s 2018 now, who knew the human race would even survive this long, given the way we’ve been acting recently.  Anyow, here comes my closing of the month ritual, 3 days later this time, due to my latest chef d’oeuvre running overtime and over budget!  Well, what can I say, Ukrainian politics is always a complicated thing, in any epoch of history.

December was a good month for the Awful Avalanche team, and not just because Ded Morozko and his sweet little granddaughter Snegurochka, brought us a lot of goodies — such as trays of sunflower seeds and several fat pigs to cut up for sausages!

Okay, so technically Page Views went down – from  8,395 (November) to 7,488 (December).  But that’s okay, becaue the number of Distinct Visitors, the metric I care about more, went up, from 3,420 to 3,446.  That means a few more readers onboard, which is always nice thing for a niche market such as this.

Yearly Closing

Okay, so what about the year as a whole?  I just figured out how to do the WordPress stats on a yearly basis.  Looks like I started this blog in 2015, although I don’t remember exactly which month.  For the entire year 2015 I got 11,603 page views and 2,599 distinct visitors.

For the year 2016 I got 45,900 page views and 18,914 distinct visitors.

For the year 2017 I got 65,148 page views and 29,135 distinct visitors.

I think that’s awesome, and I would like to thank my dedicated Sales and Marketing Team!  Whose names I don’t quite remember now, as there has been a lot of turnover.  To the best of my recollection, it’s Hester Prynne and that big fat fish Moby Dick.  Or something like that.

Next: 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:

  • December continued my long-running Chase/Trotsky series, finally concluding with this post.  If you click on this link, it contains within it the links to all the previous segments, for those starting this saga from the beginning.  As I mentioned before, the popularity of this series came as a surprise even to me, as it started mostly as a vanity project.  In other words, to slake my own curiosity as to that period of Russian and American history.  But apparently a lot of other people found this interesting as well!
  • Following close on Trotsky’s heels, I had Lyttenburgh, with his masterful disembowelling of American pop culture, with its persistent anti-Russia thematic.
  • Then a fluff piece about one of my favorite veteran Russian figure skaters, Tatiana Navka.
  • This piece about Russia’s denizens of the Far North, and the unimaginably tough but always fascinating lives they live.
  • And then ending the month, and even spilling over into the New Year, this piece on Ukrainian history of the year 1917, and dual interpretations thereof.

But now it is time for that Pomp and Circumstance that everybody has been waiting for: Time to march on with the

Parade Of Nations

My 3,446  December 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 States 4704
Canada 456
Russia 372
United Kingdom 262
Australia 164
Germany 151
New Zealand 112
Greece 79
France 69
Poland 67
Sweden 67
Hungary 67
Mexico 62
Finland 59
India 45
Romania 45
Netherlands 44
Ukraine 36
Spain 35
Belgium 33
South Africa 30
Italy 27
Turkey 24
Ireland 19
Brazil 18
Malaysia 18
European Union 17
Croatia 16
Norway 13
Switzerland 13
Latvia 13
Denmark 12
Libya 12
Austria 11
South Korea 11
Philippines 11
Hong Kong SAR China 11
Japan 11
Vietnam 10
United Arab Emirates 10
Estonia 9
Indonesia 9
Czech Republic 9
Oman 8
Pakistan 8
Nigeria 8
Singapore 8
Israel 8
Bulgaria 7
Thailand 7
Cyprus 7
Sri Lanka 7
Egypt 7
Argentina 7
Belarus 6
Slovenia 6
Serbia 6
Georgia 5
Taiwan 5
Ghana 5
Lithuania 5
Kenya 5
Kuwait 5
Ethiopia 5
Bangladesh 4
Bahamas 4
Angola 3
Trinidad & Tobago 3
Bosnia & Herzegovina 3
Fiji 3
Zimbabwe 3
Macedonia 3
Chile 2
Saudi Arabia 2
Azerbaijan 2
Moldova 2
Morocco 2
Montenegro 2
Jamaica 2
Tunisia 2
Gambia 2
Mauritius 2
Bolivia 2
Costa Rica 2
Iraq 1
Malta 1
Uruguay 1
Guatemala 1
Peru 1
Mongolia 1
Albania 1
Afghanistan 1
Panama 1
Greenland 1
Paraguay 1
Armenia 1
Namibia 1
Uzbekistan 1
El Salvador 1
Uganda 1
Belize 1
Monaco 1
China 1
Algeria 1
Lebanon 1
Bhutan 1
Palestinian Territories 1
St. Lucia 1
Isle of Man 1

Y’all thanks for visiting my blog!

Sincerely yours,


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