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

Dear Readers:

Well, it’s time to close the books on January.  All in all, January 2018 was a good month for the Awful Avalanche Marketing and Critical Content team, pictured here in all their buff glory:

Okay, so technically Page Views went down – from 7,488 (December) to 6,159. But that’s okay, because the number of Distinct Visitors, the metric I care about more, went up, from  3,446 to 3,507. A few more readers here and there, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you!  (Except for that one guy, who I don’t like….)

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:

  • My first real post for January was this human-interest piece involving Ukrainians and trains.  It was somewhat popular and was picked up by Johnson’s Russia List, probably because it was a straight translation piece.
  • Next I started this long 6-part series, which maybe wasn’t as popular (because it’s just dry old history), but I think was pretty good.  It’s a review of a piece by Dmitry Lyskov, who attempts to set the record straight about the Russian Revolution and Civil War.  Speaking of which, I may just do another one of his oeuvres in February, this time taking up the issue about the number of Russians killed in the (Russian) Civil War.
  • This 3-parter on American-Kazakhstan relations.  It’s all about the Great Game, of course!
  • Next, my marketing team came up with the idea for getting people to click on this piece, due to the sensationalistic headline about female reporters being forced to take off their blouses!  Response was mild, showing a jaded public seeking bigger thrills than that.
  • In which case, yes, I went there, with this 4-parter on gay marriage in Russia (or its lack thereof).  Reader interest picked up.  And with that, I closed the month.

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 3,507 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:

United States 3574
Canada 404
United Kingdom 309
Australia 197
Russia 145
Germany 122
New Zealand 121
Indonesia 106
France 93
Netherlands 72
Romania 67
Ukraine 57
Finland 50
Hungary 48
Spain 47
Poland 42
Mexico 38
Italy 35
India 34
Sweden 31
South Africa 29
Switzerland 27
Ireland 26
Philippines 25
Singapore 24
Japan 21
Croatia 21
Israel 20
Turkey 18
Austria 16
Malaysia 16
Belgium 16
Denmark 13
Norway 13
South Korea 13
Czech Republic 12
United Arab Emirates 12
Serbia 11
Latvia 11
Brazil 10
Estonia 9
Greece 9
Hong Kong SAR China 9
European Union 9
Vietnam 8
Slovenia 8
Thailand 8
Kenya 7
Azerbaijan 6
Trinidad & Tobago 6
Nigeria 6
Qatar 6
Lithuania 5
Chile 5
Portugal 5
Pakistan 5
Argentina 4
Bulgaria 4
Armenia 4
Peru 4
Taiwan 4
Slovakia 4
Venezuela 3
Morocco 3
Mongolia 3
Ghana 3
Costa Rica 2
Panama 2
Saudi Arabia 2
Jordan 2
Mauritius 2
Georgia 2
Libya 2
Monaco 2
Algeria 1
Guinea 1
Egypt 1
Iceland 1
Dominica 1
Kuwait 1
Moldova 1
Tanzania 1
Palestinian Territories 1
Uruguay 1
Iraq 1
Togo 1
Fiji 1
China 1
Paraguay 1
Brunei 1
Bangladesh 1
Ethiopia 1
Cambodia 1
Somalia 1
Sri Lanka 1
Sierra Leone 1
Angola 1
Belarus 1
Malta 1
Turks & Caicos Islands 1
Namibia 1
Botswana 1
Cyprus 1
Grenada 1
Jamaica 1
Guatemala 1
Zambia 1


Thanks for visiting my blog!

Sincerely yours,

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