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

Dear Readers:

So, it is March 1, almost spring.  They say that April is the cruelest month, but my money is on March.  It comes in like a … well, it can’t even figure out what kind of animal it is!

Anyhow, it is time to close the books on February.  My marketing team are frantically doing the backstroke like flies in a bowl of soup, trying to explain to me why “sales” are down.  Starting with the fact that February is the shortest month, if not the cruelest month; and lecturing me that lengthy opera reviews do not attract a mass audience!  I riposte by telling them to shut up and do their jobs.  Find a way to make classical opera more glamorous!

Oh, and by the way, next month I plan to post a 20-part book review of Moby Dick.  It’s basically the term paper I never turned in at school, for my American Lit class.  The report is from the point of view of a Safety Inspector detailing all those objects and procedures of the Pequod which he reckons to be a hazard and require corrective action…  But I have already given up too much the plot of my masterpiece…

Anyhow, as compared to January, in February Page Views went down – from 6,159 to 5,371.  The number of Distinct Visitors also went down, from  3,507 to 2,953.  But I appreciate each and every Visitor, it goes without saying!

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:

  • As mentioned, most of February was taken up with my 5-part review of the opera Tosca at the Met.  Speaking of which, Opera Lovers watch out for my upcoming review of the new Semiramide production, it looks to be a corker!  (The opera, that is, not necessarily my review; but I will attempt to do a good job with it.)
  • Next there was this 2-part series on the Ukrainian economy.  It was pretty good, I think, and got picked up by Johnson’s List.
  • Next, I delved into Olympic Figure Skating, with this piece.  The main issue being the trials and tribulations of Russian athletes, being treated like outcasts at the Olympics, and yet still striving to perform at their best.  The story featured skating prodigy Alina Zagitova.
  • The issue of Gay Marriage always pulls in readers, so that was a good piece of bait for this otherwise serious historical piece, involving some arcane rules of the Russian Orthodox Church.
  • A cute animal story about a hungry fox, a hard-working ice fisherman, and a pun on the word “smelt” —  Would have been an Aesop’s Tale, except that the fisherman was good-natured, and the fox was polite.  No bad guys in this tale.
  • Returning to Figure Skating, with another Zagitova story, this time she being harassed by WADA (World Anti-Doping Association) bureaucrats, whose motive appeared to be depriving this contender of valuable practice ice time.  Jumping ahead a week, Zagitova was to go on to win the Gold Medal, thus proving that she has True Grit.
  • And still more Zagitova, just can’t get enough Zagitova!
  • From the Sublime to the Ugly:  February came in like a nightingale and left like a pig, with this 4-parter about a certain corrupt Ukrainian politician.

But now, putting aside both pleasant and unpleasant things, it is time for that Pomp and Circumstance that everybody has been waiting for: Time to march on with the

Parade Of Nations

My 2,953 February 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 2680
Canada 410
United Kingdom 282
New Zealand 257
Russia 241
Australia 221
Germany 90
Netherlands 63
Finland 59
France 55
Romania 54
Sweden 48
Switzerland 46
Philippines 45
Estonia 44
Hungary 39
Czech Republic 38
Ukraine 37
Croatia 35
India 30
Mexico 30
Italy 29
Norway 29
Turkey 25
Poland 25
Brazil 25
South Africa 23
Japan 22
Malaysia 20
Singapore 18
Libya 18
Ireland 16
Slovakia 16
Serbia 15
Spain 14
United Arab Emirates 14
Belarus 13
Indonesia 13
Curaçao 13
Slovenia 12
Belgium 11
Lithuania 10
Bulgaria 10
Austria 10
Nigeria 9
Pakistan 9
Georgia 9
Ghana 8
Greece 8
Israel 6
South Korea 5
Latvia 5
Thailand 5
Saudi Arabia 5
Bosnia & Herzegovina 5
Cyprus 4
Portugal 4
European Union 4
Iceland 4
Denmark 4
Montenegro 4
Argentina 3
Venezuela 3
Cambodia 3
Macedonia 3
Hong Kong SAR China 3
Albania 3
Tanzania 3
Lebanon 3
Vietnam 2
Bangladesh 2
Egypt 2
Moldova 2
Dominican Republic 2
Oman 2
Armenia 2
Chile 1
Bahrain 1
Jamaica 1
Colombia 1
Guam 1
Caribbean Netherlands 1
Mauritius 1
Ecuador 1
Taiwan 1
Bolivia 1
Uzbekistan 1
Madagascar 1
Gibraltar 1
Kazakhstan 1
Tunisia 1
Luxembourg 1
Costa Rica 1
Morocco 1
Zimbabwe 1
Nepal 1

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Sincerely yours,

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