Welcome to the month of October! In my part of the world there will be hayrides and haunted mansions where ghosts and clowns egregiously spring out at one. Not to mention foliage tours, where tourists can marvel at the magical powers of trees.
Perceptive readers with a good memory will recall, that Yours Truly spent a goodly chunk of both August and September on holiday, and therefore was not in a position (no wi-fi most of the time!) to post my usual month-closing statistics for August. As promised, here be a double feature which take care of dat business for both August and September. Due to the volume of breaking news which needs to be addressed in real time, I will skip my usual monthly features of the “Standard Disclaimer”, the “Stroll Down Memory Lane” and the “Parade of Nations”. Just the numbers, ma’am, just the numbers. Sorry for the disappointment. But returning next month to my usual razzmatazz. But for now, just a quickie, truncated, abbreviated stub of a post:
So here goes: Despite my absence for much of the time, August was a successful month. Moral of the story: I need to take more holidays! Despite the fact that, as compared with July, in August my Page Views went down – from 6,334 to 6,321 (a minor blip on the radar), my number of Distinct Visitors went up, from 3,095 to 3,505. Yay!
September, however, was a big fat disappointment. As compared to August, my Page Views went down – from 6,321 to 5,425. My number of Distinct Visitors also went down – from 3,505 to 2,942. Oh, to be sure, there was a brief spike of readers and visitors when I did the Zakharchenko assassination story, but then readership fell off, with a big yawn, when I started doing the stories on religion and the Big Schism in the Orthodox Church.
Sorry folks, I know that religion is terribly boring, but this particular story is actually important from a geopolitical standpoint, and I will continue to follow it, no matter what you think – so there! (And I thank Yahweh that I have a good day job and don’t have to rely on the limited attention span of Philistines to support me.)
Having said that, I thank my Readers gratefully for any attention you can spare, I bid you’all adieu for now, and hereby dive back into the fray of the Russophile blogosphere to review some important breaking stories!