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

Dear Readers:

“Are you in compliance with our glorious standards?”

I can’t believe it’s November already!  Which means it is time for me to close out the month of October.  For those who wonder why I bother to do this every month, it’s a requirement of my Reptilian Overlords on Regulus V, they have very strict reporting and compliance standards for their captive bloggers.

So, without further ado, here goes:  As  compared with September, in October my Page Views went up – from 5,425 to 5,857. My number of Distinct Visitors also went up, from 2.942 to 3,034.  Those numbers are about par for me, and I am very happy and grateful that there are people out there who actually read my posts!

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:

    • I started off the month of October with this series about the Salaspils concentration camp in Latvia.
    • A bit later there was another Nazi-themed series about the Sobibor camp.
    • Putting Nazis aside for a more pleasant topic, namely opera:  I posted a review of the Metropolitan opera’s new production of Aida, starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko in the title role.
    • The following morning, after waking up from a visionary dream (inspired by the Egyptian God Sutekh), I posted what I believe is my best post ever, and possibly even my legacy if and when I die:  Namely a happy-ending Epilogue to the Aida story!  See, one of my hobbies is to rewrite tragic endings into happy endings.  But the ending has to be realistic and believable, not just some Deus ex Machina, like Mozart’s Idomeneus.  And I believe I achieved that goal, with my Aida re-write.
    • After such a triumph, one would think I would never need to write another word.  But no…  The Church Schism in the Orthodox world was of sufficient importance to wake me out of my slumber again and force me to post this series on the Bandero-Byzantine machinations and various other geopolitical shenanigans.
    • Returning to opera, but still in the realm of religion, I posted this review of the Met’s Samson et Dalila.  By now, Readers may be tiring of my incessant preaching and Bible-thumping ways, but, hey, insect-infested Lion Carcasses and Ass Jawbones are an important topic!
    • Then moving on to the always-thorny issue of American race relations, but this time seen through the eyes of a Russian pundit who appears to sympathize with ALT-Rightie pro-Confederate Dead-Enders.
    • And finally, ending the month on a joyous note, with this review of the Met’s delightful opera, La Fanciulla.  Already comes equipped with a happy ending, so I didn’t even need to fix that!
    • But now, my friends, it is time for that Pomp and Circumstance that everybody has been waiting for: Time to march on with the

Parade Of Nations

My 3,034 October 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 2637
New Zealand 385
Hong Kong SAR China 381
Canada 359
United Kingdom 315
France 248
Australia 228
Germany 112
Spain 80
Finland 68
Russia 67
India 61
Brazil 52
Czech Republic 51
Mexico 49
Ireland 47
Netherlands 46
Ghana 45
Latvia 36
Ukraine 36
Romania 34
Italy 27
Norway 23
Greece 21
Turkey 20
Hungary 20
Sweden 19
Croatia 17
Poland 15
Serbia 14
European Union 14
Singapore 13
South Africa 13
Lithuania 13
Philippines 13
Switzerland 12
Belgium 12
Nigeria 12
Japan 11
Israel 11
Slovenia 11
Indonesia 11
Bosnia & Herzegovina 10
Austria 8
Bulgaria 8
Montenegro 7
Saudi Arabia 7
South Korea 7
Georgia 6
Malaysia 6
Estonia 5
Lebanon 5
Slovakia 5
Namibia 5
Thailand 4
Kenya 4
Vietnam 4
Tanzania 4
Libya 4
Denmark 4
Costa Rica 4
Portugal 4
Morocco 3
Kuwait 3
Myanmar (Burma) 3
Kazakhstan 3
China 3
Argentina 3
United Arab Emirates 3
Qatar 3
Chile 3
Côte d’Ivoire 2
Bangladesh 2
Cameroon 2
Albania 2
Colombia 2
Belarus 2
Azerbaijan 2
Barbados 2
Nepal 2
Sri Lanka 2
Zimbabwe 2
Pakistan 2
Cyprus 2
Sudan 2
Bahrain 2
Dominica 1
El Salvador 1
Mozambique 1
Iceland 1
Syria 1
Algeria 1
Bahamas 1
Seychelles 1
Armenia 1
Rwanda 1
Senegal 1
Angola 1
Panama 1
Faroe Islands 1
Peru 1
Lesotho 1
Uganda 1
Ecuador 1
Macedonia 1
Togo 1
Trinidad & Tobago 1
Malta 1
Jordan 1
Taiwan 1
Cambodia 1
Papua New Guinea 1
Honduras 1

Sincerely yours,

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