Welcome to 2019! Woohoo! Last night, as everybody knows, the Sun god leaped into his glorious chariot and began his journey around the globe (from East to West), bringing the New Year to all mankind! Meanwhile, back here on my own little turf, I do my Monthly stats, and, in this case, maybe also Yearly stats.
First the bad news: Compared to Glorious November, December was kind of blah for my blog.
As compared with the month of November, in December my Page Views went down – from 7,978 to 4,748. My number of Distinct Visitors also went down, from 3,810 to 2,461.
Boo hoo – not! Instead of becoming dispirited, I must always keep in mind the wise words of top salesperson Willy Loman, who famously said: “The sales, they go up; and the sales, they go down.” Besides, there is also good news for me, if I step back and look at the broader picture.
Namely, when I analyze my WordPress stats on an annual basis. Which I just did. Seems like I started my blog late in 2015, so I now have 3 full years under my belt. And here are the stats for those 3 years:
- 2016: 45,900 page views; 18,914 distinct visitors
- 2017: 65,148 page views; 29,135 distinct visitors
- 2018: 73,863 page views; 39,313 distinct visitors
To which, all I can say is: Wow! I never imagined, in my wildest dreams, that I would get so many clicks and so many visitors in this kind of niche market, with this type of abstruse content. Well, and since I don’t do any advertising (technically, WordPress sometimes puts an ad on my page, I think, they have the right to do that since I have their freebie product) or get paid for my writing, then I think this is terrific! (Wait a sec, that doesn’t make any sense…) Anyhow…
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 December with this 6-part post about a day in the life of a Siberian clinic. I don’t know about you, but I found this to be a fascinating glimpse into the Russian healthcare system, as it strives to modernize; and we got to meet some great and dedicated people.
- Next, my Hanukkah special, Russian Jews never had it so good!
- And then this multi-part post on Russia’s Death Agony, and the kreakle cadre who are ready to step up to the Plate of Rassilon once the evil regime falls.
- While we are waiting for that to happen, I continued to follow the Ufa rape case. Also in this post, where one of the rapists shows his mug to the camera. (And the camera wilts and dies.)
- From rape, and how the Russian press describes the job description of the victim, it was a seamless transition to this piece on Russian feminists and what to do about professional titles and feminine suffixes, and all that jazz.
- This 4-part series was another in the gag reel of Vovan-Lexus. This time the object of their prank call was Metropolitan Epiphany of the new Schimastic Ukrainian Church (SUC).
- And, quite appropriately, I ended December, and the year 2018 as a whole, with this piece on Russian President Putin’s annual New Year greetings and snubs.
So, that was it, for 2018. 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 2,461 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:
|Hong Kong SAR China||210|
|United Arab Emirates||6|
Wishing all of you, Dear Readers, health, prosperity, very interesting lives and lots of joy in the coming year!