Monday, March 03, 2014

An Unexpected Development as a Result of Russia's Invasion of Crimea

In the last few days this blog has been getting a lot more hits than usual. I take it that this is largely as a result of the Russian invasion of Crimea and my recent posts on the Crimean Tatars. So for the first time in almost a decade of existence this blog has received a couple hundred hits every day over a period of a couple of days. I don't expect it to last even if I were to continue to post everyday on Crimea. But, this is the first time ever that I have ever gotten this many hits. I still have no comments, but at least for now I have a few readers. Some of which have also spilled over to my Academia.edu page to read some of the articles I have there on the subject. So now I know the secret to getting blog hits is to be an expert on something related to a huge news story with a historical background that the vast majority of the English reading population of the world know nothing about. Well, no it is actually not quite that simple. It also has to be an issue that doesn't have very many competing sources. The number of people writing on Crimean Tatars now for instance is much smaller than the number of people who were writing about Chechens immediately after the Boston bombings. I would like to be able to permanently keep some of the hundreds of people that have come by to read my recent posts on Crimean Tatars. But, I am not sure if any of them will stick around. None of them have so far commented and other posts are still mostly receiving under a dozen hits a day.

4 comments:

Merv said...

Russia's invasion of Crimea has been an unexpected development also from the aspect of tourism --I wonder how busy the Yalta coast will be this summer.

Nailya Agdeeva said...

The interesting thing is that media mostly covers the demands of the Russian poplation of the region and everyone has almost forgotten the Tatars, who are clearly against any seccession movement, never supported the law on regional status of minority langiages and are encouraged by their leaders to stay away from any demonstrations.

J. Otto Pohl said...

Merv:

We will find out won't we. It certainly won't encourage people from the US, Canada, or EU to come to Crimea.

Nailya:

Good to hear from you. Unfortunately, the Crimean Tatars are a marginalized minority in their homeland. But, they do and have had very good leadership and discipline for many decades. Dzhemiliev really should get the Noble Peace Prize someday.

Sevil said...

I can not begin to imagine what and how Mustafa Abdulcemil Kirimoglu (Dzhemiliev) is feeling now. Mejlis is now between a rock and a hard place. Turkish foreign minister is giving only lip service; US policy so far has been to not mention the Tatar population. I hope we will not witness another Kosovo like incident-NATO and UN getting involved after the fact.