I’ve added a short note about privacy to the sidebar. I suddenly realized today that most of the people entering their e-mails in various fields on this blog (comments, subscription) are blissfully unaware of the fact that these are available to me! Perhaps most of them wouldn’t mind anyway, but I thought it’s a bit unfair that they should not know.
I don’t keep those addresses stored anywhere, by the way, so if you don’t want me to see yours, just unsubscribe (there should be an option at the bottom of each e-mail), and I think you’ll be gone from the list (and if I ever googled your e-mail to check who you are – I’ll now try to forget whatever it was that I discovered; chances are I’ve already forgotten). I don’t think you can do anything with the e-mails ascribed to your comments – at least not without contacting me about it. (Yes, I do have the magical power of editing your comments, I do! Imagine that! Well, I am the admin and the sole moderator here…)
In case nobody noticed: the blog was gone (made private) for a couple of days (a week?). But now it’s back. There are some changes in the old posts, a couple of them (about 4 or 5) are gone, and images and sound files (practically all of them) are gone too. This is due to a change of heart I’ve had about copyright and the interpretation of what constitutes “fair use”.
In other blog-related news, we’re slowly approaching the 25 000 views mark, so the revitalization I was planning (two posts ago) really is in order. I have several ideas, just can’t find the time…
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2010. That’s about 23 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 3 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 84 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 204kb.
The busiest day of the year was April 11th with 374 views. The most popular post that day was Russia won’t rehabilitate officers executed in Katyn.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, good-music-guide.com, search.conduit.com, en.search.wordpress.com, and en.wikipedia.org.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for katyn, katyn massacre, kaja danczowska, piotr anderszewski, and roman maciejewski.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Russia won’t rehabilitate officers executed in Katyn November 2008
Grazyna Bacewicz recordings – a (very long) checklist January 2009
Mieczyslaw Karlowicz on CD (another checklist) February 2009
Pawel Szymanski – a checklist of recordings September 2009
And in the meantime… we’ve somehow managed to pass the 5,000 views mark! Hooray! I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to that result by reading this blog, whether on a regular basis, or only occasionally, or even just once – thank you! And I’d like to thank those who have linked to this blog from their own blogs and from other sites – thank you! You’re all making this much more fun than I ever expected! I hope the blog brings you some enjoyment too…
And (while I’m here :roll:) I’d also like to apologize for being such a sloppy blogger in recent weeks (months?? egad! I hope not!). I’m hoping I can finally return to slightly more regular blogging in the coming days… Cross your fingers! 😀
For those who like that sort of trivia, here are the top 10 posts on this blog:
1. Grażyna Bacewicz recordings…
2. Mieczysław Karłowicz on CD…
3. Krystian Zimerman interview on BBC…
4. Cyprian Norwid (1821-1883)
5. Russia won’t rehabilitate officers…
6. Grażyna Bacewicz on vinyl
8. Bacewicz and Bacevičutė
9. Polish Season in the UK …
10. Polish 19th century orchestral music
OK, done. The makeover is over – I’ll settle for what the site looks like now. (I’ll miss the blue titles though…)
For quite a while now I’ve been concerned with the layout of this blog. The reason I chose the current theme (Day Dream by Jim Whimpey) was simplicity. Plus I liked the color scheme. But I did not realize how annoying it would be to have posts and everything else stretched in one looong column. That would be fine for very short entries but mine tend to be on the longer side. Also, the layout of the widgets gets jumbled all the time. Sometimes the text doesn’t fit etc. So I’m now looking to replace Day Dream with a new theme.
After going over the list of available templates several times, here are the top two contenders:
The latter is my favorite as far as functionality is concerned but it would mean losing the “of the musical wren” subtitle – or rather having to introduce it into the main title. Also, the color scheme is quite a departure from what readers of this blog may have grown used to. And yet, I’m almost ready to take that plunge – just give me another day or two to think it through…
Here are the descriptions of these two themes taken from the theme manager:
Fadtastic – A bright and fluid 3-column theme with double the widgets for double the fun. Tags: flexible width, page navigation, three columns, rtl
Sapphire – A two-column blueish theme with that professional “Apple” feel. Tags: custom header, two columns, fixed width, blue
If only there was a way to adjust the Fadtastic color scheme (without having to pay for it, I mean)… Unfortunately, it’s not one of the 7 themes with customizable colors… Perhaps I should give those a second thought. I’m thinking mainly of Andreas09 and Garland.
And if you’re interested in some other options which did not make the shortlist but were pretty close, here they are:
The nice thing about Ocean Mist and Mistylook is that they would allow me to add a customized picture (“header”) at the top of the blog (the vistas you see there are not obligatory). Rounded is a theme I’m extremely fond of but I’m already using it on a Polish language blog that I run and using it on two different blogs would probably confuse me.
Important message: if over the course of the next few days you notice the blog change appearance several times, it will be due to my experimenting with some of these templates. Remain calm. And patient.
Today is the Grażyna Bacewicz centenary. That kind of thing happens only… well, once in a hundred years. However, I also have something very important to celebrate in my private/family life today. So the Bacewicz post will arrive a little late, tomorrow perhaps. And maybe there’ll be more than one of them. For the time being: go and listen to some Bacewicz. 😉
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