Many things happened this past year. The so-called Arab Spring for example. Who would’ve thought two Arab dictators would be toppled and one killed in a few weeks/months?! NATO and a tiny Arab state waged a new war in (on?) an Arab country, right next to us. Other bloody episodes are being endured by the people of Syria and Yemen with their dictators still mistaking themselves for their countries. Abbas became a hero among his people after he had requested and had been denied a UN membership for his pseudo-state, etc. All these events and yet you won’t find more than two posts which I wrote earlier this year on Tunisia.
I believe I would have written many more some fifteen years ago. But then I was younger; I even used to demonstrate in the streets. Let’s be honest, I demonstrated only a few times and only on sunny days, but, 15 years ago, I voted in an Algerian election. That is to show you how I was.
I do not vote any more and will not do it so long as the elections are rigged. But as much as I’ve lost most of my interest in the Arab world affairs (comparatively that is) I feel entirely involved in and engaged by what happens in Algeria. Unfortunately nothing seriously crucial happened these past months. The same old problems, the same old faces… the same old farces. But I did write a few posts and a little more comments. I guess I had to, and this despite the fact I had less time to spend on the blog. I used to write my posts in one go but now I have drafts, many of which waiting to be finished. Some only have titles, others a few sentences, and one or two are almost complete with only the first paragraph missing.
I don’t know if a blog enters into adulthood after two years. I guess Patriots on Fire will remain young like most Algerians do. It is not important anyway.
Now I share some stats, because it is the blog’s tradition…
Total number of posts: 169 in 22 categories.
Total number of comments: 879
Total number of spams: 6,489
Total number of views: 38,498 according to the dashboard. A little more according to the Flag Counter, from 151 countries
Daily average number of views: around 50
Busiest day: July 31st, 2011 with 334 views
Number of subscribers: 61
Today’s Alexa ranking is 3,755,799 and 13,495 in Algeria
The most-viewed posts are:
Noteworthy Algerians with 1,798 views,
رمضان كريم with 1,390 views,
International Women’s Day: year 99 with 901 views,
On the unemployment rate in Algeria with 699 views, and
El Watan newspaper, how serious is it? with 647 views
Most commented post: On ‘decriminalizing’ journalists’ and Imams’ writings and preaches
Top 3 commentators: Oumelkheir followed by Mohamed Cherif and BentAljazair
This is it for now. Thanking everyone for visiting and/or commenting.