Raymond Soltysek's Blog

I’m posting at least once a week

Posted in Blogging by raymondsoltysek on January 20, 2011

Well, I’m rising to WordPress’s (is that punctuation correct?!) challenge to raise my game, and so I’m joining their Post Once a Week project.  I couldn’t possibly manage the every day target, so I’m chickening out – but my target will be twice a week.  So be prepared to be assailed by all sorts of  rantings about work, war, music, English, teaching, writing and books – and anything else I can think of.  You could support me by commenting on my entries: alternatively, you could just ignore me…

Phew, I’m exhausted already!

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2010 in review

Posted in Blogging by raymondsoltysek on January 2, 2011

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:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,200 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 42 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 60 posts. There were 46 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 31st with 226 views. The most popular post that day was Deolinda / Koshka, City Halls, 29/1/10.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were soltysek.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, en.wordpress.com, and pgde.strath.ac.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for claudia cardinale, estelle brisard, once upon a time in the west, raymond soltysek, and claudia cardinale once upon a time in the west.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Deolinda / Koshka, City Halls, 29/1/10 January 2010


Astrid Williamson / Kathryn Williams / Emma Jane, King Tut’s, 2/3/10 March 2010


Strangeways / Tegan / Coviets / Modern Faces, King Tut’s, 10/4/10 April 2010


WPM2, Creation Studios, 6/6/10 June 2010


Astrid Williamson / Joe Pernice, Oran Mor, 27/1/10 January 2010
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First Post!

Posted in Blogging by raymondsoltysek on September 22, 2009

Well, here it is. This will be a personal chat about my favourite subjects: books, music, left wing politics, justice, art, photography, football, education and lots more. I’ll also post updates on news about my terminal novel-writing activity.

It will also be a personal rant about some of my least favourite subjects, and they may be a bit more entertaining.

Let’s start off with a link to the fabulous Huffington Post – a Funny or Die video that is in the best traditions of good old American satire. Great to see stars from “House” and “Scrubs” going their bit for health care for all. Good to see Will Ferrell being funny for a change too!


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