Sorry about the title being in French, but had to be ready for my French students tomorrow. Just trying to get in to the mood.
If any one needed convincing about the power of the internet to spread information then just talk to me. Apart from a huge spike in my viewings last May when I wrote blog post Six things you didn’t know about Latvians, I have been getting about 2000 views per month. Yesterday, thanks to a reporter on Delfi.lv I received a little over 56000 views and as I write I have received nearly 30000 views today. I received more comments on Delfi than articles about Vladimir Putin or some pop/rock stars. I don’t get why an article about an old, well not very old, Englishman living in Latvia should provoke such a storm of interest. Subsequently news about me has appeared on a couple of other news websites including the local Limbazi24 website.
I the main, the vast majority of comments are positive and are a pleasure to read. However some are quite negative, unpleasant and very personal and demonstrate that they haven’t read all my blogs. I hope that all my blog posts have been balanced and measured. I have tried not to offend any one, but realise that people may disagree with me but the beauty of living in a democracy is that we are allowed to have different opinions.
Should you disagree with anything I write in the future I will welcome the opportunity to engage in a discussion with you and will hold my hands up and admit defeat if I am proved incorrect. Thank you to all my readers you make the effort worthwhile.