Time for another roundup of the best blog posts about Russia. But, before I start, first a warning, then some shameless self promotion.
Warning – has your blog been hacked?
At the beginning of March, someone hacked into Siberian Light.
A not very nice person (from Russia, as it happens) changed one of the pages on SL to redirect visitors to that page on to various pornographic sites. At the same time, thousands of other sites were hacked, and links added to this particular page on SL. At one point, SL had such a boost in the Google rankings that around 10-20,000 one handed surfers were visiting SL every day.
Want to see how many websites linked to me? Take a look at my technorati page. According to them, Siberian Light is now one of the most popular blogs in the world (and by far and away the most popular Russia Blog)…!
Once Google noticed, my search engine rankings dropped like a stone – at one point, I didn’t even rank for the search “Siberian Light”. Visitors from Google went from several hundred per day to less than 30.
Happily, I fixed the damage pretty quickly, but SL has taken an absolute hammering in the search engines and is only now beginning to slowly recover its rankings.
Similar hacks affected lots of other blogs – including some about Russia. So, if you are running wordpress make sure you check your blog and upgrade to version 2.5 if necessary.
Do you twitter?
Because each post is limited to a maximum of 140 characters (yes, that’s characters, not words) it encourages short, snappy posts.
At the moment I’m using it to post thoughts that are too brief to merit a full post here on Siberian Light.
You can check out my feed and follow me at: http://twitter.com/siberianlight
Neeka is also twittering, as Smetanka. Is anyone else?
OK, enough warnings and twitterings, onto the blogs. And, be warned, there’s a bumper list of links below. I recommend settling down with a nice cup of coffee and working your way through them, one by one.
Sean takes the top spot this month. Or, to be more precise, the readers and commenters of Sean’s Russia Blog take the award for ‘most interesting discussion in absolutely ages’.
And it took at least a hundred comments before the inevitable row broke out…
Everyone else has had a hard act to follow this month, but here’s my pick of the best posts:
- Russian War Tubas!
- Wintrhop 360 beats Da Russophile to the punch and posts her top 10 Russophile predictions. My favourite? Russia to become the new Scandinavia.
- Da Russophile fans will need to content themselves with the Top 10 Russophobe Myths for the time-being.
- Tim Newman deconstructs A Russian’s View of Britain and then goes on to ask if Russia’s mega-projects are realistic.
- The Turkish Invasion of Russia has stalled, so he’s moved on to an easier target – Ukraine: The Bridebasket of Europe.
- Da Russophile examines Putin’s Presidency in Polls. Lots of pretty graphs.
- Vladimir Gushchin reminisces about his childhood in Libya, where has parents worked at the Soviet embassy.
- Gushchin also laments the Russian aerospace industry being late to market, yet again.
- The Moscow Blog’s guide to getting around by Metro.
- Soviet May Day Postcards from Russian Kafe.
- And some Soviet Propaganda posters from Russophile.
- Two-Zero asks: Is Moscow becoming the New New York?
- All you need to know about the ??????? ????.
- Eternal Remont is now troll friendly.
- Mark MacKinnon explains why the Kremlin is pulling for Hillary.
- Otto talks about German and Jewish emigration movements in the USSR.
- Patrols of Russian strategic bombers may be on the rise, but nuclear submarine patrols are decreasing.
- Soviet Russia remembers Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.
- Mikhail Zadornov – Russia’s top satirist?
So, what do you think? Did I miss anything? If so, let me know by commenting below.