Hello my dear readers! Happy New Year from Moscow with all my Love!
I guess apologies are in order. I have not posted since May and you kept visiting the blog, waiting for new posts from me and sending me the nicest emails ever. I really feel like I owe you many new posts! Reading your emails is always the sweetest thing, I love receiving them and I love your thoughtful questions.
2016 was good for me, just very busy. Lot’s of travel, changing jobs, lots of sports. Still, not a valid excuse of course. I will make it up to you in 2017 for the radio silence in the last months. I haven’t actually wrote a letter to you since the start of my blog, here it is. A summary of what I think, feel and plan to do.
I want to say that writing this blog has been a very rewarding experience for me. In addition to the letters you send me via email and your comments, I look at Google Analytics on a regular basis and I am super happy to see readers in the countries I have lived in and also in the countries to which I have never been to. I try to imagine, who are my readers from far places, what their day-to-day life is like. I wish they also had a blog, which I could follow from my Moscow flat.
I am stunned to see that people from 144 countries are following my blog! Please let me know where you are from in comments – I would love that! Here is the map of UnderstandRussia blog audience. It is really global, a year ago it was only 86 countries. Top 3 countries are still US, UK and Russia, followed by Canada and India. We really need to work on the Central Africa, no readers in some of the countries there.
I am in the process of booking the blog. It was the original idea – to write a book about day-to-day life in Russia. Even though I have 90% of text material and illustrations ready, it might take time. I am working on that task, please just bear with me. Book will have 12 chapters and no photos, just an art work in the beginning of each chapter. A talented artist is working on that task, I love to see her work.
Meanwhile, please continue sending me your questions about Russia. Your questions are a fuel of my blog, I do not create topics myself, I always work from your questions. Many of the questions you have asked did surprise me!
I played with the idea of extending UnderstandRussia umbrella to the video blog. And even shot one video. But spent so much time on it and am not sure it is any entertaining (see for yourself below) The idea was to have “Moscow walks”, but video projects really take time…
I now think that launching UnderstandRussia Instagram would be better. It will not be populated with pics of Moscow Kremlin (maybe occasionally)), it will mostly be pics of day-to-day life here. Please share in comments, what you want to see. Pics of streets? Supermarkets? Flats? Fun time with my Russian friends? You say, I do)) I need your advice on that!
I am planning to add a Deezer player with Songs About Russia and Russian Songs in the next week or so. I have already created a playlist, but before I publish it – let me know, which songs you think of, when you think about Russia. I will add them to the playlist))
For now the blog I love most is the CrazyRussianDad video blog
I like his sense of humour, candid, yet clean posts. He is a true Russian, even though he lives in the US))
In this post I already gave you a lot of ideas on how you could shape the future of UnderstandRussia, but I am also happy to hear new ideas. And, friends, please do not be shy! Instead of sending me dozens of emails, use comments, so that we could start a discussion here, ok?))
From Russia With Love!
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