Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar' Ding – RnR’s First Anniversary

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my very first post on this blog. Back then, I wondered how long it would last. The blog has evolved some over the past year. I think it looks better, and reads smoother. But best of all, people are reading it. Thanks to all of you who keep coming back, and especially to those of you who take the time to comment and engage in conversation. I've made a lot of virtual friends in the past year and I've learned a lot. 

I have always been an opera fan, and in this past year, I have really focused more and more on this great art form. Because stats are always entertaining (to some of us), here are some fun facts about the past year.

 Top 10 Posts for the Past 12 Months

Feb 5, 2013

Mar 16, 2013

Dec 12, 2012

May 13, 2013

Dec 26, 2012

Jan 5, 2013

Aug 18, 2012

Mar 31, 2013

Feb 21, 2013

I think the number one post here drew in readers with its enticing headline. I'd love to know what people thought they were going to read when they clicked on Bootleg Diva. Jonas Kaufmann singing Wagner this year got a lot of attention, so popularity of the Lohengrin and Parsifal posts was not a surprise. 

I don't think I exactly scooped the Baden-Baden Zauberflote, but I have to say I hadn't read much else about it. It probably helped, too, that Arte LiveWeb retweeted my comment about their broadcast. Other current events, like Domingo and Damrau debuting in Traviata draw attention (That one is still topping the "past 30 days" list, too!) 

We seem to like controversy and feeling superior, so the snobbery, scandal, and reviewer comments posts make sense (they also were sparked by current events). Stupid Reviewer Comments, the first in a serieswas one of the reasons I started a blog, and the series has been popular (relatively, I mean I am not talking about thousands of hits, here.) 

Not surprisingly, the majority of my readers live in English-speaking countries; however, it's exciting to see so many European readers, too (and from around the world: Asia, Australia, South America, etc.). 
  1. United States
  2. Germany
  3. Russia
  4. United Kingdom
  5. France
  6. Canada
  7. Hungary
  8. Finland
  9. Poland
  10. Austria
As you can imagine, I have more to say. But for now, I'll just say thanks again for reading, thanks to bloggers who've listed me on their blogs, and I look forward to many more years of writing, and interacting with you all. 


  1. Happy blog anniversary!

    I wonder if people thought Bootleg Diva is a bluegrass band of some kind?

    1. If it weren't for your support and encouragement, I wouldn't be here (yes, folks, you have Earworm to blame for all this!!)

      Thanks Mom!!

  2. ... Happy birthday dear Regie, happy birthday to you! ( you make some of us feel very old! )

    1. Thank you! (the blog is young, but the blogger is not quite so...) :) Thanks, too, for the bloggery camaraderie!

  3. Many bloggy returns!

    1. Thanks, Dad! I appreciate all your support and encouragement! :)

      (Note: He is not really my Dad. He's my Blogfather.)

  4. Happy anniversary, and many more!

    1. Thanks Lucy! I always have more to say!

  5. Happy first birthday, Rob. I hope you continue to blog for a long time....

    1. Thanks Kathy! I haven't run out of words (or opera) yet!

    2. Great, because you're doing a fabulous job! Congratulations!

    3. Awwwww, shucks! Thanks again!

  6. I really like how this blog is growing and developing. Bravo, and many happy birthdays ahead.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments and your inspiration!


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