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January 1, 2016

Nederlog 2016: Updates for the new year


In every human society, at any time, and any place, there have been rational and reasonable men and women. Alas, in every human society, at any time, and any place, they so far have were a small minority, that was often persecuted, and nearly always in danger.

MM - Comments on Chamfort's Maximes-1.29

If men in majority were good or intelligent, history would be completely different from what it is.

MM - Comments on Chamfort's Maximes-1.31




Sections
Introduction   

1. Nederlog 2015: Updates for the new year

2. The numbers
3. Plans for 2016


Introduction:

It is the first day of the year 2016 A.D.

I provide the usual updates and starts for a new year. There are also some numbers about the usage of my site. And I should add that I am copying most of the text from January 1, 2015, to make things easier for me, but I did make the relevant changes.

Also, there are two differences with the foregoing years:
  • I did get - at long last - one file of statistics for 2015 (from my brother) but I still cannot get these myself: it makes a little but not much of a difference to this file; and

  • I have an old age pension, having reached the age of 65 in 2015, which is worth 24/25th of the minimal Dutch old age pension (because I lived a bit more than 2 years in Norway) and which gives me about 50 monthly euros more than the dole (but these advances already have been claimed by
    price increases of various things).
Also, the pension allows me to publish on paper. I may try to do this in 2016, but the reader should not expect much: I am quite controversial inside Holland, and not really known outside Holland, and besides, I am still ill with M.E. and I still have problems with my eyes, although - quite thankfully - these have lessened more in 2015 than since they started in 2012, which spared me rather a lot of pain and irritation in my eyes.

The rest is the survey of 2015 written on 1.1.2016 (by making the relevant changes in earlier files written at the beginning of the year).

It is possible there may be a crisis file today, but not likely.

1.
Nederlog 2015: Updates for the new year

2015 was the twelfth year of my logging, for I started to do so in the summer of 2004, when I got the new site in Denmark. And it is the nineteenth year of my site(s), for I started in November 1996 at xs4all which at that time was an excellent provider. In any case, I have two sites since 2004, one in Holland, and one in Denmark. These are intended to be just the same.

The log I started in 2004 was called "Nedernieuws" because it was about Holland and in Dutch. In 2006, it became Nederlog, because I wanted to write about more subjects than just Dutch events, but I kept writing in Dutch (with some exceptions) until 2010, when it turned to English, mostly because of the report about XMRV. I have continued to write Nederlog mostly in English
- like nearly all of my site, apart from ME in Amsterdam - since 2010, simply to enable more people to read my files.

Next to Nederlog, which at present extends over 12 years and totals 271 MB (on my hard disk: it'll be rather less on my sites, but still will be around 200 MB), there are the following sections on my site, where you should also realize nearly everything is in html, with a few but not many images, and only a goodly amount of pdf files, none of which were written by me, in the ME-section:
Nederlog ...........271 MB of mostly daily files, extending 12 years
Philosophy..........204 MB of classics with my comments
Logic..................13 MB of papers on logic
Computing.,.........73 MB of materials on computing
ME....................108 MB of materials on my disease ME
MEinAmsterdam...100 MB of files on my discrimination in Holland

All of the above is written by me except for two classes of items: In Philosophy over half of the material consists of philosophical classics, in html, with the rest consisting of my comments, also in html, and in ME most of the material is by
doctors of medicine and in pdf. Also, the above numbers are a bit larger than
they are on the site: Subtract around 15% to get at the numbers for my site.

Also, the above links are to the main directories: There is a bit over 500 MB of material on my site, and there are over 30,000 items on it, mostly html-files.

And nearly all the files in all the directories get readers, but I have most readers
of Nederlog, indeed of all years, though most of the last 3 years or so.

The above lists the main sections, but there are some more:

          Help.................. 4 MB of help
          Images...............3 MB of images
          Zip....................70 Kb

I should say that these days I save images in the directories of the files in which they are used, and that the Zip on the moment is mostly empty. It did contain, in 2009, a zip of the then complete site. I may make one again, but make no promises, and the site got a lot larger since 2009.

Next, as usual in the beginning of the year, I have an index of files and an analytical index for 2015, and the last index consists of two parts:

Meanwhile, summing the twelve years of Nederlog as they appear on my hard disk, probably with a little more than there is on the internet, the total for these years is 271 MB (on my hard disk) and that is mostly html and some but not many images. There are some 3800 html-files there, that (nearly) all were written on the day they are dated.

Merely the Nederlogs - apart from the rest of the site - is rather a lot of text, and I do not know anything like it. There are bound to be some other blogs or personal records that were maintained on a more or less regular basis for a long time, but they are probably much less outspoken, and also about far fewer things.

Why do I write these Nederlogs?

To keep a record of things; to state my opinions; and to have something that I can use to defend myself, if needed. Also, by now they are my means to list all main changes on the site.

I do not have any further end in view, and the main reason for that is the same reason as Nederlogs are written, rather than something else: I do not have enough health to write the things I really want, at least most of the time.

In fact, I probably would not have written anything like Nederlog if I had been healthy, but since I am not, and since I still find it easy to write, and have written very much since I was 20, and since I almost never take the trouble to make second etc. versions, it turns out that in 12 years I can pile up over 250 Mb of texts in Nederlog just by writing a few hours a day. [1]

And while I do not take most that I wrote in Nederlog very serious - they were  usually written in haste, while I had little energy and nearly always was in some pain - there are quite a few things in it that I like, and I also like it that there is a record of my perspectives on various things, that now comprises over ten years
in over 250 Mb of html.

Therefore one of the things I am trying to do is to straighten Nederlog out, and also to straighten my site out, since that also has been compiled bit by bit over the course of 16 years now, and comprises quite a lot of good original thinking, especially in the philosophy-section, in my comments on classic philosophical texts. (Notably: On Leibniz, Hume, Mill, Russell and Aristotle. And on Multatuli, in Dutch. [2])

This project of straightening out Nederlog and my sites exists for a while, and got stopped in 2012 because of the problems with my eyes. But my eyes are less bad than they were, and the project continues, bit by bit - and I have straightened out the Nederlog sections in 2013.

I also must soon reload the whole site again, which I will try to do in January 2016. (But this is rather a lot of boring work, and may take longer. I will keep you informed, if I do it, in Nederlog.)

2. The numbers

The site in Denmark did considerably better in 2014 than in 2013, and did in 2015 mostly in between 2013 and 2014. The numbers for 2013 plus an analytical index are here, and I repeat the numbers and a bit of text and added the numbers for 2014 and 2015. The text I repeat about 2013 and 2014 is blue; the text I insert about 2015 is black:

First only Nederlog:

          Nederlog 2013:
                   
                    more than 380 html files and more than
                    38 MB

          Nederlog 2014:
                   
                    more than 400 html files and more than
                    20 MB

          Nederlog 2015:

                           more than 390 html files and about
                           20 MB

In brief: I did not write as much in 2015 in Nederlog as I did in 2013 and 2014 but wrote almost as much in 2015 as I did in 2014, and also nearly the same number of files. Part of the reason is that most Nederlogs were crisis logs in 2014 and in 2015.

Then there is the whole site:

Site 2013:

Year:

- over 1,500,000 hits
- over 1,250,000 pages
- more than 177,000 visitors
- more than 38 Gb downloaded (38788777 Kb)

Day (average over the year)

- over 4100 hits each day
- 487 visitors each day
- over 100 MB mostly text download each day

Site 2014:

Year:

- over 1,700,000 hits
- over 1,500,000 pages
- more than 225,000 visitors
- more than 23 Gb downloaded (
23216973 Kb)

Day (average over the year)

- over 4600 hits each day
- 618 visitors each day
- over 60 MB mostly text download each day

Site 2015:

Year:

- over 1,780,000 hits
- over 1,600,000 pages
- more than 172,000 visitors
- almost 23 Gb downloaded (
22960406 Kb)

Day (average over the year)

- nearly 4900 hits each day
- 472 visitors each day
- over 60 MB mostly text download each day

Overall, there is a 25% decrease in visitor numbers, compared to 2014, with a fallback to the levels reached in 2013, but also with about a 10% increase in hits and files, compared to 2014.

Also, since 2010 I have not been a member of any patients-forum, which very probably cost me in visitors and hits, but - nevertheless - I got about the same number of visitors as 2013, and more hits, and as many downloads as 2014.

I wrote in 2011:

Also, my Site in Nederland certainly does a lot better, but it is difficult to say by how much, because ever since Dutch Telecom KPN bought what was once a fine provider called "xs4all" there is hardly any decent access there for me, and many things that are a matter of course for other providers do not exist at all for the hardly human idiots - I learned from the KPN "xs4all" staff - who are their clients with home sites.

This is just the same as it was in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. I have no numbers for the Dutch site, because "xs4all.nl" (in fact: KPN) does not give any. Since I am Dutch, and started the site at xs4all.nl when that still was a good provider (in the previous millenium) before it was taken over by KPN, I take it that the Dutch site pulls at least twice as many visitors as the Danish site - but this is a guess. 

Here is another repeat of 2011:

Anyway.... for one man with one site - with a mirror - and that man ill, poor and with no real help, that is not bad, especially if you also reckon with the facts that my ideas and subjects are neither easy nor popular, nor is my language, and that I do not try to please anyone but myself.

Just the same for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 - and I can add that my Danish site has been read over 180 hours every 24 hours in 2015. (Again, this is probably due to my following the crisis closely.)

Even if at most half of that is serious reading, I find that pretty amazing, indeed especially because I do not try to please anyone other than myself, and do not court popularity or seek internet traffic in any way: I write what I think and I upload it, and that's it. I never cared for popularity, and I lack both the health and the desire to live up to anyone's expectations.

Meanwhile, I am pleased that I am being read, indeed around 5 days for every day that I live and write.

3. Plans for 2016

I do have some plans for 2016, although - as usual - everything depends on my health, which is still far from good, though a bit better, as regards ME, than it was from 1995-2010, since 2012, but then again I got rather serious and painful eye problems in 2012, that upset a great lot, though they are now improving, and
that allow me now - in 2015 - to read books more or less as I did before, which was not really possible from 2012-2014.

Anyway... here is an outline of the plans for 2016 for the site

  • Continue Nederlog (the most read part of my site: this file is a part of it) as was, including the crisis index, but spend less time on reporting daily crisis news. I guess this will work itself out as 2016 progresses. 
  • Re-upload all of my site (simply to be sure it is all updated and works).
  • Extend the philosophy section, including my Philosophical Dictionary.
  • Possibly extend ME in Amsterdam from 2007-2015.
I think I can do all of that if my health remains as it is, and the plan is also not spectacular, in part because I want to have time for other things. (Also, these are the most important things my site is about.)

Finally, on the moment - the beginning of 2016 - I have problems with my teeth, but these will be repaired, somehow, since I have a good dentist.


Notes

[1] Some clarifications: I've always found it very easy to write, and am a good typist. What makes writing Nederlogs doable for me is that they are not intellectually demanding to write; they are short; and I generally can write them in one go, after which it's done, except for corrections, that usually are made later. Also, I am someone who very probably has an easy access to flow states.

And there are three reasons for me not to write books: It is much more demanding, especially if I were to write the books I want to write, about philosophy or logic; such books would not make me any money, in all probability; and in any case any money I might make would be taken from me by the Amsterdam municipal authorities, with an additional financial and legal punishment.

This is now over since I have been pensioned and left the dole 5 months ago, but I have not yet done anything, simply for lack of health.

[2] The perceptive reader may ask: How come you could write these comments? The answer is twofold: First, normally I could not - the work was done in good periods, and was usually followed by a collapse, and second, and probably most important: I had done most of the work already, namely by having read the books and having written most of my notes at a time when I was healthy or at least less ill than I am since 1991.




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