About this blog

After more than seven years, the blog has found its audience. It almost seems peculiar that a page "about this blog" has only been added three years after starting it.

General Layout

The home page hosts titles and introductory paragraphs of the latest 8 articles; The right column contains a blog archive with posts summarized by year and month. Clicking a year provides you with a list of all articles for that year and the introduction or abstract. Below the blog archive, there is a list of blogs and links which I sometimes refer to.


Blog title change

The focus of the blog gradually shifted towards precious metals mining; especially after real estate investment vehicles got their own separate blog spot. Accordingly I decided to change the blog name to 'Mining corner', without changing its URL. Hence, all external links will remain valid. The clear focus also may facilitate including any interested co-writer.

What are you interested in?

At the bottom of the main column, you find the all-time top-10 ranking blog articles. The blog pages (can be clicked on the address bar below the blog header), have drawn major reader interest: by now, the ‘gold miner pulse’ page would rank on top of all blog articles with over 12,000 page views or 6% of their total number. All pages regularly are refreshed .
The graphs page displays a series of 24 h graphs of the precious metals (gold, silver, platinum and palladium) both in USD/Oz and in EUR/Kg. Next follow a number of graphs on copper (USD/lb). Finally exchange rates (USD-centric) also are included. Graphs only are updated as you first open the page. All graph data are retrieved from Kitco.

Despite one or a few new articles added every month, older posts are still read quite often. Several of these could be considered ‘reference articles’, remaining valuable long after posting. Some other articles refer to a situation or circumstances valid at the time of writing and may not be a good read any longer.  A few blog articles contain reference graphs, some of which have been updated (long) after drafting the original.


Language used

This blog started off bilingual English/Dutch and has remained that way for three years. While very few articles in English are translated into Dutch, most of the (occasional) Google translation operations seem to be English to different other languages.
Many early articles in Dutch refer to quoted Belgian Real Estate investments and as such don’t draw international interest. I've suspended covering that subject on this blog and created a new blog (entirely in Dutch), linked to on the top tab "Beursgenoteerd vastgoed". It is covering both REIT's and Real Estate Certificates, a quoted investment vehicle without international peers.
The top page view ranking still contains a few articles in Dutch.

 

Who are you?

Google enables a geographical breakdown of the page views.  Close to 28% of the total are domestic (Belgian) page views. With more than 72% foreign readers, this blog is quite international.
US page views come second with 27% of the total number. Russian readers (9.5%) are followed by a close succession of German (4.0%), French (3.6%),  Canadian (3.5%) and Dutch (3.1%) readers.
The top-10 is completed by page views from the Ukraine (2.7%), Britain (2.2%) and Italy (2.1%). Readers from other countries account for about 15% of page views. On a monthly basis, domestic page views don't top the page view breakdown any longer, showing that readers increasingly tend to be more globally spread.


Surging reader numbers

Whereas the number of page views has long been stable around a monthly 2000, sudden surges occur, occasionally doubling the monthly audience. While crawling computer bots add their grain of salt to page view numbers, surges usually come and go with fragments and links posted on social media.
Occasionally a page view surge clearly connects with the international news scene.  For several months the number of page views from the Ukraine has been unusually high (whereas before the country was almost absent in the readers list). Even though the approach on this blog generally is rather academic and mathematical, the general subjects treated do appeal when uncertainty and fear are spreading.
The 100,000 page view threshold was reached on Oct 21, 2014. The page view counter surpassed 150,000 on July 19, 2016. Those keen on blog reader statistics can find a graph of monthly page views till Feb 2017 here.


Under surveillance

Since mid March 2017, unusually many and periodic page view bursts have been showing up, all of them from the US. Whereas a keen interest of some investment company in the subject covered could potentially cause this, that explanation is highly unlikely, given that the blog referred to on the title bar -covering only Belgian real estate investments and written entirely in Dutch- is also being scrutinized. I cannot but conclude that certain blogs are under surveillance of some US government agency.

As such monthly page view numbers do not reflect true reader preferences any longer. Consequently, I felt obliged to suspend showing the most popular reads of the month. Page view statistics, as those mentioned above, will not be updated any more.  Please also observe that the pace of increase of the page view counter has more than doubled. 


Browsers and other techno stuff

Google enables a breakdown of the page views by browser and by operating system. The market share of former monopolist Microsoft Internet Explorer is declining rapidly. Computers running elder Windows versions are being phased out or upgraded. 'Edge', the new browser under Windows 10, doesn't provide the edge its name suggests. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are filling the void. Safari (Apple) follows at a distance. Opera and browsers for mobile systems remain a minority.

Operating systems
MS Windows based operating systems count for 82% of the page views. Apple's Macintosh is second with 7% followed by Linux (4%) and Unix (1%). Mobile operating systems have an aggregate share of 6% of the page views, with Android now leading this mobile category. Rising popularity of mobile devices is more obvious when comparing these aggregate data to monthly breakdowns, where mobile operating systems sometimes add up to 12% of total page views.


The Authors

Gwyde is not an investment professional.
My maths and physics background filters through in the often quantitative and statistical analysis I make. (Take it or leave it).

As I don't manage nor advise any institutional investment fund or vehicle, I don't pump any stocks I own nor do I bash any stocks I'd wish to buy. Any point of view I make results from personal study and conviction. I don't share in any profits investors may draw from it, nor do I assume any responsibility for any loss, following the depicted investment perspectives may cause.

I'm not trying to earn any petty cash adding commercial links on this blog site. Any links refer to or support the argument made in the context.

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