Friday, June 3, 2016

On being a Cassandra: more than 500 posts and continuing!




The Cassandra blog was started in January 2011 and has been growing, even though growth seems to have been slowing down during the past year or so. I am not sure how much the statistics provided by Blogspot are to be trusted, but they say that Cassandra has now around 60,000 hits per month for a total of nearly two million visits and 521 posts published. Not so bad for a blog kept by one person, without SEO tricks or anything like that.

About the posts published so far, the biggest impact was the post on the "Seneca Effect" that even generated a new blog specifically dedicated to the concept expressed by the old Roman philosopher that "increases are of sluggish growth, but ruin is rapid." It is also generating a whole book that I am trying to write. Hopefully, it will be published in early 2017.

Does this blog have an impact on the real world? Hard to say; probably not. The themes treated here remain something discussed only among a relatively small group of people whom the rest of the world ignores. But, after all, for a blog that bears the name of "Cassandra," that's something to be expected!

And if you would like to know something more about the ancient prophetess Cassandra, I am proud to present to you an interview with her, summoned from Hades!



Image from Cassandra Consulting

6 comments:

  1. Kudos to Ugo on the Anniversary! Well done!

    Over on the Diner, we just crossed the 100,000 Posting mark on the Diner Forum. ☺

    Now to the regular Renewable Energy Survey Update.

    We now have 225 Respondents, mostly stemming from the cohort on John Michael Greer's blog The Archdruid Report along with more respondents from r/collapse on Reddit

    GOOD NEWZ is more FEMALES have stepped up to the plate and we now are up to 14% from 10% in this demographic. ☺

    Survey remains open. http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/Wixv2RMd

    RE

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you Ugo, I'm a relative newcomer to your blog but it is certainly one of the better ones discussing these topics. I greatly appreciate you and your efforts.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Could it be that we suffer from an Alzheimer-like civilization disease?

    Something like that. I suppose it's a combination of the phenomenon of shifting baselines and the fact that humans are ill-equipped to realize threats which are - well, sneaky? Like climate destruction.

    Add some seasoning called hubris and pig-headed adherence to concepts like endless growth and endless progress and here we are - slamming into the limits of growth face first.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Congratulations on the anniversary Ugo.

    I must admit I don't really trust Blogger's stats either - they seem to be much more flattering than any other analytics I try !

    ReplyDelete

Who

Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome and the author of "Extracted: how the quest for mineral resources is plundering the Planet" (Chelsea Green 2014)