I registered the site, the Truth Speaker, back in late 2014. I used to keep a blog, address in my own name, and I kept a blog called a ‘Brit in Ukraine‘ for some time, on which I wrote on a range of subjects. However, there was a time to move on, and I wanted to start a site not in my own name, a site which would have its own domain, and identity. I didn’t renew the old domain, and so the Truth Speaker began. The Truth Speaker was set up to –
- Bring interesting information to people all over the world
- Fight propaganda
- Keep you up to date with what I’m up to
The name the Truth Speaker reflects the simple principle of all my work, here, on YouTube, wherever, the truth. And as for those, actually I recall even from propaganda agency Bellingcat, who’ve said ‘rule of the internet, never trust anything with ‘truth’ in the title’ etc. We can all be a smartass, can’t we, and actually, over 400 articles, over 500,000 views and nothing on the Truth Speaker has ever been revealed to be untrue. So, I think this site started with truth in the name, and has earned that right.
As for where the hits have come from? Well, most of the hits overall are from Russia, and Ukraine, this reflecting the early day of this site, when I would do a lot of posts in Russian.
The Truth Speaker has been viewed in 203 countries in the world, at the other end of the spectrum, I clearly have some work to do to crack the Burundi, or Swaziland, not to mention Malawi markets!
Mid last-year, I moved my Russian posts to Live Journal, and so the Truth Speaker became mainly English, though I’m always keen to have other languages on here. We can see, from the previous 7 day period, most of the views now comes from the USA, and UK, with also room for Canada, Netherlands, Australia, and more –
By the way, the first post here was on January 27th, 2015. And while there have at times been weeks without a post, as I’ve simply not had time, over 400 posts mean more than a post every 2 days. In recent times, I’ve been posting more here, as I was banned from Facebook, to the point of not being able to use Facebook. So, now, I post on here, and the idea is to keep this a free forum, with open comment and debate, and there have been many hundreds of comments on articles here, reflecting all sides ofthe spectrum. Also, incidentally, over half a dozen languages here, over half a dozen authors, this is a magazine site, not a blog. I’m always open to new contributions!
As for the most popular articles in English, 18+ My 20 Worst Photos from Donbass is the top. Next, it’s my Letter to Great Britain, and Reply from Great Britain, then one on the result of Ukrainain shelling of Donetsk, in early 2015.
Recently, the most popular article has been the one about Bellingcat fraudster, Eliot Higgins.
I think that about covers it, huge thanks for being with me, and on to a million, we go on!