Today marks the second anniversary of Agapeta. The blog starts to have a small fame, appearing in the blogroll of several other blogs, or being mentioned in some posts. And it has also gained some enemies, but fortunately up to now they have been really stupid.
First, the classical troll who submits hateful comments against me or other commentators. Then holocaust deniers, particularly repugnant is the fact that they submit their “comments” to the two posts devoted to Eva Edit Weinberger, a 6-year-old girl gassed in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Finally a crackpot WordPress blog; I will not give its URL, as I do not want to increase its viewing statistics or improve its Google ranking. Guided by an obsessive hatred of the photographer Kye Tanson, and having found that some of his work was featured on Pigtails in Paint, the author imagines a big conspiracy and does not shrink from libel against the administrator of the site:
It’s a pedophile website of course, just as the name suggests. Read this [About page] and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Then have a look at this [September 2016 Maiden Voyage post] and if you don’t immediately realise that the bloke who runs the site is talking about travelling to obtain or distribute child porn then you’re a bit wet behind the ears. You can’t see the hard stuff on the public pages, but you’ll be able to access it if you become the webmasters friend, and show him some of your pretty pictures of little girls too.
That is not enough, he must also find sites linking to Pigtails in Paint:
Well this morning our team has used a well-known internet traffic counting and analysis site named Easy Counter – http://www.easycounter.com – to take a look at some of the other websites that users of pigtailsinpaint.com are directed to and visit via what’s known as back links contained on the site.
First we looked briefly at the most visited backlink – agapeta.wordpress.com – and were disgusted. It contains nude and salaciously non-nude pictures of little girls, and judging by the content – posts are written in various languages, so only an expert linguist would be able to read them all – the site serves no purpose other than to publish these images.
So the paintings and photographs illustrating Agapeta, mostly by renowned artists, are “salacious,” one must be “an expert linguist” to read both French and English, and apparently posting famous poems or biographical studies of renowned writers are just a cover for a vast network of perverts exchanging salacious pictures of little girls. But why then have I made a few posts without images?
Funnily, in this site one post “denouncing” Kye Tanson contains some pretty pictures of young girls attributed to that artist, including an uncensored frontal nude! This shows the sheer hypocrisy of such reactionary bigots.
These stupid people would simply be laughable if they did not have a dangerous influence on others, in particular when they start lobbying and complaining to ISPs.
The readership is increasing, with 9929 views and 299 “Likes” in 2015, then 20431 views and 476 “Likes” in 2016 (the viewing statistics count only direct accesses to the site, excluding views in the WordPress Reader).
In 2016, the page Links remains the most viewed, followed by my all-time hit post Components of Love, then by Gilbert O’Sullivan: Clair, John Clare: To Miss C——., Victor Hugo : Chanson de grand-père, Martial: Epigrams on Erotion and Eva, fille adorable et robot défectueux; for that year, the 4 countries with the highest number of views are (in decreasing order): the USA, France, Germany and the UK. My mystery poem Passion Occulte obtained 14 “Likes” (from WordPress readers), the highest number ever. I doubt that its mystery contributed to its popularity, but rather people liked the beautiful photograph by J. B. B. Wellington illustrating it. At least the blog Girls’ Portraiture confessed it.
More information can be found in the Agapeta 2015 Annual Report made by WordPress (it seems that there won’t be any for 2016).
One category group has been added, Agapetae, which contains at the moment a single category, Fleurs de Passion, devoted to my poems (all in French). Other categories of selected posts may be added to it in the future.
Of the projects mentioned six months ago (in The colour of words), two have not yet been started: an essay on Ernest Dowson, the man and the legend, and a new theoretical reflexion on love and sexuality. However I will soon present the life, poems and letters of the French child poetess Minou Drouet. In fact, I have currently almost no other author or artist to write about, I have “exhausted” all relevant ones I knew about. Unfortunately, despite welcoming it in my pages Guidelines for comments and contributions and Help needed for my search, no one has ever suggested me (by email or by a comment) some author or work fitting the theme of Agapeta; in fact all cues to new authors and artists were given by commentators in other blogs that I follow.
If the site Pigtails in Paint does not restart soon, I may reproduce here some of my posts published there, certainly Eva, Lovely Girl and Defective Robot (which I can slightly extend, as in the French translation), perhaps Ernest Dowson and the Cult of Minnie Terry and The Short Life and Long Afterlife of Penelope Boothby (1785–1791).
Again, the dominance of vision over meaning and relationships
Both the crackpot blog “disgusted” by pictures of little girls but leaving the text “to an expert linguist,” and the amateurs liking Passion Occulte for the Wellington photograph rather than the poem, remind me of what I said one year ago in Voyelles:
In his book The Autumn of the Middle Ages, the historian Johan Huizinga noticed that in France and Burgundy during the 15th century, painting reached its perfection in a harmony of a general thematic scene with minute background details, while most of poetry—even the one celebrated at that time—had become conventional and overloaded with details. He interpreted this fact as a feature of the decline of the Middle Ages: the predominance of the sense of sight, closely linked to the atrophy of thought. Thus the contemporary seduction of striking images at the expense of textual contents could also indicate an atrophy of thought in a declining social organization.
I have also read the hypothesis that the brain of Homo neanderthalensis, compared to that of Homo sapiens, had bigger zones devoted to vision, but smaller ones devoted to social relationships. Indeed, one hypothesis to explain the extinction of Neanderthals is that they lived in nuclear families and had rather local social relationships, while modern humans could build social networks on a much wider scale. In some way, our present society is falling back into Neanderthal, so it should soon become extinct. But Agapeta will survive.