Friday, October 22, 2010

Reader profile: visitors are coming back in big numbers

Today’s featured reader is from Wroclaw: a city and administrative centre for Dolnoslaskie, Poland

The viewer spend 15 minutes with “As It Stands” this morning. With the return of school, I’ve seen a marked increase in readership. This blog is now averaging about 1200 daily visitors.

“As It Stands” is nearing the quarter million mark after two years online. It’s been fun, and I expect it will continue to be. Thanks to all the recent readers who have been returning to the fold once school started.

Wrocław [ˈvrɔt​͡swaf] ( listen) (German: Breslau (Ltspkr.png listen)) is the chief city in south-western Poland, situated on the River Oder (Polish: Odra). Wrocław is the capital of Silesia and, also of Lower Silesian Voivodeship. Over the centuries, the city has been either part of Poland, Bohemia, Austria, Prussia or Germany. According to official population figures for June 2009, its population is 632,240, making it the fourth largest city in Poland.

The city's name was first recorded in the year 1000 by Thietmar's Latin chronicle called Thietmari Merseburgensis episcopi Chronicon as Wrotizlawa. The first municipal seal stated Sigillum civitatis Wratislavie. A simplified name is given, in 1175, as Wrezlaw, Prezla or Breslaw. The Czech spelling was used in Latin documents as Wratislavia or Vratislavia. At that time, Prezla was used in Middle High German, which became Preßlau. In the middle of the 14th century the Early New High German (and later New High German) form of the name Breslau began to replace its earlier versions.

The city is traditionally believed to be named after Wrocisław or Vratislav, often believed to be Duke Vratislaus I of Bohemia. It is also possible that the city was named after the tribal duke of the Silesians or after an early ruler of the city called Vratislav.

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