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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 59 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 198 posts. There were 18 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 6th with 67 views. The most popular post that day was My Favourite Picture of Sue.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, facebook.com, rtfitch.wordpress.com, twitter.com, and s1.zetaboards.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for heritage softail, softail heritage, sherwood chapter, harley davidson heritage softail, and wedding menu.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


My Favourite Picture of Sue May 2009


Our Bikes – Part 2 – Heritage Softail April 2008


Why I Resigned From Sherwood Chapter Committee December 2008


Gareth and Emma’s Wedding August 2009


Railway Walks – Cornwall – The Birth Of Steam October 2008
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I’m Back!

Yes, I know, it’s been a very long time since I last posted anything on this blog. I make no apology for this as a number of real world issues have been getting seriously in the way of such frivolity.

I read a lot online and in the real world about writers block. I have, on odd occasions experienced it, but that hasn’t been the problem for me. I have had loads that I have wanted to say but haven’t had the time, energy or inclination to sit down here and write.

Something changed today and here I am. The cause of that change will be the subject of my next post, although probably not from this computer – my desktop machine nosedived into the ground over the weekend and I typing this on an aged laptop.

How do people cope with these tiny keyboards?

Ride Safe

Day 29 – Giving Up Geeking?

OK, I’m a bit of a geek, especially at work. I have a work blog as well as this personal one. (That hyperlink is a shallow attempt to increase visits to that blog by tempting you to click onto it. If you are gullible enough to have done this, you will notice that it opened up in a new window. That’s because I am also arrogant enough to believe that what I have to say here is important enough that you will want to quickly and easily come back to this page.

I also have both personal and work Twitter presence, and use Tweetdeck to manage them both at the same time. I have a personal Facebook profile and a Facebook Page  for work . 

Although I have been careful to keep personal and work separate across most of my online life, somehow I have blurred the differences between my personal and work Facebook presence. Perhaps its the way that Facebook works in that you send or receive a “Friend Request” that has to be accepted. Once accepted, it is hard to later “Unfriend” that person without feeling that you could be hurting their feelings.

Or is that just me? After all, two of my three sons “unfriended” me from Facebook. (And yes, I was upset).

Today, I was invited to go to a forum in Derby where a group of volunteer managers had been invited to come along and find out more about using digital media in their work. In less than a couple of hours, I tried to give an overview of some the kinds of things that are online to help them in their work. Then I went on to try to introduce Facebook, Twitter and blogging.

It fairly quickly became clear that some people in the room were probably using social networking as much as me and knew at least as much as I did.

Others had no idea what I was on about.

As a self-confessed geek, I came away worried that I had not very effectively “sold” the potential of social networking. I wonder if I have become too immersed in the online world to fully understand that many people are at the same point that I was only about two and a half years ago when I took my own very delicate first steps into this world where I now feel fully at home.

So today’s “giving up” isn’t going to be my place in this world, but giving up any (unintentional) attitude that everyone else is part of it too.

Biscuit Update for Regular readers

Today there were both biscuits and cake (very nice-looking cake too). I stuck to the sandwiches before polishing off a fruit kebab.

It seems that I also missed a very nice cake back at work today.

Ride Safe

Missed Milestone

Sometime in the middle of last month, this blog had it’s 10,000th visit.

I have no idea who it might have been, but I find it quietly amazing that so many people have been to read at least some of the random thoughts of this particular old curmudgeon.

Thank you your visit, whether its your first or whether you are a regular here.

Ride Safe

I’m Getting My Life Back

Tha last few months have been the busiest that I can remember for some time.

As well as my wonderful new job in Swadlincote, we have had visitors over from Denmark, been to Thoresby Hall for a wonderful weekend. Sue has also changed her job, we’ve test driven a Smart car, been to a wedding and handfasting on Dorset and survived Volunteers Week.

I’m amazed at how much of this has been captured here on the blog – although its initial purpose of recording no more than trains and bikes and occasionally, music has been swept aside by everything else.

I still have to write about our Dorset Wedding, but the Volunteers Week adventures are being recorded over at the Volunteer Centre South Derbyshire blog.

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Milestones Missed

It should have been cause for great celebration, many fanfares and cakes, but I miserably failed to note that this blog has passed its first birthday and that it is now weighed down with it’s hundredth post. (This is actually number 102.)

I feel sure that no-one, including me, will be really upset that I missed these milestones, but I feel that their arrival should have been marked in some small way.

This is it.


Ride Safe


5000th Visitor

Sometime on Easter Sunday, the  5000th visitor arrived here. I apologise that I didn’t have the red carpet out, but I was busy having a great time with our visitors.

When I started writing this blog just a year ago, I couldn’t see that anyone would want to read this. I know that, compared to the great and good of the blogosphere, 5000 visitors is is nothing, but it means a lot to me, so whether you’re a regular, or whether this is your first visit to these shores, thank you.

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