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Goodbye 2006 – This blogging year

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Warning: This post was published more than 10 years ago.

I keep old posts on the site because sometimes it's interesting to read old content. Not everything that is old is bad. Also, I think people might be interested to track how my views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured!

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might have changed in the 10 years since I wrote this post.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Many thanks for your understanding.

This year has been yet another incredible year for this site, and has seen it grow yet further. So, now that it’s almost over, let me indulge in a parochial look back at this amazing year.

Back in 2004, the site generated 282,122 hits. That’s quite impressive. Last year, I was blown away by a final total of 1,202,415 hits. This year, I’ve more than doubled that. The final figures won’t be in till sometime tomorrow, but I’ve certainly had well over 2,500,000 hits this – two and a half million. The site has grown pretty consistently over the year, with this month being the most successful.

All of this is despite there being far fewer posts this year than last. I hope that you’d agree that, whilst there have been fewer posts, each one has been of higher quality. Easily one of the most notable posts of the year come in February, when I was one of only a very few UK outlets to publish the infamous Denmark cartoons, sparking a response bigger than anything the site has ever seen before, contact with the Reuters news agency, and a Google ranking higher which was the stuff of dreams. The comment thread still continues to grow.

Also this year, I’ve been featured in Iain Dale’s book as one of the country’s top politcal bloggers, ranking me higher than Jeffrey Archer, Melanie Phillips, and David Aaronovitch, I’ve won a Bloggy Award, I’ve worked with the country’s number one political blogger Guido Fawkes on a local political scoop, and I’ve been picked out by Channel 4 News as a ‘blog of interest’. And all this for spouting my often ill-conceived opinions to a global audience. Oh, and the site’s now making a profit for the first time, despite having no big flashy banner ads or Google Adwords – just plain, honest recommendations and an all-new toolbar with ‘shopping’ links.

So, after a spectacular year, there’s really only one things that remains to be done. And that is to thank you, my readers, for your continued support throughout the year. I thank you for your reading, your commenting, and even for those times we’ve disagreed. Thank you for it all – you make it worthwhile and fun.

I’ll be back here in 2007 – I hope you will be too.

This 1,025th post was filed under: Blogging, Site Updates.






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What I’ve been reading this month (published 2nd June 2017)

Doctors and men (published 12th May 2006)

NHS: Spreading infection to save 0.275p (published 14th April 2007)

Photo-a-day 312: Bow (published 8th November 2012)

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Comments and responses

Comment from Coire


by Coire

Comment posted at 01:39 on 3rd January 2007.

Congratulations chuck! Hope the coming year just gets brighter and better!!


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 01:43 on 3rd January 2007.

Thanks Coire! Saw your picture up at James Cook today!


Comment from Coire


by Coire

Comment posted at 23:02 on 10th January 2007.

do you mean the one where we’re looking really studious? We weren’t being – they’d just given us our FoCP Clinical timetables etc, we couldn’t make head nor tail of them!


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 23:08 on 10th January 2007.

Yeah yeah, that’s what they all say… you swats! 😉


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