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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.
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  • Factual information might be outdated.
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Many thanks for your understanding.

I’ve now been blogging for a total of three years. That is pretty incredible – it doesn’t seem a week since I first posted on The LBSC, let alone since I first went independent. It’s always difficult to know what to post for these parochial, ever so slightly meaningless anniversaries.

My first anniversary of posting was met with this post, and the announcement that those first hundred posts were to be released in a very limited-edition book, Tilly Talks, which has long since sold out. On this third anniversary, I can (in a somewhat bemused way) announce that the book is currently in the process of being extensively re-edited, and will be out on general release later this year (though hopefully not too much later!) as The Tilly O’Shea Thing. The idea of me having a book out in the shops is so bizarre that I’m not saying much more about it until it’s released – and then, readers here will be the first to know.

My second anniversary was marked with a revisit of my 99-point list of ambitions. Given that most have them have changed, and that reading the list is rather tedious, I’ve decided not to do that.

Instead, I’m just going to post a few facts and figures. Over three years, I’ve made 871 posts – a bit less than one a day – consisting of almost 200,000 words – about 175 per day, or about a novel a year. Over the last year, the site’s popularity has astounded me. In the year May 2004 to April 2005, the site received 378,630 hits – at the time, I thought that was phenomenal, showing as it does over 1,000 hits per day. From May 2005 to April 2006, the site received 1,573,243 hits. One and a half million! That’s well over 4,000 per day! Where are all of these people coming from, and what do they want with my random ramblings?

Anyway, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers for their ongoing support. If you’re still here in three years’ time, hopefully I will be too!

This 870th post was filed under: Site Updates.






More posts worth reading

What I’ve been reading this month (published 4th March 2017)

What I’ve been reading this month (published 6th February 2017)

What I’ve been reading this month (published 31st December 2016)

Photo-a-day 124: Tesco, alcohol and service (published 3rd May 2012)

Photo-a-day 26: Yorkshire sunrise (published 26th January 2012)

Graham Norton on being mugged (published 7th January 2012)

Review: Public Parts by Jeff Jarvis (published 30th April 2014)


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