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This Blogging Month: January

This is a new monthly feature, where I’ll summarise the site news and stats for the preceeding month.

January saw the highest number of unique visitors in the site’s history, and one of the highest numbers of hits in history – well over 40,000, compared with just 5,000 in January 2004. This takes the overall number of hits since Jul 2003 (when I moved to this domain) to just over 384,000. Advertising and Amazon referrals have performed very strongly this month, much better than usual and much better than expected, with a 131% profit over and above the cost of maintaining the site.

January was also the first month in my blogging life where I’ve managed to post every day. So there’s been plenty of stuff to read.

Since my last update, I think I’ve finally finished tweaking the design of the site by adding a few icons in place of text links, one of which is for a new ‘Printable Version’ feature. I’ve also added a tool whereby you can subscribe to Comments sections for a particular post – that is, once you’ve posted a comment, you can tick a box to say that you’d like to be informed of any further comments on that post. You can now also see some stats in the ‘About this Blog’ section of the sidebar.

I think that’s about all I’ve got to tell you for this month’s update. Keep reading the blog!

This 286th post was filed under: Site Updates.

Half empty

There is tremendous value in having a loser friend – someone far worse off than you, who is slightly in awe and worshipful of your life. You complain about this friend constantly and your other friends get annoyed and say, “I don’t get it. Why are you still friends with that person?”

So everybody has a loser friend, then? I thought it was just me. But there we go.

This 285th post was filed under: Miscellaneous.

Paxman attacks BBC over 15% cuts in news budget

For an organisation whose first duty is to inform, cutting the BBC’s news budget by over 15% seems a particularly strange decision to make, even if cuts are being made across the rest of the organisation. The News budget should come first, and should be being ever increased (as the overall income increases), certinaly not cut.

This 284th post was filed under: News and Comment.

Jackson in court for abuse trial

If the jury in the trial of Michael Jackson doesn’t find him guilty, I’ll be extremely surprised.

But the real question is whether he actually is guilty, and I suspect not. Though it’s just a hunch.

This 283rd post was filed under: News and Comment.


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