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This Blogging Month: March

This month, given that I’ve had a week off, one would have expected that the stats would be down on previous months. But this is, apparently, not the case. Not only have we had the biggest number of hits in the site’s history (over 70,000), we’ve also had a record number of unique visitors. On top of that, we’ve reached the very signficant milestone of half-a-million hits since the launch of sjhoward.co.uk in July 2003. Despite this, we’ve not recorded a huge turnover: Just a 3% profit this month, thanks to our Google advertising and Amazon referrals: This could well be due to the fact that I haven’t written as many review this month, but I’m not about to change what I write just to fit in with the advertising model for the site.

I’ve sorted out the Comments feature which had gone somewhat awry: You can now actually leave comments without them disappearing into cyberspace. It was all down to me creating some kind of endless moderation loop. Oops. But, as I said, it’s all sorted now. You may also have noticed that the visitor counter got stuck and was eventually removed. I think it had trouble with counting tens-of-thousands of you! I’ll try and find a suitable replacement and get it up and running, but unitl then you can continue to get stats updates in these monthly posts.

You’ll have noticed that the archives are ordered back the way they used to be: Monthly archives are in chronological order, and the post categories are in reverse chronological order, so that you see the most recent post in a given category first. I hope that this seems logical to you, as it seems that way to me. You will also now find a complete index of all posts on one handy page – just click ‘Full Index’ in the archives column to the left.

So not many changes this month, but that’s to be expected as the lastest incarnation of the site finally beds down. And that, I suppose, is March.

This post was filed under: Site Updates.

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    10.49, 03/04/2005

You’ll notice that the old security-code system is back too, now, in order to help prevent comment spam. I hope it doesn’t present too much of a problem to you, though I know it makes life difficult for those who have visual impairments. Unfortunately, though, I can’t currently come up with any more practical suggestion of how to effectively combat comment spam, so we’re stuck with it.




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