I signed up for blogging because I wanted to do something creative and at the time was in a position where I thought I might be loosing some practice at expressing myself (that sounds rather mid-life-crisisy, but it wasn't).
I've had a look at what I was doing last year. My initial post still stands true - to be frank I didn't know what I was going to blog about, whether anyone would read it and how long I would stick with it. I still don't have a theme. The surprising thing is that in the week between the launch and the end of Aug 2012, made no less than 20 posts (and in that week I got 122 hits). Reading those posts now, they seem a better mix that those I've been posting lately. There are quite a few 'I've just come across this, and isn't it cool?' posts alongside more prepared thought-out ones. I may go back to that pattern - it's more fun.
By September, I thought I needed to create a timetable for posts. It's just as well that I said then that I probably wouldn't be keeping to it, 'cos I haven't! But a bit of discipline wouldn't be too bad a thing. There's been a lack of substance lately...
This brings me to...
This is the 225th published post.
As of 9:05 on 24 Aug 2013, I have had 22,427 hits, which is a number I would have been amazed at a year ago. If it hadn't been this anniversary today, I would have posted on yesterday's landmark of 22,222 hits!
As you can see, the busiest month was May 2013, with 3,359 hits. I put that down to being added to the blog rolls of some high-traffic sites - thanks for following guys, I hope you're enjoying the ride!
The busiest day was 2 Jun 2012, when I had 314 hits. However, unless there's a huge Eastern European interest in hetrodox bishops of the Church of England, I suspect that this was the result of one of those strange Russian websites that direct traffic to random sites for some reason. Judge for yourself whether Renn Dickson Hampden deserves his spot in the blog's top ten visited posts... [It's about time we got another dead bishop. Any requests?].
My post on the Prince of Wales is twice as popular as any other one. Why? And why is that second one the post on the Duke and Duchess of Kent?
As well as being the blog's birthday, it's also my mother-in-law's birthday, my brother's and mine. By a momentous coincidence, it's also my 13th Wedding Anniversary! Yay!
To mark these great events, there will be a prize give-away (and yes, The Wife won the big prize, all those years ago). Details are not certain at the time of writing, but will be announced within a day or so of this post going up. Keep your eyes peeled! I know of at least three giveaways going on at the moment, so I don't apologise if this one is postponed a little
And now over to you...
I've found blogging a rewarding experience and come across some really nice people through it. There does seem to be a sense of community in the blogosphere (dreadful word).
If you have something you want to contribute, please do put it in the comments section. It's nice to know whose out there and what you think. If you like something, tell me so and (crowd-pleaser that I am), you might see more of it! Don't feel left out because 'all the usual suspects' are chipping in.