February 14th, 2008

Onward & Upward

Posted in Blogging by 200

It struck me yesterday that I have now been blogging for 5 months with a post every single day. I can tell you that’s no mean feat. There are times, like today, as I write this at 23.45hrs, that I have nearly missed the deadline.

I took the opportunity to have the web stats emailed to me by the host who provides the webspace for this blog. I have to admit, this was somewhat inspired by Inspector Gadget reaching a massive 1 million hits – well done to him!

In September 2005 I had a total of 60 visitors who visited a total of 176 times and loaded 483 pages. A year later there were 1,347 visitors who visited 5,736 times with a total of over 10,000 pages. By September 2007 I was getting 1,800 unique visitors loading nearly 20,000 pages.

Things are looking even better for 2008; in 2007 I had a total of 220,000 hits (page loads). We’re only  one & half months into the year and already I’ve got 53,000 hits. I can’t even blame this meteoric rise on my friends, colleagues & family since none of them know I do this thing called blogging.

If things go as they have been I’ll be well on my way to 1 million hits some time in 2009, not bad for a little blog which doesn’t have anywhere near the following of the ‘Big Three’. Maybe I should aim for 1 million hits before the 200 weeks is up (which will be in the first half of 2009).

It would be great if more of you ‘quiet’ readers would join in.

Thanks to everyone who told me where they found this blog & how long they’ve been reading it, that post alone got me a record comments list. There’s still time to help me with it, just visit the Home Work post.

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  1. Yoyo says:

    200 I look forward to your posts everyday. The best time though is Monday as I know you would have been writing over the weekend, double the fun for me! Cannot quite put my finger on why I like your blog so much, it’s a certain “Je ne sais quai” or it could be your witticisms, plus the fact that you are very near the end (your career I mean) and I look at your work within the police and only hope I can enter into it with as much enthusiam as you are leaving it!!! Keep it up ol’ boy, you’re nearly there.

    February 15th, 2008 at 10:10

  2. Mark says:

    As a follow on from Yoyo’s comment earlier, what advice would you give to people who are thinking of becoming a police officer. Is it a good career or one to really think twice about?

    February 16th, 2008 at 00:37

  3. Reactively Proactive says:

    If you ask 10 bobbies that question you would get a mixture of replies, but almost all of them would include in them somewhere the words “Yes it is as bad as people say and probably getting worse, but almost none of us would swop jobs for something else. We are all in it together and so we get on with it and have fun on the way”. I know I have many moans and gripes but wouldn’t want to do anything else – except maybe the same job but in australia instead!!

    February 19th, 2008 at 17:56

  4. 200 says:


    that’s a good question. As I come to the end of my career I often ask myself, if you had the time again would you do the same…. I have to say the answer would probably be no.

    Not because of the way the job is, although there are aspects of it which are appalling, I’ve really enjoyed the proper ‘policing’ side of it. It’s because as I’ve gotten older and had the responsibility of raising a family I’ve found that my financial position has not been as good as many of my peers.

    We took a life choice that my wife would give up work & raise the children & we wouldn’t farm them off to family or childminders just so we could maintain our foreign holidays & decent cars – maybe I’ll blog about that some time.

    This means we have a large mortgage & on a single wage (albeit relatively good one) we have had to forgo many things which others take for granted.

    I won’t be encouraging my kids to join the police either.

    February 24th, 2008 at 13:38

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