May 8th, 2012

Is the end in sight?

Posted in Blogging by 200

For this blog, I mean.

Lately I’ve been wondering where this blog is going and whether it has anywhere left to go. It gets that finding something to post about is more a chore these days, and is more difficult.

I’ve been blogging for nearly 7 years, longer than almost any other police blog out there. For nearly 5 of those 7 years I have posted every single day of the year, including Christmas days, holidays, days when I’ve felt like shite or days when I’ve so much real life stuff to attend to that there is hardly a minute in the day to whip up a post.

In all that time I’ve never managed to entice more than 1 to 6 comments, so it’s never been a really popular blog. I find myself wondering whether I have just said all I need to say. I’m not sure there are many more ways to demonstrate that this job is fucked without constantly repeating myself.

I’m getting involved in more things outside work now, which leaves me even less time sitting in front of a computer screen. I’m torn at the moment between giving up all together or just returning to the occasional entry.

I thought it might be nice to make it through to September, just to get the 5 years with a post every day under my belt, so maybe I’ll do that and see how it goes.

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63 comments

  1. bill says:

    “Guilty!” – I very rarely leave a comment, but I follow your blog everyday. I think that might be true of a lot of your readers.

    It would be very easy for me to start off the “No, please don’t go’s” (and mean it,) but that would be unfair of me, as you are the poor bugger doing all the work.

    Whatever you decide 200, just remember that you have given a lot of pleasure to your readers over the years with your articles and your sense of humour.

    I hope, rather than give it up, you will choose to submit the occasional post.

    Cheers, bill

    May 9th, 2012 at 00:08

  2. MPS(n)P says:

    Likewise. I’ve read every post for the last 4 years or so. I think you’d definitely be missed.

    May 9th, 2012 at 01:04

  3. Oi says:

    What Bill said. [which is what I have said in the past] I have been an avid follower and oft-times poster for the bulk of the time the blog has been afloat.

    I have, in fact, wanted to supply you with occasional items that you may have found pertinent, but found there is no working contact link.

    Whatever you decide, I have thouroughly enjoyed the blog.

    May 9th, 2012 at 01:18

  4. Charlie says:

    Same here, I read almost every post but rarely comment.

    Your blog is usually a refreshing change of pace from others, what with the videos and all.

    May 9th, 2012 at 01:45

  5. Charlie says:

    Just to add, it would be great if you manage to get to 5 years posting every day. If not I think you should stick to just the occasional post.

    There’s always more to say (and more wacky American pursuits).

    You’ve been blogging since before I joined the job, before I’d even considered doing so, when I was still a nipper in high school who had no idea what to do with his life. That was a lifetime ago for me and it will be sad to see the end of your blog when it has lasted that long.

    May 9th, 2012 at 01:51

  6. Richard says:

    Like the other posters, I have really enjoyed your posts, but not commented before. As suggested, maybe more infrequent blogs????? say twice a week???

    May 9th, 2012 at 02:36

  7. TEd says:

    I’d like to see it keep going.

    Blogging daily come what may isn’t the best perhaps. Go down to a once a week post and see if it brings a new lease of life?

    May 9th, 2012 at 05:15

  8. h2621563 says:

    I actually read you all the time, even if i don’t leave a comment.

    May 9th, 2012 at 05:51

  9. Ginger Mick says:

    Me too! You’re a regular part of my life.

    May 9th, 2012 at 06:01

  10. Ginger Mick says:

    And 6 comments!

    May 9th, 2012 at 06:05

  11. Karlos says:

    I have read your blog every day and I have really enjoyed it but it must be hard work. I will be sad if you decide to move on but if you do then just wanted to say thanks.

    7 comments, a new record!

    May 9th, 2012 at 06:22

  12. Brother Random says:

    Guilty as charged yer honour

    I read every day, but rarely have anything worth saying.

    As with the commentors above, I won’t say ‘please stay’, it is your blog and your time you give up. You probably have a bigger readership than you (or we) realise.

    May 9th, 2012 at 06:35

  13. Barry says:

    I read your blog every day but rarely comment as I don’t feel what I might have to say would really add much to the topic.

    I think cutting down to once or twice a week would be a good idea. It seems from your post that a post a day has stopped being something you enjoy and has become a chore. If you only post when you want to or if there is a big story in the papers you feel you want to comment on you will probably get your enjoyment of blogging back.

    Also if you don’t mind I would like to suggest that maybe every now and then you tell us some of the stories you must have from your years on the force (obviously only if they don’t identify which force as you still work for them).

    May 9th, 2012 at 06:36

  14. Xam says:

    I concur with everything everybodys said, you obviously enjoy what you write and I certainly enjoy reading it! You have achieved the much sought after double – Quality and quantity!!

    May 9th, 2012 at 07:26

  15. Ex RAD says:

    Likewise, I read it every day but rarely comment. Visitors are more important than comments.

    You’re not an inspector, so do you really have the time to moderate 200 comments every day?

    No need to be an ‘attention whore’ better to be quietly appreciated.

    May 9th, 2012 at 07:28

  16. Fred R. says:

    My firsrt comment as well! I read your blog everyday but must say I could do without some of the video clips.

    May 9th, 2012 at 07:37

  17. Grumpy says:

    I’m yet another reader who never comments despite reading it everyday. Thank you for taking the time & trouble to write about the state of the job. Good luck with whatever you decide.

    May 9th, 2012 at 08:00

  18. Tony Durham says:

    What they all said.I read your blog every day and have introduced you to loads of serving & retired cops.If you’ve had enough I don’t blame you but I hope you do continue.I read Insp Gadget as well and he seems to put something on then leave it for a few days until he has something new to say and if you look at his comments a large number are from people who seem more interested in being first or in the top ten.
    If you do decide to call it a day then thanks for all you have done !

    May 9th, 2012 at 08:15

  19. TunaSunrise says:

    You were about 6 months into posting every day when I first found your blog, and I’ve read it every day since – I even went back and started it from the beginning. I hope you keep it going, but whatever you decide, thank you for the work you’ve put in so far.

    For the record, I’m not so fussed about the poems and the videos, but it’s a been an eye-opener about how the force works behind the scenes, and given me a real appreciation for the difficult job you guys do.

    May 9th, 2012 at 08:30

  20. Somner says:

    Don’t feel that just because you don’t get many comments you don’t have many people who read and appreciate your posts. I’ve been enjoying your blog daily for almost a year now (amongst other blogs) yet I’ve never posted a comment on a blog, ever. Saying that, if you have other things in your life that take priority then it’s understandable that the blog may suffer as a result. After all your personal life is far more important than your blog. I’ll keep reading until the end though.

    May 9th, 2012 at 08:33

  21. Rufus says:

    Another frequent reader but very occasional commenter here (you’re a regular feature of my morning, whatever time of day that is).

    I’ve got to agree with everyone else on here, thank you for the last nearly seven years and if you do decide to knock the every day posting on the head then please don’t just drop off of the web completely.

    May 9th, 2012 at 08:45

  22. Clive Jones says:

    Just to repeat what everyone else has said, your are a regular read, and would be missed. I dont usually comment as I am not in the job, and your regulars tend to be better informed, and more erudite than me. Would rather you posted occasionally than not at all, we all need a reminder that the world is going bloody mad!

    May 9th, 2012 at 09:41

  23. Rurallot says:

    I would be sad to see you go, I’ve read your blog as close to daily as life has allowed.

    I’ve not always had the time to read it, how you’ve had the time to write it so regularly is beyond me & I can understand why you’re starting to get tired.

    Personally I would love to see you carry on (even if, as Barry suggested) it’s only once or twice a week. If you decide to call it a day I would entirely understand it and would like to thank your for your hard work; reading your blog is a pleasure and would be something I miss.

    May 9th, 2012 at 09:43

  24. Jedward (No not that 1) says:

    Guilty

    Daily routine:
    P
    T
    PC: Local online rag to see who got what so victims can be updated,
    Sky news to see what MP has committed what crime, 200 weeks to see if what I think is really true. Once justified in my thinking the day can start or in my case my night can start. Tell everyone what I saw today on 200 weeks.

    Everyday yet this is my first post. Apologies for not encouraging you more.

    Everyday

    May 9th, 2012 at 11:00

  25. joe says:

    what they all said

    May 9th, 2012 at 11:15

  26. Darren says:

    Same as most of the others – I read you every day but never leave comments, not sure why. Guess you kind of say it all really.

    I agree with some other comments that maybe a less frequent blog would rejuvenate you.

    Don`t stop, keep up the good work!

    May 9th, 2012 at 11:18

  27. Reactively Proactive says:

    As above, daily reader – infrequent commenter. I’ve been with you since the first year and have enjoyed reading most of your bloggings. Its a huge feat doing one every day for such a long time. If you do choose to scale it back I hope you keep going to some extent. Its only yours and Gadgets I read as I got tired of the rest. Best wishes with whatever you decide to do.

    May 9th, 2012 at 11:27

  28. rafanon says:

    Do what works for you. I read every day and only comment if I have anything insiteful to say which, If Mrs Rafanon would testify, is not often!

    May 9th, 2012 at 12:12

  29. boy on a bike says:

    what they said

    May 9th, 2012 at 12:23

  30. Gary says:

    I read two police blogs yours and the OTHER one. You each have something valuable to say even though your styles are different.
    What you decide is obviously down to you just give enough warning so that we can search for the replacement!
    I would rather you blogged once a week than never again.

    May 9th, 2012 at 12:25

  31. Oscar says:

    Add another one to those who read but rarely comment!

    May 9th, 2012 at 12:29

  32. matt says:

    like everyone else i read your blog everyday. you will me sadly missed by me and many others.

    do what is best for you

    May 9th, 2012 at 13:00

  33. drsolly says:

    Same here. I read this blog every day. I haven’t commented before because I’m a Mop, so I didn’t feel I could.

    My son-in-law is police, so I wanted to know what he’s facing. Between this blog and a few others, I’ve been shocked to learn what it’s really like. It’s people like you who counter the superficial and badly researched journalism that you get in the newspapers and TV.

    Don’t count the comments. It’s the number reading the blog that matters.

    After the five year mark, I’d suggest, don’t feel that you need to blog every day – just when you feel like blogging. But thanks anyway for all the information you’ve given me.

    May 9th, 2012 at 13:54

  34. MB says:

    What can I say that’s not already been said. I read your blog every day (from Canada)and have always enjoyed it. Although we’ve never met I feel your an “old friend”. Please know that you and Mrs. W. have a place to stay if you ever visit the Ottawa area!

    May 9th, 2012 at 14:14

  35. PS Sussex says:

    I have found your blog to be a very good and sometimes a very funny read over these past few years. Personally I have never felt the need to comment in the past and I imagine there are a lot of other people out there who read your blog and who don’t comment either. What I would say is that if you’re thinking of packing it in then it would be a real shame as I like your style. Whatever you do, thanks for the effort.

    May 9th, 2012 at 14:29

  36. Young Bill says:

    Thanks for the insights into the disembodied voice, that comes out of the radio ( if there’s a signal )

    May 9th, 2012 at 14:54

  37. Lou says:

    Again a daily reader who has yet to comment.
    Must be hard work to blog every day but would appreciate once a week

    May 9th, 2012 at 15:03

  38. Alpha Tango says:

    The comments made before says it all. I have posted when I felt appropriate, but read your blogs all the time.

    Hope you keep going and would say out of the few blogs that I read, you are the only one who has 30 years service!

    May 9th, 2012 at 15:42

  39. Whinger says:

    200,

    There are other Blogs out there, and yes, hardly anyone comments.

    But your Blog is a nice read and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    Whinger.

    May 9th, 2012 at 16:07

  40. PETE THE PLOD says:

    yourself , shijuro and gadget are the real ‘voice’ of policing , it is a great skill to say what thousands are thinking , i do post the occasional reply but there isn’t a lot more can be said when the truth is put so well , whatever you decide thanks for taking the time to tell it as it is WE appreciate the honesty.

    May 9th, 2012 at 16:26

  41. Civ_In_The_City says:

    I`ll still check in every day whatever you decide. Posting when you`re inspired to might make it fun for you again.

    May 9th, 2012 at 16:43

  42. Mad Mick says:

    200,
    Like so many posters above, I read your blog daily, but rarely comment. Yours is one of only three that I regularly read and, as has been mentioned, the pace is such that it makes a nice change. Ideally I want you to post daily, but understand the outside pressures of life etc. Whatever you decide I will still keep checking in. Thanks for the last 7 or so years.

    May 9th, 2012 at 17:12

  43. R/T says:

    200 – I started reading when you actually had 200 weeks to go! I’m down to about 130 myself now. I have read every post since and can only echo what everyone else has said. Good luck on that radio if you decide to stop :o )

    May 9th, 2012 at 17:22

  44. 27 Years Retired says:

    You have got followers, and I did comment on at least one occasion. You were wondering about what you should do when you retired from The Job. I recommended getting something away from the Police, as life can be quite pleasant when you are not working shifts, or being stressed out of your mind. I am full of praise for the work you do; it must be nice to speak to a Controller who knows what you are facing, and can give a helping hand instead of to someone working in a centralised Control who does not know if a town of 12,000 people is actually in their Force area. However, if it is getting at you, and you think you should step aside then do so. I’ll be sorry to see you go, but content if you feel happier when you do. Good Luck

    May 9th, 2012 at 18:32

  45. dickiebo says:

    Many of us read but don’t comment very much. Keep going, man. You know it makes sense!! lol

    May 9th, 2012 at 19:02

  46. Notts Plod says:

    Well, I read Gadget, Not George Dixon, WPC Bloggs and yourself every day. But I never post on either.

    I hope you don’t go. We all know the job is a mess, but it is amusing to see so many different examples.

    But, you should only do it if you enjoy it. If this really is becoming a chore, now is the time to stop.

    May 9th, 2012 at 19:35

  47. Tony F says:

    Well 200, that’s told you! :-)

    May 9th, 2012 at 20:00

  48. Andy W says:

    I too read you every day. However, time is precious and with the way the job is almost definitely squeezing every last ounce out of you maybe you do deserve a rest or just to totally 10.7. I would miss you though!

    May 9th, 2012 at 20:16

  49. Dave says:

    I’ve read every one of your posts for the last 4-5 years. Yours blog and Gadget’s are the only ones worth following.

    And if it makes you feel better, I’ve posted on yours more than his.

    May 9th, 2012 at 20:39

  50. Monkeyboy says:

    200, I have read your blog for the past couple of years and never commented either. Like the other “silent” readers I believe it would be a shame if you stopped now and would miss your posts.
    Regards

    May 9th, 2012 at 21:21

  51. Ian says:

    I look in most days and leave a comment sometimes.
    Good luck whatever you do.

    May 9th, 2012 at 21:59

  52. Matt says:

    200, I’ve been reading your blog and never missed a day. My career has gone the oposite way to yours, Control Room Civvy Staff to Officer. We don’t work for the same force but the peeks and troughs are the same. I’ll miss you if you go but if you’re not enjoying it anymore then I see your point.

    May 10th, 2012 at 08:06

  53. Bob says:

    Bob from Oz here, I read your blog everyday and really enjoy it. Once in a blue moon I post a comment, but only if I really feel I have something relevant to say. Just because people are not posting does not mean people are not reading and enjoying, I reall enjoy your blog.

    May 10th, 2012 at 08:11

  54. Geeorge says:

    You don’t have to post every day, but if you want to try and make it to September, then go for it. Don’t let the blog become something that you dislike.

    And don’t assume that, just because there are no comments, you have no readers: I read your blog regularly and frequently, five times a week, but seldom comment because I don’t always have something to say. It is probable that many other readers feel the same. The mere number of comments is not anyway a valid measure of a blog’s popularity and ill thought-out or trivial comments can detract from the point that a blogger is trying to make.

    Your blog is good reading.

    Best wishes whatever you decide.

    Geeorge

    May 10th, 2012 at 09:58

  55. Sylvia Joyce says:

    Yet another ‘silent’ reader here! Like one or two others who’ve commented on this post, I’m just a MoP so have only once or twice commented myself. Nonetheless, I’ve read your blog from the beginning and would sorely miss you if you decide to stop altogether. IMHO, the smaller number of comments on your posts (compared to such as the good Inspector) makes your blog even more informative and enjoyable, because one can read all the comments also.

    All best wishes for the future to you and yours, whatever you decide to do.

    Sylvia

    May 10th, 2012 at 13:27

  56. Karen says:

    Hello, I have only just discovered your blog but have added it to my favourites and will read it every day now (or every week if you stop blogging daily). I think it is incredibly important that people such as yourself are brave enough and generous enough to take the time to tell it how it is. I would like to say that just as the ‘numbers of arrests’ or ‘numbers of satisfied “customers”‘, are rubbish performance indicators for policing, so ‘number of comments’ is not a very good performance indicator for a blog!! As the others before me have written, I hardly ever post a comment and never on a specialist blog such as this, due to feeling unqualified, basically. There are apps out there that count numbers of visitors to blogs. Perhaps you could use one of those so you don’t feel like you are whistling alone in the dark? Because you are not.
    Best wishes.

    May 10th, 2012 at 19:52

  57. SamYeager says:

    Thank you for all the enjoyable, amusing and interesting posts over the years. Whilst I’ve only made a few comments in that time I’ve always enjoyed checking the daily post.

    I can only repeat what many above have already said – don’t continue if you feel it has become a chore and consider making posts from time to time rather than ceasing to post.

    May 10th, 2012 at 20:11

  58. Moppy says:

    On many blogs that I read i wonder how disheartening it must be to get no comments day after day. I found you via Shijuro and read you both daily. I agree with everyone here that you can only carry on in the way that you enjoy be that daily weekly or when something really gets your goat.

    What ever you decide it has been an eye opening pleasure reading your blog.

    Thank You

    May 10th, 2012 at 20:19

  59. joe says:

    I’ve been an avid reader, every post for at least 2 years, and have read the entire archivr, but never commented, I just don’t have much to add! Would sorely miss seeing your posts, but make it something you enjoy, not a chore

    May 10th, 2012 at 20:43

  60. Asitis says:

    200 nooooooo do not leave us. My wife and I love your blog and the mixed bag you offer us. Seriously, your blog is on the money. Keep up the good work,

    May 10th, 2012 at 22:00

  61. Mrs Asitis says:

    Him above is right for a change, although not very often I have to say :-)

    May 10th, 2012 at 22:03

  62. Gerrunge says:

    You have lots of readers.. I’ve been around for the past couple of years and read the archive too.

    May 11th, 2012 at 17:38

  63. slipnahari says:

    I was only suggested your blog in March of this year and having read that weeks posts, went back to the very beginning and read every single post that you have made over the course of the following few weeks .
    As has already been said numerous times , it’s your time that is used , but it would be a shame to stop completely .

    May 14th, 2012 at 14:14

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