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A Mad Man With a Blog: 2014 in numbers


2014 wordpress summary

Another year down, and it’s been another year full of blogging. So how did I do in 2014? Let’s have a peak behind the scenes…

Stats

Well, Cllr Floyd Waterworth may not be a fan, but clearly some people are. 2014 saw over 43,000 views on the various posts and pages of this blog, an increase of 138% on last year, and by some margin the best year since I started this blog.

Visitor-wise, the WordPress elves tell me that some 23,400 people visited this blog in 2014, which equates to an average 1.8 posts/pages viewed per person. I’m not sure how accurate it is discerning individual visitors, but by the individual metric it has nearly doubled on 2013.

Posts

This year I published 333 posts (334 including this one). Which is nice, I think.

The top five most viewed posts from this year (excluding the home page, the about page, and the peri-peri veggie burger recipe from nearly two years ago that everyone apparently still loves) were as follows:

  1. Full list of Southend Local Election Candidates 2014 (April)
  2. 02 “The Lion and the Rose” (Game of Thrones season 4) [SPOILERS] (April)
  3. The Southend Tory MP, the expenses claims, and £11k of taking the p*ss (September)
  4. James Duddridge, MP for…Halifax? (March)
  5. Kipperwatch! UKIP thugs trash Labour street stall in Corringham (November)

Internationalism

WordPress apparently tracks the locations from which visitors are viewing the site. Which is nice.

Here are the top five countries from which people viewed this blog in 2014:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. France
  4. Germany
  5. Australia

In news which will surprise nobody, the UK was in first place by a huge margin.

Conclusion

2014 was good. Hopefully, 2015 will be better.

And a happy new year to all my readers!

The Tories’ record on law & order: declining police numbers in Essex


Essex Police

One of the key duties of a government is to keep its citizens safe. Externally, this is down its armed forces and its diplomacy. Internally, by the police. For some reason it seems to historically have been presumed that the Conservatives are the party of law and order.

That is, of course, tosh.

If the sight of a Conservative Home Secretary being booed by the Police Federation isn’t enough, how about a policing budget being cut by 4% per year since the Tories came to power. This is as well as wasting some £100m to elect “Police & Crime Commissioners” (and another 3.7 this month on a by-election for such).

So with all that money coming out of budgets, how have police numbers in the county of Essex been affected? Well, they’ve gone down, obviously.

Read on…

What is the most common first name for a UK Prime Minister?


number 10 door

The answer is William. Yeah…

But since that of itself doesn’t make for a particularly long or interesting blog post, I’m going to dig a bit deeper into this. Warning: this contains stats nerdery (a lot) and politics (a little…rather tangentially). Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Read on…

Heresy of the Week: Is your film too long?


peter jackson

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

The perception of cinema-goers is that films are getting longer. Over the last few decades, blockbusters in excess of two hours have topped box-office rankings, and it seems an expectation has grown up that if a film isn’t long, it isn’t good value.

Read on…