Post #1000!

Applause1000 posts! In 22 months, that’s just under two posts per day. Not bad.

I wish I had an exciting announcement to make. Really I do. I considered a re-design, but I’m actually quite happy with the website at the moment. A couple of bugs need fixing, most notably the category links, but other than that it’s going well. I’m also not moving to Australia, gay, or pregnant. In lieu of anything terribly exciting…metablogging!

Would it be wanky of me to go through the most popular posts? I’m going to do it anyway. Comment-wise Stepping Backwards, regarding an apparently common display problem, holds the crown; then there’s Data Protection Agency Services, an early post warning about a scam letter that a good number of people are taken in by; and finally The Face of Local Politics, in which we were visited by a Famous Person. Views-wise, I’ve only been collecting stats for a few months so can’t supply anything very useful. Google Earth is currently way in the lead, though. This, perhaps unsurprisingly, gets regular traffic too.

1000 posts comes at an interesting time. A year ago this Friday was the worst day of my life so far. It completely wrecked me for a long time, and I don’t pretend to know whether I’m over it yet. Blogging has helped – even if nobody had been reading, it still felt good to say it. Since then many good things have happened, as well some unpleasant ones. I went to America, started dancing, grew a beard, shaved the beard (few noticed), and by pure chance came across somebody rather lovely. The website got a major redesign; I discovered flickr, the power of RSS and podcasting; I Joined, evangelised, flew, was published and spent more time than is healthy looking at penguins. It’s been a busy 12 months!

So what am I going to do now? I’m going to get serious about writing, at least until christmas. It’s always been there in the back of my mind, and nothing compares to the satisfaction I get from it. I can afford to support myself for a while, and if there’s ever an opportunity to really go for it, now’s the time. So I will.

Before christmas, though, I fancy a holiday. Probably in August, after my A-level results come in. I was looking at New York, but it could be a little pricey to stay for a week. Anybody have any cunning tips / suggestions / tickets?