Archive for September 16, 2013

Five Years in the Dark

Posted in Biographical on September 16, 2013 by telescoper

I came in this morning to find a little message from WordPress pointing out that it’s five years ago today that I first registered on their website and started this blog. They even gave me a logo with a laurel. At least I think that’s what it is.

My first post on September 16th 2008 actually came out second because, with characteristic incompetence, I forgot to press the “publish” button on it before writing another one later the same day. D’Oh!


I’d like to take this opportunity to send my best wishes to everyone, and to thank everyone, who reads this blog, however occasionally. According to the WordPress stats, I’ve got readers from all round the world, including one in the Vatican! If you’re interested in statistics then, as of 9.15 this morning, I have published 2107 blog posts in all, and have received 1,592,554 hits altogether (I get about 1300 per day, but this varies very erratically). There have been 17,650 comments published on here and 356,694 rejected as spam or abuse; a lot goes on behind the scenes that you don’t want to know about!

Anyway, the numbers don’t really matter but it does mean a lot to know that there are people who find my ramblings interesting enough to look at, and sometimes even to come back for more! I’m read by a number of powerful and influential people too, and John Womersley….

Do keep the comments coming. I don’t always have time to respond when a thread gets busy, but I do find it fascinating how the discussion tends to go off in random directions.

It’s the start of Fresher’s Week here at Sussex University, so I’m going to be quite busy today, but I may just have a quiet drink this evening to celebrate!