Happy New Year!

I was waiting for WordPress to publish the annual statistical summary page for this blog, like it has every year since I started here in 2008 but they seem to have discontinued that practice so I’ll just post the following message instead:

On this I occasion I am reminded of the following reassuring words from the diary of Tsar Nicholas II:

“The year 1916 was cursed; 1917 will surely be better!”

PS. I checked the blog stats myself. I got about 375,000 hits this year, just over a thousand a day, with just under 200,000 unique views. That’s a bit down on last year but that’s not surprsing as I’ve had more gaps in transmission than in previous years.

In 2016 there were 2427 comments on this blog, up about 10% on last year.

Altogether since this blog started in 2008, it has been viewed 2,958,117 times so I should get to 3 million by February!

4 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. 2016. Lots of people want to jump on the band wagon and proclaim it the worst year ever or at the least a bad year.
    “Look at all the great people who died!” they say.
    Sure lots of celebrities died of age or poor life choices but that does not effect me nor you truly. We did not know these people. They did not know or care about us. Their work may or may not have meant something to you but that lives on. Your life will not change for their passing.
    “But Trump!” they wail.
    No politician or election should determine your happiness. You think half the country wasn’t feeling just this way with the election of Obama? He did not bring the end of days nor will Trump. You are still the single leading source of your own destiny. 2016 has not changed that.
    In truth life is a stormy sea of pain and despair no matter what the year. What keeps us going are those beacons of hope and love. The lighthouses guiding us to a safe harbor, no matter how brief, that give us a chance to gather strength before facing the tempest again.
    Our families glad at our return, the laugh with a good friend at a joke only you and they would think is funny, a helping hand given without thought of recompense, such things are what matter.
    These things are eternal regardless of the dates on a calendar. Death is coming for us all and all too soon. Focus on those things that have meaning.

  2. Any reason my previous post was unsuccessful? Took a great deal of thought to write it.

  3. “I was waiting for WordPress to publish the annual statistical summary page for this blog, like it has every year since I started here in 2008 but they seem to have discontinued that practice”

    It’s no longer needed since it is clear that no-one posted more comments than I did!

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