Yes, I was testing you… it’s nine. And that’s a magic number
-Dewey Finn, School of Rock, misquoting Schoolhouse Rock
However the magic being referenced here is mostly a product of stubbornness or persistence or force of habit as opposed to anything that one would find amazing or entertaining.
Yes, here we are again, another anniversary, the ninth time through this sort of post. If I were married to the blog, something my wife might suggest was the case at times, Hallmark would be suggesting I buy it something of pottery or willow or perhaps leather if you prefer the modern view. Instead all it is getting is words, just like every year.
But just to keep on the video game theme, WordPress.com even popped up an achievement for me at 17:05 UTC, which I guess is when I clicked the create button nine years back.
“Good blogging” is making something of an assumption there I suppose, but I appreciate the sentiment I guess.
Meanwhile, past runs through this sort of post for those who just need to know what came before.
- A Year of Living Noobishly
- Two Years Below the Masthead
- Three Years We Grew in Virtual Sun and Shower
- Four Years In, No Further From Noobdom
- Heroic Results of the First Five Year Plan
- But Now I am Six, I’m as Clever as Clever
- The Seven Year Kvetch
- Eight Years of Link Rot
I think I have settled down into a pretty regular pattern at this point. I went well out of my way with some stats in the early years, in part because they were easy to derive with only a year or two of data to sift through. Now I just present what is close to hand and hope for the best.
An attempt to quantify what I have done here in the last twelve months. The change over last years totals are noted in parentheses.
Days since launch: 3,287 (+365)
Posts total: 3,707 (+360)
Average posts per day: 1.13 (-0.02)
Comments: 25,558 (+2,346)
Average comments per post: 6.9 (+0.0)
Average comments per day: 7.8 (-0.1)
Spam comments: 1,277,992 (+104,525)
Average spam comments per day: 388.8 (-12.8)
Comment signal to noise ratio: 1 to 50 (-0.6)
Comments written by me: 2,994 or 11.7%
Images uploaded: 9,259 (+1244)
Space used by images: 2.1 GB of my 3 GB allocation (70%)
Eventually we’re going to need a bigger boat or something for all the picture I upload.
Further stats, summaries, a mildly off-the-rails semi-rant, and a forward looking statement are hidden below because I seem to be going on and on this year. ~4,000 words after the cut for those interested in such things.