Conditions were superior during that interval
-Corr, speaking of some past period of time
It is that time again. Another blog anniversary has rolled around. I have now been doing this for fourteen years.
Fourteen seems like a long time. It is about a quarter of my life at this point. But, then again, beyond a certain age you find a lot of things that have hung around for significant fractions of your life. I’ve been driving my current car for 17 years, I’ve been married for 21 years, I have shirts in my closet that still fit that pre-date the blog even. And don’t get me started on the little things that collect around the house, items that do not have any real value but which I hang on to for whatever reason, like the front license plate to my first car, which was towed off to the junk yard back in 1986.
So, in a way, fourteen years doesn’t seem like all that long ago. Also, the number fourteen doesn’t strike me with much in the way of inspiration. Sure, it is the sum of two prime numbers and the age I was when I started high school. I’ve also had a job pretty much continuously since I was 14. But nothing really struck me for a post title besides Wilson’s fourteen points. Me and history.
I’m also a bit lost for a graphic representing that number. Thirteen had the whole bad luck superstition around it, and fifteen at least has a Taylor Swift song going for it, but fourteen… I suppose there is a state highway 14. Whatever.
Past efforts, with better titles, if you are interested.
- 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
- Nine is a Magic Number
- A Decade Under the Influence of Online Games
- The Dozens
- The Thirteenth Floor
Like so many things on this site, there is now a set pattern of items I share annually, so we might as well get on with it.
The same thing every year, looking at how the various needled moved over the last dozen months.
Days since launch: 5,114 (+366)
Posts total: 5,609 (+394)
Total Words: 4,378,757 (+411,478 words, not including this post)
Average words per post: 781 (+20)
Post Likes: 12,090 (+2,578)
Average posts per day: 1.097 (-0.01)
Comments: 33,780 (+1,329)
Average comments per post: 6.03 (-0.19)
Average comments per day: 6.61 (-0.23)
Spam comments: 1,482,548 (+18,381)
Average spam comments per day: 289.90 (-23.1)
Comment signal to noise ratio: 1 to 43.8 (-1.8)
Comments written by me: 6,857 or 20.3%
Images uploaded: 16,210 (+1,635)
Space used by images: 1.5 GB of my 3 GB allocation (49%)
Blog Followers: 1,888 (-40)
Twitter Followers: 775 (-1)
Tumblr Followers: 34 (+0)
US Presidents since launch: 3
British Monarchs since launch: 1
Prime Ministers of Italy since launch: 7
For some of you that will be enough stats. Others will want to dive deeper, which you can do after the cut.