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Sorry, No Posts for a Month

23 Jul

I’m off to London on Monday for three weeks. 🙂

I hope to have lots of interesting experiences to blog about when I return.

Will be going to Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” so you may see a review of that.  Hoping to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum as well.

Look forward to posting interesting things when I return.

Take care and be good. 😉

2014 in review

4 Jan

For a statistics freak like me, this really did make for interesting reading. 🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

It’s A Small World

15 May

I was looking at my blog statistics this morning and my attention was drawn to the fact that someone from Tunisia has been reading my blog today.  Hello to my Tunisian reader.  I hope you enjoyed what you read and will return again. 🙂

I was inspired to go and look at the statistical breakdown of where my readers come from.  I was blown away by what I read.

Seeing as WordPress is an American site, it is no surprise that my largest readership of 2,223 views is from the United States.  My next four: United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand also make sense, as they are also countries where English is the principle language.  Yes, I realise Canada is officially bilingual.  Don’t be picky.

It was after this that I got truly mind blown.  It is humbling to think that people in countries like Kazakhstan, Nepal, Honduras, Moldova, and Iceland are reading my blog and enjoying it.  Mind you, maybe not enjoying it so much, as many of them have only visited once.  However, thank you all for coming, even the once.  It is a pleasure and an honour to get to talk to you from Australia.

I do wonder why people read my blog sometimes.  I know I have a lot of readership from Sherlock fans, and Sherlock fans are damn near a universal constant these days.  Not to mention Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman fans.  Oh, and Graham Norton fans, because not a day goes past when someone doesn’t arrive at my blog whilst searching for the elusive Graham.

But a lot of my blogs are on books I’ve read, typically Aussie things, and thoughts I’ve had.  It really does amaze me that people seem to find the meanderings of my mind both interesting and entertaining.

What I am trying to say is, thank you for reading, and for letting me reach out to you from my small part of the world to yours.

Apologies

14 May

I was all set to do a blog post this morning…and then had computer issues that left me unable to get online for over an hour.

As a result, the only thing I am in the mood to blog is a long string of expletives.

As soon as the steam stops coming out of my ears, and my blood pressure drops to normal levels, I will be back blogging.

Blogging About Sherlock

17 Feb

It seems at the moment that the most popular thing I could possibly write about is the BBC show “Sherlock”.  My blog statistics for the last week are overwhelmingly Sherlock related.

The most popular tag has been Sherlock itself.  People seeming voracious for anything related to the show.

The BBC was next most searched for.  I am assuming the BAFTAs had something to do with that.  Because that tag exploded into the stats yesterday.

Next off the rank was Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.  People interested in my blogs about both characters equally.  Which makes sense to me, because in my mind you can’t have one without the other.

There were searches for both Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, though these two are almost always in my statistics, so it cannot necessarily be taken as being definitively Sherlock related.

The thing that interested me was the searches for the tags Johnlock, Fan Fiction, and AU.  It seems that people also want to read other peoples opinions on the subject of fan fiction.  Thanks to those reading those blog posts, it lets me know I’m on the right track with my occasional series of blogs on Sherlock alternate universe fan fiction. 

I do find it very interesting that people are interested in reading blogs on literary characters turned TV characters.  It shows that the appeal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters is universal and enduring.  It isn’t just the appeal of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, either.  I find that when I do blogs that are book reviews of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, they get a lot of hits as well.  More than any other book reviews I do.

I can confidently say that there will be more Sherlock and Sherlock Holmes blog posts in the future.  Many, many more.  Thanks for reading.

Apologies

6 Feb

I am sorry for barely any activity on the blog this week.

We’ve been without an internet connection for almost two days.  A first world problem, I know, but one that has nearly driven over the main peak of Mount Insanity.

Normal service will be resumed from Monday (in the antipodes), hopefully with a blog post on the Sherlock episode “The Sign of Three”.

Hi Honey, I’m Home!

26 Nov

Hi guys.

I’ve been up in Sydney enjoying a break with one of my best friends.

Now I’m back with loads of ideas for blogs, and a Sherlock plot bunny.

Keep watching this space. 🙂

Ouch and Apologies

12 Nov

Sorry for there not being a blog post from me for over a week.

I had an accident last week that resulted in my hurting my ribs (amongst other things) and with the pain and general “couldn’t give a stuffedness” generated by the painkillers, I haven’t been in a head space to write anything.

I promise you that I haven’t abandoned you. 

I will be back as soon as I feel up to it.

 

Contemplating my Statistics

10 Oct

I’m finding myself more and more fascinated by the Last 7 Days statistics that WordPress supplies each blogger.

This week has seen some interesting traffic on my blog.  The post with the most readers this week was “NCIS in Australia” https://margysmusings.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/ncis-in-australia/  Referencing NCIS seems to draw a lot of readers in.  Shows just how popular the show still is.

My book review posts have got a lot of traffic.  This is good.  I do like to know that what I have read is of interest to people.  It encourages me to do more book review posts.

Interestingly, some of my much older blog posts have been read this week.  https://margysmusings.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/a-skirt-full-of-hedgehogs/ (8th April) and https://margysmusings.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/the-private-life-of-sherlock-holmes/ (1st April) both got several readings this week.

It is so hard sometimes to know what to blog about that will hold people’s attention.  I am not a niche blogger writing on just one subject, so by definition I will have a smallish readership, because the book people won’t find my occasional style blog interesting, and the style people won’t find my personal reminiscences interesting.  But if I tried to limit myself to one subject I would get bored very quickly.  You’d find me either shooting smiley faces on the wall, or in a corner wearing one of those pretty jackets with wrap around sleeves. I’m pretty sure it’s damn near impossible to type wearing one of those jackets… unless you use your nose to type.

Please, if there is something I write that you really enjoy, then do let me know.  Every piece of feedback helps me know that my blog is reaching out and entertaining, because that was all I really wanted from this endeavour in the first place.

Blog Statistics and Paul Darrow

26 Sep

I freely admit that the statistics for my blog fascinate me.  I can never predict just what is going to get good readership, except for anything involving Benedict Cumberbatch.  Then my readership goes through the roof.  If he ever stops being popular, God help my blog.

This week I have noticed something curious with the search engine statistics.  These stats tell me what internet searches are leading people to my blog, presumably so I can tag my posts more effectively.  What it actually is is a wet dream for anyone who loves statistics, ie me.  For some reason this past week the world has been fixated on the actor Paul Darrow.  Everyday there is at least one search for Paul Darrow that leads some poor sod to my blog.  I do hope they’re enjoying their visits.

I have one burning question, well two really.  Why Paul Darrow?  Why now?

He hasn’t died.  After the first few searches I went into panic induced internet search mode in case he’d toppled off his perch and I wasn’t aware of it.

For those that don’t know, Paul Darrow was one of the stars of the 1970’s BBC science fiction series “Blake’s 7”.  His character was the thoroughly unlikeable Kerr Avon.  It goes without saying that Kerr Avon became the most popular character in the show.

However, “Blake’s 7” screened over 30 years ago, so why the sudden internet interest in one of the stars? 

All I can think is that it is an offshoot from ComicCon in Cardiff, Wales the other week.  Friends who attended lost no time in telling me that he’d been there.  Pretty sure my wail of envious anguish could be heard in the UK.

It’s all it can be.  My own internet searches have revealed no news about Paul that could have lead people to my blog.

Whatever the reasons, it is nice to see an actor I admire so much once again the focus of attention.  If that attention brings people to my blog, then that’s just a happy benefit for me.

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