It hardly seems possible, yet another year draws to a close and just like all of us the blog grows a year older!
Incredibly the site now gets around two million hits every month! 😯 Of course these readers come from a diverse range of sources, stuff like: WordPress Plugin users; disappointed BMW run-flat tyre drivers; cake eating connoisseurs; and most importantly, adventurers! 😛 And what a lot of adventure and fun we’ve all been having in the past year…
Yet another year of adventuring is drawing to an end. 🙁 However, spring isn’t that far away and the rock climbing shoes can come out to play again soon! 😛
So for now lets hope the rest of the winter is as cold and fair as it has been so far. Just as soon as Xmas is out of the way we can get on with the serious business of climbing ice – which we all know is just (arm) training for rock climbing. Then all we need to do is hope that spring 2011 is as dry as it was in 2010. Who’d have thought the Lakes could suffer a hose pipe ban?
The eagerness to check the blog every day to see what adventures people have had is still there; the excitement when there’s a new adventure report is as big as ever, it’s like playing a small part in or experiencing a little of that adventure too!
Yet another year is nearly over, and it’s been a really wet year – November saw record rainfall and devastating floods in Cumbria. But it wasn’t just November that was wet, the summer was dismal too, making any climbing ambitions almost impossible to achieve (although Jon had a Grand year!). Why is it that the few dry sunny days that we did enjoy always seemed to be during the week? Work always gets in the way – work sucks! :angry: The plan to deal with that is sorted – next year we’ll work much less and climb much more! 😛
With another year passing the blog is another year older; a grand old age of four!
Here are a few highlights from the past year of blogging…
- This blog has seen over one million hits every month since first hitting that milestone back in February. And that popularity is still growing (so much so that the site’s web host has started strangling the use of computing resources). In November we nearly topped 1.5m hits.
- The blog’s index page has achieved a Google pagerank of seven! Some of this is down to the popularity of the WordPress plug-ins that I have developed (and shared) to help make this site look and operate the way it does. But much is because the blog has frequent updates with great content that others link to. 😉
- There have been nearly 300 reports from 23 different countries written by 17 authors.
The eagerness to check the blog every day to see what adventures have been had is still there; the excitement when there’s a new adventure report is as strong as ever, it’s almost like playing a small part in or experiencing a little of the adventure too!
Keep visiting. But most of all, get out and have an adventure to keep those reports coming… 😀
The first post on the Sterling Adventures Blog was created two years ago on 28th December 2005. Although the web site itself was only launched in March 2006. So, a bit like the Queen, we have two birthdays – 28th December and 16th March.
Whatever the exact date, back when the blog was conceived the catalyst for it’s creation was to keep in contact with our friend’s adventures around the world, and vice versa. And wow it’s grown! More “The Blog’s Two Years Old”
Today marks a significant leap forward in Sterling Adventures blogging…
Sterling Adventures is a year old! (A bit like the Queen, we have two birthdays – 28th December and 16th March.) And to mark that anniversary, we have moved hosting service, saved some money (so long as the UK to US exchange rate stays favourable), and found a host that supports MySQL databases (and therefore WordPress) at no extra cost. Thus we now have the platform for a fully fledged blog service. Check it out – register if you want to blog yourself
(Your Reports), subscribe to the RSS feed if you want to check out our adventures regularly, or just pop back whenever you can to see what we’ve been up to!
We started with Apple’s iWeb blog (Sterling Adventures v1.0) and now we have a WordPress powered blog (v2.0). Good luck and enjoy! 🙂