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Three years and still ‘trying’.

Posted by Big John on December 27, 2006

It is now three years since my daughter set up a blog for me and gave me the ‘nom de blog’ of ‘bigjohn‘. At the time she thought that it might help to keep me out of mischief after my retirement.

“OK”, I said “I’ll give it a try”, never believing that I would ever find enough to write about or that anyone would be interested in the ramblings of a grumpy old fart like me.

Much to my surprise, I find that three years later, I have written nearly 1,000 posts, have had well over 2,000 comments and have received almost 200,000 hits, although I suspect that this last figure may be open to question as most of these ‘hits’ were when I was with ‘blog-city’ and they are still showing that I am getting ‘hit’ at an average rate of 300 per day despite the fact that I no longer post there.

I must confess that I am beginning to slow down a bit and have considered departing from the ‘blogosphere’, but have decided that I will plod on for a bit longer (I’ll try not to repeat myself too often) as I do enjoy ‘meeting‘ all you interesting people out there. Not to mention the pleasure it gives me being able to let off steam and rant about the bloody ‘royals’ … our crap politicians … etc. etc.

So all I can say is … Thanks a lot for spending time with me … and …

 …     Please keep watching this space.



6 Responses to “Three years and still ‘trying’.”

  1. Betty said

    My goodness, John, don’t stop blogging. Reading blogs from around the world is the best way to find out what’s really going on.

  2. Jay said

    You can’t quit now dude, I just got here! Oh sure, there might three years worth of blogging for me to catch up on, but after that what would I do? Sorry, but nobody is allowed to leave the blogosphere. It’s like the Hotel California. You can check anytime you like, but you can never leave. Or something like that.

  3. Happy (virtual) birthday

  4. anan said

    Really, John, it would be such a disappointment to come here and find an empty spot without your wit and good humour. Please do consider staying on, if only to keep up global sanity a bit…PLEAAASSSE!

  5. Ginnie said

    I echo the others, John. Don’t you dare leave us!
    By the way, I tried to find the great picture that you posted a few months back showing the three children who were very unhappy at having their picture taken … and I couldn’t find it.(One was your Uncle, I believer.) Was it on your old blog and how do I get it? I want to compare it with a very funny picture that my oldest sister (age 80) sent to me as a Christmas gift.

  6. Big John said

    Thanks for the kind comments friends.

    Nice to hear from you again Anan.

    Ginnie – You can find that photo at Please feel free to use it if you wish to.

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