Thinking allowed — 23 February 2018

Here’s the annual blogging statistics for 2017 and the goals for this year, which, incidentally will be CabbieBlog’s 10th year in cyberspace. According to research, there are over 2 million blog posts published daily (MarketingProfs), and while the average blog post takes 3 hours 16 minutes to write (OrbitMedia), having spent all that time working, the median average time spent reading an article is a mere 37 seconds (NewsCred).

SO, GIVEN that, I’m mighty pleased you have reached this far in what is CabbieBlog’s most self-regarding post of the year.

I have now retired after pushing my cab around London for twenty-two years. Decisions made in private by senior managers from Transport for London have reduced the once finest taxi service in the world into a profession only the desperate would now wish to enter. With a vastly reduced income combined with the 18-hour gridlock on London’s roads, I felt it was time to go.

Surprisingly many are still interested in becoming a London cabbie for at Christmas and New Year CabbieBlog always sees a spike in hits on anything I’ve written about The Knowledge. Clearly, my ‘Back of my Cab’ is not likely to be updated, nor will I be writing for the black cab company, Radio Taxis as they are now no more, swallowed up by German company Gett.

Relieved of my obligations will, in theory, give me more time to research and write posts. Anyhow enough of my ramblings, all you want to do is get on with digesting the figures from last year.

As before, with the data amassed over the last year, I’ve broken it down into bite-sized chunks with comparable figures for the previous year.

Blog visitors and page views
The numbers of visitors have decreased slightly and those willing to loiter around CabbieBlog have also decreased proportionately, indicating that I need to make the site more interesting. (Average hit rate per visitor: 2016 – 1.701; 2017 – 1.630).

2016
Visitors – 33,072
Page views – 56,276

2017
Visitors – 32,951
Page views – 53,718

CabbieBlog’s readers from abroad
Many of you might not be foreign, but simply ex-pats longing to reminisce about the good times spent sitting in the back of a London cab. The different countries whose residents have viewed CabbieBlog include Jersey and Guernsey as if they were sovereign countries and curiously the European Union with 308 visits, first it isn’t a country and therefore WordPress haven’t given it a flag. The United States leads our curious cousins with 7,727 hits and Germany follows with 927.

2016 – 133

2017 – 131

Number of comments
The yardstick of a blog must be, how many of its readers decided to metaphysically put pen to paper and comment. To all of you, a huge thank you for your encouragement or discouragement. Your comments keep me submitting posts for your perusal. Astoundingly Dave seems to be the keenest by posting a comment 2 hours 58 minutes into this New Year. The people who leave comments on blogs have changed. In CabbieBlog’s early days most of the people who left comments were also bloggers, adding to the discussion. Today most of the people who leave comments have no focused online voice, they solely want to comment on what others have written. Social media is increasingly reactive these days, and a much smaller proportion of people now write long-form posts providing the original material that everyone else comments upon. But at least what comments CabbieBlog receives are intelligent, relevant and insightful. I’m delighted, obviously.

2016 – 39

2017 – 76

Number of ‘likes’
It would appear that some of you have taken to the cyberverse to mark your approval of CabbieBlog, a huge thank you.

2016 – 2

2017 – 38

Followers of CabbieBlog
For those of you who can’t be bothered or don’t have the time, to check out my missives, you lot would have signed-up for regular e-mail updates or get a heads up from an RSS feed, Bloglovin’ or WordPress, whose simplicity allows thousands to read this blog without ever visiting it. As far as you’re concerned I’m no longer writing a continuous story, I’m generating atomised blog posts – which makes a complete mockery of attempting to count visitor numbers accurately anyway. I can’t calculate how many times you have taken the trouble to follow these notifications and read my rantings, but thanks for following CabbieBlog.

2016 – 130

2017 – 174

Posts written
This should be posts published rather than posts written, as sometimes (about once a month) a Guest Post has been uploaded.

2016– 105

2017 – 157


Most viewed and least viewed posts and pages
It has to be said that some subjects take on a life of their own while others just sit in cyberspace minding their own business. At the bottom of the table lie many posts with only one view a year, and some I suspect just sit there patiently waiting to be noticed.

2016
Highest post
Ten Surprising Facts about the London Black Cab – 1,575
Lowest Post
A Sign of the Times – 1
Highest page
Green cab shelters – 3,997
Lowest page
National Geo – 3

2017
Highest post
London’s top secret tower – 2,295
Lowest Post
White bikes – 1
Highest page
Green cab shelters – 4,536
Lowest page
Time Out – 12


Pages written
Once in a while, I’ll get round to writing a page that remains visible permanently and not buried below the three weekly posts. This year I’ve broken CabbieBlog’s most read page Green Cab Shelters into six digestible chunks which have obviously increased this year’s tally. Here are the number pages I’ve been bothered to write this year.

2016 – 2

2017 – 8


Number of words written
I endeavour to keep posts down to 500 words – we’re back now to the aforementioned attention span of 37 seconds – this I usually manage to achieve, unless I come over all animated about the article’s subject matter. The rise in this year’s word rate derives from now publishing an extra post every Sunday.

2016
Words – 64,792
Characters – 375,629

2017
Words – 71,809
Characters – 408,300


Referrers
If you ignore the search engines (with Google clocking up an impressive 24,763 hits). The next highest referrers are Facebook at 603 and just behind them Twitter at 561. This year, reflecting how more engaged my colleagues are, now that the trade is being subsumed by the avalanche of private hire, Taxileaks reached the top slot. Unless CabbieBlog is mentioned in an article somewhere else that trends next year, I suspect this will continue.

2016
Londontopia – 373
Taxileaks – 267

2017
Taxileaks – 223
Londontopia – 157


Sitting in the back
I devote a page of CabbieBlog to my bums on seats and in the past, I’ve enjoyed the company, among others, of John Hurt and Barbara Winsor. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recognise most sportsmen, or women, so they are not so faithfully recorded – although I did once see Boris Becker in the back. This year will be the last CabbieBlog is seen on London’s roads, so my final ‘Bums on Seats’ falls to one of our most talented actors and her screenwriter husband.

2016
Nobody of note
I’ll keep a better lookout next year

2017
Thandie Newton (actor)
Ol Parker (writer, director, producer)


In conclusion
This post has certainly taken longer than the mean average of 3 hours 16 minutes. For me, it is, of course, the highlight of my writing year. Thank you for continuing to support CabbieBlog and for having the tenacity to reach the end of what must be the year’s most tedious post.

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(2) Readers Comments

  1. I am the Dave (or at least I think I am ) who replied in the early hours of the new year. I love the blogs, the history and the way our faithful blogger succinctly puts his stories together. Keep up the good work and I will try and reply nearer to midnight on the 31 December 2016/1 January 1917

    All the best

    • Thanks, Dave. Next time trying to get a little closer to midnight with your welcome comment!

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