Aw you guys…

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and you are all now dusting off your raving shoes for a big one tonight. I am staying in, as although some time off work has made me despise the human race slightly less, I’d still prefer not to squash myself against sweaty drunk people, and besides I am a complete nutter magnet. Plus I always find myself feeling grotty as I have to play ‘Spot the Substance’ (can’t help it, occupational hazard). So in summary I’d rather be sitting here with a Stella talking to you lot.

Below is a very professional-looking report sent to me by WordPress, who host my blog. (If anyone is thinking of starting writing a blog, use them, I can’t recommend them enough.) This report has forced me to reflect on a couple of things, and it seems timely to share them:

– I have only been writing this blog for 8 weeks! I seems bizarre because it now feels like a part of me, integral to my life, but it is really still very much in its infancy.

– in those 8 weeks, my blog has been viewed over 1200 times, by people from 14 different countries, and that doesn’t include the emails that go out to the 64 people who have signed up to receive updates. If I include the email views, the total number of views is closer to 2000.

Now this might not sound impressive to people who are pros at this game, but let me tell you this – it blows my mind. The idea of having an audience at all, never mind one so vast and so diverse – well, it makes me feel proud, and positive about what 2013 may hold.

And so, although it may seem somewhat lame and premature to be making something equivalent to an Oscars acceptance speech, I would just like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has read my blog, everyone who has contributed with comments and feedback, everyone who has told their friends and colleagues about it, everyone who has put links from their own sites and Facebook and Twitter accounts, and everyone who has got in touch with words of support. As some of you know, it has been a funny few months for me, and having this focus, this outlet, and this beacon of hope that maybe things can be different – well, it has been a joy and a privilege. So genuinely, thank you, may 2013 bring new beginnings for us all, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And for those who need it, I am available for substance-related support tomorrow.. 😉

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

4 comments on “Aw you guys…

  1. Stanley says:

    Very good and inspiring to young drug workers!

  2. Ann says:

    Really enjoying reading your blog . . . which is both interesting and informative – no mean feat! Have also shared your link with colleagues working in the same field, they are also following you & cheering you on!

    • Thanks to both of you for your kind words. I am so glad that people working in similar fields find the blog interesting, and please feel free to contact me directly if you think of anything you’d like discussing here. Happy New Year to you!

  3. Great viewing stats! Isn’t it great to know how many people are interested. Do you have any advice on how to break an addiction to cheese? Especially French runny cheese? I need to lose some weight and am being seriously hampered by my cravings!! Help me 😦 Or perhaps you should come and eat some too, and then I would feel better 🙂 x

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