Thursday 17 November 2011

That Long?

It's just occurred to me that this blog has been going for three years today.

In that time, 1,840 articles have been posted, eliciting 14,603 comments from just under 840,000 page views and 560,000 visits.

I read every comment here even if I sometimes don't have time to add to them, so I'd like to thank everyone who has popped by to read this tabloid junk since November 2008. It's always pleasing to see that people feel relaxed enough to create stimulating and lively comments threads here.

That's not to say lurkers aren't appreciated too, of course. If you've enjoyed enough here to make you want to return, that's enough for me. Still, if you have never commented before, why not break your cherry under this piece? It'll be good to 'meet' you, so to speak.


Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm a lurker, love your blog and also voted for you in the recent awards.

Did you see that your mascot won at the Speccie Awards last night?

Keep up the good work, it's really appreciated.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Thanks Anon :). Yes, I did. I was going to put something up about it later.

IanPJ said...


Congratulations on 3 years of absolutely blinding output.

Awards well deserved, this blog is a must read each and every day. Well Done.

Chris W said...

Hello Dick and all the regulars. I've been lurking here for a couple of years.

I've never smoked and used to be a bit of an "anti" but blogs like this have woken me up to the wider picture of bansturbators crusading against alcohol, salt, fat and anything else that makes life enjoyable.

Keep plugging away and I hope the tide soon turns against these interfering bastards.

Ivan D said...

Keep going Dick. As a pinko commie BBC apologist (it is all relative) I don't always agree with everything you say, but you write one of my daily top 3 must visit blogs. Many thanks for all the effort you put in. It may be tabloid but it is not junk.

Dominic A said...

Congrats Dick.

And congrats also to Philip Davies last night - helped no doubt by your sterling efforts.

Dick Puddlecote said...

IanPJ: Particular thanks, of course, go to you for your advice in Nov 2008 and for urging me to start writing. Glad you enjoy this stuff. :)

Chris W: How very great to read that. And agree wholeheartedly with your last sentence.

IvanD: (I revel in the tabloid tag given to me by someone at Bad Science ... shhh) ;)

Dick Puddlecote said...

Ta, Dominic. :) Regarding PD, I'm currently fishing for a pic of the awards to tie that particular episode up with a pretty bow.

Richard Allan said...

This is definitely one of the best blogs I read. Pretty much everything you post is astonishingly thoughtful and well-sourced. Thanks!

Pat Nurse MA said...

Yes, I'll add to that. Great blog, well written, and thank God you're on our side.

Keep telling the truth and please never give up :>)

Angry Exile said...

Happy Blogday to you
Happy Blogday to you
Happy Blogday dear Dick Puddlecote
Now take him away and hack to bits and bury him in five graves for being an evil smoking jewel thief... to you!

Is it really three years? Seems longer, but in a good way. :-D

Ivan D said...

Did Dr Goldacre have a pop at you Dick? I would expect him to be a regular reader and am surprised that he has not congratulated you already.

TheFatBigot said...

A very happy blogday to you Mr P, I have smoked an extra ciggy in your honour and will add extra salt to my dinner this evening.

nisakiman said...

Discovered you a year or so ago and been a regular reader since. I'm not a lurker - far too self-opinionated for that - and you provide plenty of grist for my mill.

I must admit I do wonder how you find the time to do all the research that goes into this blog while running a business. Respect!

As AE says, Happy Blogday, and please keep it coming. And I'm sorry, you may revel in the tabloid tag but the broadsheets would be hard put to match your standards.

George Speller said...

Top class. My first port of call every day.

Anonymous said...


Duncan B said...

Completely off-topic but it's Anthony Watts Birthday today too ( Mandatory daily reading for all of us here I would suggest. Spooky.

Off to 'smoky, drinky' now....laters.


Dick Puddlecote said...

Ta for the comments, all.

Richard Allan: Wow! Quite a compliment, thank you. If I was the kind to post endorsements like some, I'd use that. :)

Ivan D: No, it was just one of his obsequious, arse-licking pseuds.

delcatto said...

I'm another long time lurker. I enjoy your blog & it, amongst several others, certainly inform me as to the true state of affairs.I'll raise a glass to you and Happy Blogday!

wv: ablesc - how apt.

Frank Davis said...

Keep it up!

SBC said...

Discovered you via Smoking Hot and Patsy...and reading you never disappoints.

John Catfoot said...

I admit, no I aver, that I'm a daily lurker. Your output is spot on.
'Be Bossy, Ban something today' adorns my vehicle.
2000 ciggy packets adorn the walls of my snooker room.
Keep it coming.

timbone said...

There was a young man one day
Started blogging in his own little way
The readership grew
And then they knew
This Dickpud must not go away

Ex-Junkie said...

Great blog Dick, so says a happy lurker.

All the best,


Dick the Prick said...

Congrats DP. I'm not too sure about the tabloid but considering what goes for tabloid these days i'm not sure anyone knows. All the best and muchos gracias.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Dick!

Your blog is a must-read, and I look forward to every post.

All the best!

Manu said...

Hey DP - the previous commentators have already covered everything I wanted to, so I'll just throw in my congrats on agood job done well :-)

Just out of interest, does you Stat Porn machine let you know how often people access your articles via RSS?

Dick Puddlecote said...

Hi Manu. Sorry, only just seen this. My feed is in Feedburner which fluctuates, but it's saying there are 690 subscribers currently.