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Statistics 2017

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).

[S]O, 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.

Sorry

First, an apology. For the past week, you have been deprived of your regular CabbieBlog missives. The reason is a web shell – no me neither!

According to the urgent email I received, this is “a scrip that attackers upload to compromised web-servers in order to gain remote access . . . to execute arbitrary commands, send emails, create phishing and malware”.

[S]O THERE you have it, international criminals have decided that our blog is so influential they, or their algorithms, have taken the time to infiltrate our little corner of cyberspace.

This incursion has entailed rebuilding the site, a frustrating and time-consuming process. It has caused you to receive notifications as old posts being published as if they hadn’t been seen before, and to my regret, some of your comments have been binned. Again I can only apologise again.

All this leads to a rebuilt site and a means of preventing another occurrence, and the costs involved.

In a few weeks time, I’ll be inviting you to support CabbieBlog by making a monthly donation.

For $1 a month (sorry the £ doesn’t exist on the web), you can become a patron through the Patreon portal, a proven safe way of giving donations.

In future, CabbieBlog will still have twice-weekly posts on anything relating to London, and the Sunday ‘London Trivia’ will continue to be accessible to anyone with an interest in the world’s greatest city.

But, as a bonus, I’ve written Pootling around London: Manor House to Gibson Square, a travelogue about riding around London exploring the Capital’s traditions, tripe and trivia, whilst undertaking The Knowledge. Chapters are soon to be published fortnightly available only to Patreon subscribers donating $1 a month. Every 2 weeks the long-form post will include an in-depth article about a single ‘run’ on The Knowledge: the journey; notes and observations from the present; and historical accounts of places on the route.

For 71p per month (at current rates) you can support CabbieBlog and help keep the blog on the road for another 10 more years. If in the future, you wish to opt out, this may be done at any time, and I’ll not hold it against you.

Unless, that is, you’re an international cyberspace criminal.

Statistics

and more statistics . . .

It’s been 8 years, almost to the day, since I started CabbieBlog with the first post given the prosaic title: Make a Cuppa and do The Knowledge. From its early formative years, the blog has transmogrified into an eclectic mix of tips, tours, trivia and tripe. This item in what’s becoming an annual posting on the anniversary date is a little like the State of the National address from the Oval Office.

[N]ow I’m working part-time this has meant less Stars in the Seat, but hopefully my posts, now I have more time, will be more considered, not that  A blow job is that cerebral.

In April I managed to ‘lose’ all my statistics and followers (apologies to those who didn’t receive an email update for 5 months), but those clever people at WordPress have restored my data enabling me now to give you what must be the most riveting read, not to say enlightening post, from your humble scribe this year.

So here we go, I don’t write the blog’s narrative with keywords to be picked up by Google’s algorithms, nor do I follow the current discussion to be found in cyberspace. As a consequence, the figures have plateaued out and with many of you reading from various feeds, I don’t see a sharp rise in page views anytime soon.

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 to bite-sized chunks with comparable figures for the previous year.

Blog visitors and page views
I would have stopped a nascent CabbieBlog back in January 2009 if nobody clicked onto the site. The numbers of visitors and page views have increased slightly. This year although visitor views have increased those willing to loiter around CabbieBlog have decreased proportionately, indicating that I need to make the site more interesting.

2015
Visitors – 28,813
Page views – 55,126

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

CabbieBlog’s readers from abroad
Many of you might not be foreign, but simply ex-pats longing to reminisce of the good times spent sitting in the back of a London cab. The different countries whose residents have viewed CabbieBlog includes Jersey and Guernsey as if they were sovereign countries and curiously the European Union with 308 visits, first it isn’t a country and WordPress haven’t given it a flag. Could Brexit have something to do with this anomaly?

2015 – 136

2016 – 133

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. Although Brian Wright was this year’s top commentator, comments are diminishing year-on-year seemingly diverted to Twitter, Facebook or whatever community you lot spend all your time chattering in these days. But at least what comments remain are intelligent, relevant and insightful. I’m delighted, obviously.

2015 – 87

2016 – 29

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

2015 – 0

2016 – 2

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 a 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 blogposts – 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.

2015 – 130

2016 – 174

Posts written
This should be posts published rather than posts written, as sometimes (about one a month) a Guest Post has been uploaded, and it would be appear some of these guest posts have the correct keywords for Google’s algorithms to find. Last year’s most read post ‘10 Surprising Facts about the London Black Cab’ was one such guest post.

2015 – 128

2016 – 105

Stats

Most viewed and least viewed posts and pages
I 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 cheap alternatives to Uber – 1,174
Lowest Post
Dear Diary . . . – 1
Highest page
Green cab shelters – 4,405
Lowest page
Pundon Calling – 4

2017
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 


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. Here are the number pages I’ve been bothered to write recently.

2015 – 4

2016 – 2


Number of words written
I endeavour to keep posts down to 500 words, this I usually manage to achieve, unless I come over all animated about the article’s subject matter, which usually is something connected to the diminishing cab trade.

2015
Words – 57,033
Characters – 330,413

2016
Words – 64,792
Characters – 375,629


Referrers
If you ignore the search engines (with Google clocking up an impressive 23,573 hits). The next highest referrers are Twitter at 1,793 and considering I’m not linked into the behemoth, Facebook recorded no less than 1,319 hits. The figures below are far more interesting for me, being from other sources of London information to be found out there in cyberspace.

2015
Londontopia – 483
Taxileaks – 408

2016
Londontopia – 373
Ian Visits – 267


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. Because we have seen an exponentially large increase in the number of private hire licenses issues (over 20,000 since the current Mayor of London was elected) there have been less’ bums on seats’ and this is reflected here.

2015
Andrew Wilson (author and journalist, better known as A. N. Wilson)
Adam Boulton (journalist – Sky’s heavyweight)

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

In conclusion
This past year has seen the demise of some great London blogs: Three Days in London, The Londoneer, and my all time favourite The Accidental Londoner. I suppose the hay day of blogging has past and many writers now have other commitments. The latest generation now emerging onto London’s scene regard a long read as passé preferring selfies or publishing their missives in 140 words or less.

As CabbieBlog enters its ninth year I’m very excited by the weekly London Trivia that commenced on 1st January and will continue to be published every Sunday. This feature will increase the word count next year (I’ve written over 90,000 words), although I am doubtful that it is likely to increase CabbieBlog’s footfall.

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.

Lies, damned lies

and statistics . . .

There is more to a blog than just writing: design, load speed, and your Google ranking among others. One aspect that all ‘experts’ tell you to avoid is statistics, which means, of course, you become obsessive about your data. So for many this will be the most boring post of the year, but for the few, including this writer, these stats are compulsive reading.

[F]or all of you who have managed to stay awake thus far and are ready to devour all this information comprehensively amassed over the last year I’ve broken it down to bite sized chunks with a comparable figures for the previous year.


Blog visitors and page views
I would have stopped a nascent CabbieBlog back in January 2009 if nobody clicked onto the site. The numbers of visitors and page views have increased steadily, and for that I’m mighty proud, and dare I say it humbled?

2014
Visitor views – 28,793
Page views – 55,212

2015
Visitor views –  28,813
Page views – 55,126

CabbieBlog’s readers from abroad
Many of you might not be foreign, but simply ex-pats longing to reminisce of the good times spent sitting in the back of a London cab. The different countries represented by readers of CabbieBlog seem to be on an upward trend.

2014 – 129

2015 – 136

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. Comments are slowly diminishing (apart from Nigerians offering to improve the apparent deficiency in my manhood) year-on-year seemingly diverted to Twitter, Facebook or whatever community you lot spend all your time chattering in these days. But at least what comment remains is intelligent, relevant and insightful. I’m delighted, obviously.

2014 – 103

2015 – 87

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 Bloglovin’ or WordPress. I can calculate how many time you have taken the trouble to read my rantings, but thanks for following CabbieBlog.

2014 – 115

2015 – 130

Posts written
This should be posts published as sometimes a Guest Post has been uploaded, and it would be appear you are rather good, last year’s most read post ‘Ten cheap alternatives to Uber’ was a guest post.

2014 – 109

2015 – 128

Stats

Most viewed and least viewed posts and pages
I 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.

2014
Highest post
Tin Pan Alley 3,423
Lowest Post
Look behind you 1
Highest page
Green cab shelters 4,888
Lowest page
de Londoniens 31

2015
Highest post
Ten cheap alternatives to Uber – 1,174
Lowest Post
Dear Diary . . . – 1
Highest page
Green cab shelters – 4,405
Lowest page
Pundon Calling – 4

Pages written
Once in a while I’ll get round to writing a page that remains visible permanently and not buried below the twice weekly posts. Here are the number pages I’ve been bothered to write recently.

2014 – 5

2015 – 4

Number of words written
I endeavour to keep posts down to 500 words, this I usually manage unless I come over all animated about the article’s subject matter.

2014
Words – 59,959
Characters – 345,961

2015
Words – 57,033
Characters – 330,413

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.

2014
Andrew Buchan (actor from Broadchurch)
Elizabeth Richard (actress – don’t know her? She’s the Queen lookalike often seen on adverts and the like)

2015
Andrew Wilson (author and journalist, better known as A. N. Wilson)
Adam Boulton (journalist – Sky’s heavyweight)

In conclusion
Why it’s taken the best part of two months to gather this information is a matter for conjecturer. I say it is to give you comprehensive stats, although you might think I’ve just been lazy. One of London’s best bloggers Diamond Geezer has been compiling this sort of data for the best part of 10 years so if he can why not CabbieBlog getting off his backside and coming up with a few stats? Next year I’ll publish this riveting information earlier – if I get round to compiling it in time.

Do you come here often?

CabbieBlog has reached a milestone or more accurately its quincentenary (thank you Wikipedia), for this is the 500th post since its inception.

During that time I estimate that I’ve written over ¼ million words and the site is on its way to ½ million hits, by reading this you’ve just added to the statistics. But for all the words I need help in categorizing CabbieBlog.

[I] have always said that the site’s raison d’être was akin to being a passenger in the back of a London cab with an erudite cabbie entertaining you with nuggets of information about themselves, London trivia and his right wing politics.

But what category does this little corner of the inter-web fall? Travel or culture? History or lifestyle?

I once had Gwyneth Paltrow’s people wanting to talk to CabbieBlog’s people with a view to contributing to her Goop, an earnest blog offering ‘recipes, travel guides, fashion, wellness tips and cultural notes’; CabbieBlog struggles to tick any of those boxes.

I drive the iconic black taxi so does that make me a cultural icon, a travel expert, or just yet another self-opinionated cabbie? With inspiration from The Accidental Londoner I checked out the searches made to land here, in the hope it this might provide the definitive answer to categorise my blog.

Seven searches were for still alive in 2013, alright I know I’m one of London’s oldest bloggers but I haven’t hit the ESC key yet. For the four of you who had the need to know about a one legged transvestite this link will tell you all you need.

As for fag end London I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume cigarettes are you preference, the same goes for London fag, and yes I’ve written about the urinating horse statue, so those three searches came to the right place.

As you might expect thousands of searches for the minutiae of being a cabbie have landed here, but was it a lifestyle choice for the three who searched I rather be homeless in London?

I must be missing out for one search enquired London Taxi Naked Women, and what was behind the enquiry gold coast urination cabbie? Many wanted to know our earnings, which if our income is as high as the urban myth £50 notes and Sugar Daddy could make sense as a search alighting on CabbieBlog for that relevant information, and no, thanks for asking, I’m not telling you my earnings.

Three wanted to view cabbie blog rear, for that I would earnestly recommend Gwyneth’s rear over mine.

With all this introspection who am I writing for and if anyone alights upon my blog what can they learn? The guy who searched im a knolege boy might like to try typing lessons before learning ‘knowledge’ from CabbieBlog.

But I’ll leave the final word to the recently enquired bloglovin.horse big cock, yes you know who you are, there is a world of Russian hosted websites out there catering just for you.