I am truly gobsmacked by these figures. By the time you read this, who knows where they’ll be. That’s upwards of twenty thousand page views for sixty-one blog posts - and it’s not just the hits I’m amazed by here. It’s the sixty-one blog posts too. That’s a lot of writing about Shrewsbury, believe me. And yet there’s still so much more to be written about.
When I started My Tonight From Shrewsbury back on January 1st, I had no idea that I’d find so many subjects to include in this blog, nor that it would garner such a following. The original high figures I put down to curiosity, and I waited for the numbers to drop. Instead of that they’ve grown. Particularly thrilling is that when I check my stats I find that a staggering number of readers are coming from across the globe.
Since January 1st, 2,663 Americans have read My Tonight From Shrewsbury, 485 Germans and 331 French. It’s being read right across Europe from the Netherlands to Russia, across the Middle East, including Iraq, in Asia, including India, China, Thailand and the Philippines and across the Americas, from Canada down to Brazil. Just today, it’s been read by ninety-nine people in the UK, thirty in the US, and in France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Canada, Brazil, Lebanon, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Slovenia, Indonesia and India. And the day's hardly got going yet. I'm writing this at 11.00am.
Isn’t that fantastic? My Tonight From Shrewsbury has had nothing to promote itself except for Facebook and Twitter. There are no promoters or sponsors. It has no agenda except to present a picture of a contemporary English country town during one year of its life. This is most definitely a one-woman show. Sometimes, as the one woman in question, I feel fairly run ragged keeping up with what I’ve set out to achieve, but I’m just loving what I’m doing - and I’m loving having you along.
If you’re one of those people in one of those countries that I’ve just listed [or indeed if yours is one of the many countries that I haven’t listed], thanks for being here and reading this. Do keep coming back. And leave a few words in the comment section to tell me who you are [though no advertising please – My Tonight From Shrewsbury is an advertisement free site]. Numbers are exciting, but behind every number is a person - and that’s more exciting still. It would be great to hear from you.
If you’re from Shrewsbury, or surrounding Shropshire, it would be great to hear from you too. What are the things that matter in our county town? What else should I be writing about? I can’t promise to get round to everything in my year. I’ve nearly reached the half way mark, and have some great things still lined up and am beginning to panic about how I’ll fit them all in. But I’ll do what I can.