1 Jan
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Isn’t that a great date?  It’s like 2011 is saying, Yes, you had some interesting numbers in 2010; but let me show you what I’ve got…

2010 had the consecutive (8/9/10, 11:12:13), the repetitive (10/10/10) and the palindrome (01/11/10).  Of course, it all depends on your perspective: my American friends won’t have had the same first one because they put the month before the day; here in the UK 8/9/10 happened in September but in the States it was in August.  Then there’s the manipulation: if I had added or subtracted zeros then 8/9/10 would have been 08/09/10 and rather dull; 01/11/10 would not have been a palindrome at all as 1/11/10.

I love interesting numbers, hence my excitement last night: it wasn’t the 23,000 that got me squealing; it was the 999.  If it had been 23,941, for example, I wouldn’t have mentioned it; but that one-under-a-round-figure in twelve months was just too good not to be shared.

Numbers also show you something about people – here’s something I learned in 2010: people like to smile.  The post of mine to receive the most hits by far was Smile And The World Smiles With You; Dissect It And People Ask ‘Who’s That Freak?’ .  Okay, not one of my better titles but it received 6,831 hits in six months so it must be doing something right.  I’ve even learned the Turkish for ‘smile’ because 32 Turkish-speaking people found me using gülücük.

A total of 7,275 visitors found me using a variation of ‘smile/laugh/funny/cartoon’.  Contrast that with the lowly 8 who found me using ‘scowl’ or ‘scowling’.  There was also the one weirdo who found me using the search term ‘long nipples’, but the less said about them, the better.

Of course, it’s possible that people using negative terms in their blogs are receiving way more hits than I am; there’s a lot of ‘hate’, ‘spite’ and ‘misery’ out there.  But I like to think that most people want to be happy.  And if they do, I hope they’ll visit me: I like feeling happy.  Don’t you?

16 Responses to “1/1/11”

  1. Harry Nicholson January 1, 2011 at 12:54 #

    An interesting review, Linda-Tilly.
    May you have a joyful year.



    • Tilly Bud January 2, 2011 at 23:40 #

      And you, Harry. I look forward to your review next year 🙂


  2. flo January 1, 2011 at 16:22 #

    I want to know more about your long nipples! You.ve kept that very quiet Tilly…


    • Tilly Bud January 2, 2011 at 23:39 #

      No, no – they were someone else’s long nipples; honest.


  3. vivinfrance January 1, 2011 at 17:10 #

    Well, you always make me smile! I love your statistically analytical posts. I hit 13,000 visits yesterday, in 7.5 months.


    • Tilly Bud January 2, 2011 at 23:39 #

      That’s brilliant, Viv! You deserve it. I’ve been watching how quickly your stats have risen; mine were much slower in my first year so I expect you to overtake me before long (and it couldn’t happen to nicer blogger) 🙂


  4. gigihawaii January 1, 2011 at 17:41 #

    HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU, FRIEND! I and your many pals truly enjoy your entertaining posts! I don’t think I’d like the cold weather in the UK, though.


  5. slpmartin January 1, 2011 at 20:06 #

    I’ve never been much into numbers…but you made it rather interesting. 🙂


  6. musings January 2, 2011 at 02:38 #

    This was so much fun, Tilly! I’m absolutely with you on being happy. I always ask if a movie has a happy ending before I’m willing to watch it.



  7. musings January 2, 2011 at 02:39 #

    P.S. I LOVE that photo of the queen. We did happen to see her when we were in London many many moons ago. That photo just sparkles.



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