Happy 8th birthday to my blog!

Would you believe that on Sunday I was notified that my blog is 8 years old.  When I started I had no idea that I would still be writing almost a decade later.  I pretty much thought I’d be lucky to make it out of July 2012.

The timing is rather convenient because of Sunday night I didn’t have a single post for the week for only the second time in 8 years.  My motivation to do very much at all being way down due a total absence of real life, work and money nor any indication of any heading my way; the government and the world at large generally not caring either and the stupid virus apart from everything else resulting in my still living in a home that is still in many ways a shell almost 6 months later.  I think I was pretty accurate with my predictions on how the virus would impact on me all those months ago.

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My best every blogging day was late in 2019 despite my figures being down a little over the last year or so.  I think partly as I have almost written about all the obvious and less obvious topics but also because Google changed its algorithms which means some old posts that once had many 10,000’s of views each year, now get hardly any.

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I have so very diverse followers aside from those very faithful and fun people who like and comment on my posts regularly.  Would you believe I have national and local governments 5 continents following me? A whole pile of university and schools… I pity the poor souls who find my musings worthy of study or reference but on the other hand I suppose I am a lot more fun than most of my teachers were.  Everyone from militaries, police departments, the United Nations, freedom fighters, cultural and media institutions, various stars and a handful of oddballs which of course are amongst my favourite people!!

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Can you imagine how many 10,000’s of people have some of the posts above even away from my blog  if they have been shared over 100 times?  It’s enough to give me stage-fright!   Maybe I should repost some of the older and most popular ones which are now lost in the mists of time.

I guess there are 3 big goals coming up, my 1000th post, my 10th year and my millionth reader.   We will have to arrange some sort of epic 24 hour long online video call party so everyone can say hi to each other.


About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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15 Responses to Happy 8th birthday to my blog!

  1. Congrats on your 8th! Nothing wrong with reposting when your audience will have grown from the original post…


  2. Jnana Hodson says:

    Congratulations! And keep on truckin’ …


  3. Wow, you’re such a boss for only missing two weeks out of the whole eight years! Am glad to have stumbled across this post during such a great milestone. Keep on writing and being an inspiration!

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  6. Congratulations Stefano!! xo

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  7. jillarchie23 says:

    I love reading your blogs. I especially love the ones about London as I have worked there for too many years to count. I’m fascinated by local history and all the unusual snippets you write. Congratulations on your eight year milestone! I have lived in many a half finished project, my husband being a carpenter/builder who never has time for his own home so I understand your frustration. However we have lived aboard our Dutch barge (still renovating) for 5 years now and are currently moored in Essex very near to the wonderful Thames.

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    • It is funny how many builders and carpenters live in homes that are a bit unfinished! I have some more London themed posts coming up including one right up against the Thames! I’m so glad to hear you enjoy my blogs, thank you.


  8. padresteve says:

    Very cool, congratulations.

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