2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 33 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 548 posts. There were 12 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 582kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 322 views. The most popular post that day was Swimwear, Africa Style.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were eolake.blogspot.com, righthealth.com, twitter.com, health.kosmix.com, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gallstone, green point stadium, african women, african beaches, and south african women.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Swimwear, Africa Style December 2007

2

Abscess April 2008
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3

New Green Point Stadium May 2007
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4

Surf Phosphorescence in False Bay March 2007
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5

Romancing The Stone January 2008
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Not Quite Summer

Sunlight through clouds over mountains

Living, as we do, in a winter-rainfall area we shouldn’t see weather like this in early summer but for two weeks in a row we’ve had glorious hot sunny weather all week, only to have the weather turn cloudy and cool for the weekend.

C-17 Globemaster

A C-17 Globemaster kicks up dust as it gathers speed in its take-off run

A C-17 Globemaster of the United States Air Force kicks up dust as it gathers speed in its take-off run during an air show in Cape Town.

Rooivalk

South African Rooivalk attack helicopter

The Rooivalk (Red Kestrel) attack helicopter is wholly designed and built in South Africa. It is considered by some to be a more capable airframe than other attack helicopters like the Apache but has not been purchased by any air force other than our own. I don’t claim to fully understand why but suspect it may be that the total package of airframe, avionics and weapons system simply doesn’t have the maturity and support offered by other aircraft. This forum post goes into more depth on the development and success or failure of the programme.

A Discarded Feast

A partially empty fast food container discarded on the dolosse along Gordons Bay harbour wall

One shouldn’t have to see litter like this everywhere you go. When will everyone learn that it is in all of our interest that we not litter?

Homeless

Homeless man sitting in the morning sun

During a photowalk along Gordons Bay beach I came across this homeless man sitting on a bench in the weak winter sun. He wasn’t very talkative but kindly acceded to my request to take his picture.

This picture is #5 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100strangers.com.

Elliot Meets Godzilla

A Coca-Cola crate statue and a dockyard crane 'face off' in the V&A Waterfront with Table Mountain in the background

Read more about Elliot the Coke Man at Ads Mitchell: Huge Coca Cola Man Takes a Seat in Cape Town.