The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

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Oh dear.

For the first time in ages I checked my short ‘Other interesting blogs’ list (cast your eyes right on the Home page to see it).

If nothing else, it shows what an ephemeral and patchy place the blogosphere is

  • My favourite blog – known to all its friends as WLLG – has ceased, it is no more, it is a dead blog, much to the regret of its followers. But still worth having a look at the archive they’ve left up for some of the posts and discussion if you’re interested in the world of public service
  • One has disappeared completely
  • The other two haven’t had new posts since 2010 and 2011 respectively.

It all makes me look quite assiduous and productive by comparison (hollow laugh off-stage from partner).

So do I drop the list or update it?

I’m inclined to keep it going and have one or two ideas for what to add. But this is my plea for ideas from all HelpGov readers.

Bearing in mind that I’m ‘trying to make sense of government and public services, and other stuff’ what would you suggest goes on my blogroll?

Click ‘Leave a comment’ to help.  Thanks.

Blog spam is mostly like e-mail spam, offering me projects and services I don’t need or trying to entice me onto dodgy web sites that I assume will test my anti-virus software to the limits.

But perversely I do quite like the unwanted messages that are so inept or bizarre they deserve some special award for creativity.

Here’s a selection of the latest that HelpGov has received.  Sadly, they have gone the way of all the other rubbish an active blog attracts, what in my youth we used to call ‘File WPB’ (Waste Paper Basket):

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All I can say is ‘Hey dudes, im thanking you for amazed me on all your awesome crap.’

As I write this, the number of page views of the HelpGov blog in its current incarnation has just passed 20,000. A milestone of sorts, I guess, although any half-decent statistician will tell you that the number has no more significance than 19,738, 24,444 or even 2.

My thanks to everyone who’s dropped by over the last 22 months to check out my ramblings especially the public sector types (or increasingly as hard times have bitten, ex-public sector types) who were the mainstay of readers when I was attempting to provide consultancy services to your sadly diminished sector.  I hope you feel able to stick with me as my mind wanders into less-constrained spaces.

My thanks also to those of you who arrived via various search engines – OK, 90-something% of you via Google.  Some of you seemed genuinely interested in what I write, a surprising number of you searched for information about Post-it notes or wheelie bins, and someone thought I might have a 2010 map of New York City lurking somewhere in the 185 posts I’ve written so far.  Bless you all. I hope you found what you wanted, even if it’s not here.

To the spammers who’ve tried to insinuate all sorts of bizarre information into the comment space on the blog about male growth supplements (sic), carpet cleaning in San Antonio and young ladies in strange places desperate to meet me, nice try guys but don’t waste your energy.

And if you’ve got any energy left after reading this, here are the most popular places you’ve all visited on the blog so far.

Happy reading in future.

PS Don’t blame me if the links in the list above come out in different colours.  It’s a quirk of the WordPress template I use.

Remaining  readers of this blog– remaining because numbers fall away without a regular flow of posts (surprise) – will have noticed the last entry was on 16 October, an aeon ago in blogging terms.

The truth is this old (for which read mature, experienced etc.) guy has been undergoing something of a change in his life.

‘HelpGov’ remains as a name meantime but the company is being dissolved.  I decided it was time to try something new and my energies have been devoted this last couple of months to the excellent Open University creative writing course I signed up for over the summer, helping to fulfil a long standing ambition to return to a type of writing that engaged me many years ago.

One result is that I have reviewed this site and decided to transform it into a more open, free-flowing blog on anything that interests me about the public sector in its widest sense.  Unfettered by the need to think about potential clients googling ‘HelpGov’ to check me out before adding me to some far-too-long long shortlist for a contract, it threatens to be more polemical, prejudiced and maybe even wrong.

When it arrives, I hope every week (that’s called an aspiration not a target), enjoy and please comment.

The Helpgov blog today passed 10,000 page views.  Not bad for a start up blog mainly about public sector improvement in the UK.

Thanks to all the readers who’ve dipped into the blog, to those who’ve ranked posts or shared them on various social media sites, to those who’ve commented and to those who subscribe.  All options are available at all times.

To mark the milestone, I’ve been tweeting some Helpgov blog 10,000 views stats on Twitter today.  Here they are.

Enjoy and keep enjoying.