Happy First Birthday To My Blog!

In Which I Give You A Load Of Stats And Stuff

27th June 2012 – I posted my first ever blog post, about how I was trying to be a runner.

27th June 2013 – Still trying to be a runner.

Hello! How are you? Hope you’re well. I’m fine, thanks for asking! I’d go so far as saying I’m ‘Good’!

‘Very cheery’, you’d say back, ‘Have you won a free Twix?’

‘No!’ I’d reply. ‘It’s because it’s one year exactly since my first blog post!’

‘Wow!’ Would come your response. ‘I hope you have lots of stats ready!’

‘I do!’ I’d say.

How much do you now wish you lived at my house, when you see you’re missing out on brilliant conversations like this?!


The first time I ever tried running, it was horrible. Really horrible. Couldn’t even do 1/4 of a mile without walking. I pushed and pushed though, and managed to get a mile done with a mixture of run/walk. After that, my legs were killing me. Did I give up? No! I carried on and on, and gave up a bit, then started again and carried on and on and on and on!

Since then I’ve run the following officially organised runs:

Run Stats

1 x 5k Run

1 x 8.8k Run (Sent wrong way)

5 x 10k Runs (Best time: 56.57)

1 x 1/2 Marathon (02.38)

1 x Full Marathon (04.55)

I’m signed up to the British 10k in July and also the Yorkshire Marathon in October.

I’ve collected 7 medals, 10 T-Shirts, One Water Bottle and One Towel.

As well as the above I’ve started riding a bike a few times a week to work and back, and have learned how to swim. (Not swim to work, not sure how that’d work or why you thought it to be honest…)

Blog Stats

As of yesterday, I reached 1’000 subscribers to my blog. (The DAY before my blog turned a year old! Good timing or what?!)

I’ve had over 15’000 views on the blog in the past 12 months. (Works out about 40 views a day, but  about 14’000 or so must be me.)

I’ve had visitors on my blog from 89 different countries. Google says that there are 194 countries in the world, so that’s almost half!


One of my favourite stat things on WordPress is that it tells you when someone has found your blog through a search engine, and most of the time what they searched for. (A lot is ‘unknown search term’ and it’s unknown to me what that means.)

Search Stats

The number one search that brings people to my blog is ‘Guide Dog’ because I blogged quite a bit at the start about raising money for the guide dogs. There’s a lot of ‘hemingway run’ or ‘run hemingway’ or ‘hemingway run blog’ searches that get people to my page too, obviously people that know me or that have been on the site before. Another popular search that brings you here is ’50 fat diabetic ahead of you’ which is people searching for the image that I took from the internet and put on the Inspiration bit.


Most search terms that come up I don’t look at anymore, because it’s obvious how they ended up here. Ones like:

‘Great North 10k Medal’

‘Blackpool Marathon’

‘Leeds 10k 2012 t-shirt’

I’m sure I’ve mentioned each of them quite a few times in various blog entries, especially Blackpool Marathon. (…did I tell you I ran a marathon..?)

Then there’s searches that people do that somehow lead them here, but I can understand why, when it’s those certain words in that certain order. Things like:

‘Bonfire the Manor Eccleshill’ I live near Eccleshill and have ran passed The Manor pub, and have also blogged about a Bonfire Night 5K.

‘Road running Etiquette UK’ I once did a blog entry about running etiquette, so guessing that’s why they got here.

‘Tattoo in Blackpool near the train station’ I’ve mentioned Tattoos, Blackpool, and Train Stations on various entries.

‘Wrestlemania 29 showing in Blackpool’ Bit obscure, but on the Blackpool Marathon blog I mentioned that I watched Wrestlemania afterwards.

Those searches, I can understand why they ended up here.

What I don’t understand is how searches like these ended up here:

‘Homemade radio’ As far as I know, I’ve never made a radio in my life.

‘Guy who got ticket for driving and consuming too many energy drinks’ No idea.

‘Sayings around waiting so long on the toilet’ I don’t even understand what they were asking.

And then there’s this:


‘Great North Run Tit Flash’



EDIT: Thank you to everyone that takes the time to read my blog, and having done so doesn’t send me any abuse or anything, but instead leaves a nice comment, or follows my blog, or ‘likes’ the posts. You’re great. No YOU are. Oh, stop it, you!

39 thoughts on “Happy First Birthday To My Blog!

  1. I just started blogging and hope one day I’ll be writing a 1 year old anniversary post full of crap I won! Keep running strong 🙂

  2. Happy birthday to your blog! 🙂 As someone who is a new and blooming blogger, and also trying to be a runner, I’m finding your blog to be near and dear to my heart. Keep it coming, friend. 😉

  3. Awesome year of running. New to your blog, interested to read more. I am new to blogging myself, just about two months now. Happy running!

  4. Just one water bottle? They’re a plague here in the U.S. My husband and I both run, too, and we’d have to move to a bigger house to store all the water bottles we get at races. Now we try to give them away to friends who have kids (especially kids who are good at losing their water bottles).

    Anyway, just a quick note to wish your blog a happy birthday and to wish you “happy running”

  5. Congrats! Really enjoy reading your blog!

  6. I love that t-shirt!

  7. Happy (belated) blogiversary! I follow a number of blogs, but yours is definitely on my short list for favorite blogs – always very funny 🙂

  8. Thanks for checking out my blog. Your half marathon finish is very close to mine. Are you a run walker, too? So nice to learn that others are doing the same thing and aren’t fast. Inspirational!

  9. Wow…what a great Blog. I started my Blog on Monday. You have certainly set the bar very high for us newbie runner-bloggers. I am planning to run the Melbourne Marathon on October 13 th ( after a break of 23 years). Marathon come back ! http://Www.marathoncomeback.wordpress.com I can’t teach you anything about Blogging but if I can help you with your running please let me know.

    • Ah, newbie blogger but not a newbie runner! Your marathon is the week before mine, and thousands of miles away. I’ll keep track of your progress on your blog! Thanks for the comment!

  10. Happy First Birthday to your blog!

  11. Congrats and you’ve come a long ways, both on the blog and training! Neither are easy to keep up.

  12. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Here’s to many more years. And I also love looking at the bizarre search terms that bring people to my blog. “Great north run tit flash” is probably the best I’ve heard!!!

  13. Aw, love these stats! And well done on such an awesome year of running.

  14. Happy blog birthday, Hemingway. Love your first annual wrap-up.

  15. Happy 1 year Blogiversary!! That’s quite the progress and I’m glad you’re still having fun writing it b/c that’s what matters right? 🙂

  16. Congratulations! Love your stats, running stats as well as blog stats, “waiting around so long on the toilet” might be my favourite. Very random! Here’s to the next year! 🙂

  17. Happy birthday! I am only a recent follower but I enjoy your blog as much as any. It always makes me laugh.

  18. Congratulations and happy blog birthday! 🙂 enjoy the Twix!
    Your search engine terms are hilarious, and that photo is a classic!

  19. I do like that “Ahead of you” pic. That has always stayed in my mind from when I first saw it on your blog. Congrats on the anniversary!!! You’ve come a LONG way in just a year. Amazing!

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