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The Rambles of Neil Monnery hits One Million Page Views.

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This is a purely vanity blog post but this morning this blog ticked over the one million page view mark and that number is completely insane, so just wanted to say thank you to those of you who’ve actually read my rubbish over the years.

The number is actually far higher than a million page views as I moved from a WordPress hosted to a self-hosted blog about nine months in to this blogs existence and therefore my stats started from zero again.

When I started this blog I did in mainly because I wanted to own the neilmonnery.co.uk domain and didn’t really know what I wanted it for. I just wanted to ensure that I owned it so no-one else could. I decided to blog because I had in the past worked in writing and obviously have that degree in Journalism lying around somewhere. So it would be a place where I could vent or air my thoughts on anything that tickled my fancy.

I know this blog has at times been controversial. I know at times this blog has cost me dates (true story) and I know at times I have opened up to such a degree that it seems less of a blog but more of an online diary. At times I have wrestled with the idea of not being so open on here but have decided that I want to be true to myself and anything I write, I know there is a chance people will read it. I do have my secrets that don’t get aired on here (although often you’ll find subtle hints woven into blog posts) but I know the line between my privacy and those of others.

In the first couple of years I had a pretty decent readership amongst Lib Dems and was a well-read writer but in the past couple of years those readers have drifted away to other blogs. These days more people read about my life – certainly my dating exploits (or lack of them) and of course whenever Take Me Out gets going I may get one or two views for those pieces but all in all to get a million page views is far and away in excess to what I ever thought would happen.

So for those who agree or disagree, think I’m great, think I’m dumb, whatever, I hope that I’ve made you smile or made you think. If I’ve done one or the other then I’ve done something right. Whether I’ll ever make two million views, who knows but for now, I’m pretty darn impressed that this blog has been clicked on more than a million times – and that is quite something.

One million page views on some nobodies personal blog…madness.

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August 14th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

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How to keep up to date with The Rambles of Neil Monnery

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As The Rambles of Neil Monnery closes in on half a million views in it’s short 18 month life (on this server – I didn’t transfer the old stats over – doh) I thought I would post a blog just to point out the many ways you can keep up to date with the goings on here on the blog:

The easiest way to keep up to date is to subscribe to e-mail alerts. You can do that on the top right-hand corner of the screen. Just enter your e-mail address and you’ll get an e-mail whenever a blog is published (unless I override which I do every so often, i.e. if it is a guest blogger or other circumstances).

You can follow me on twitter. I tweet a fair bit mostly about politics or sport or TV – so pretty much like i do on this very blog. I will also tweet whenever I have uploaded a new blog post. You can follow me @neilmonnery

Another easy way is to like the blog on Facebook. If you do this whenever a new story is uploaded it will come up in your timeline like the below graphic. You can like the blog by clicking on the ‘The Rambles of Neil Monnery on Facebook’ box on the right-hand side of the page or by going to The Rambles of Neil Monnery page on Facebook and liking it there.

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Example of Facebook timeline entry if you like the blog on Facebook.

I (like most other blogs/websites) also offer an RSS Feed service. You can add our raw RSS Feed to any RSS reading service. This is yet another way you can use to keep up to date on my latest pieces.

Of course the other way is to just keep logging on to the website. It is updated often with various rubbish that hopefully you’ll either find semi-interesting or worthwhile reading. I hope you enjoy the blog and I’ll endeavour to keep writing and hopefully entertaining or at the very least thought-provoking.

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November 18th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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The Rambles of Neil Monnery is back, faster, more reliable but not necessarily better

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Hello All.

After several months of shall we call it fun and games with 123reg I have migrated my site to Evohosting and hopefully that should mean that the site won’t be down for several hours each day. I made the switch on Monday but these things take time to propagate across the Globe.

I had forgotten that moving my site would mean all my posts would disappear so I had quite a panic on Monday evening when I logged on to my website and the new version loaded up with a sole ‘Hello World!’ post. Luckily a few minutes later the ld site loaded up and I was able to export my posts and therefore all my posts since I started the blog are still on the site. All the URLs match up too so none of my links are broken. All my images were but I have sorted out some of them. Some on very old blogs I haven’t exactly got round too yet.

Also I forgot that I would lose all my stats. In a sad way I love looking back at what stories are most read etc.and starting from 0 after being at around 123,000 was a bit of a depressing sort. However despite Google saying it wasn’t possible when I put in my Akismet API key in it asked me if I wanted to transfer my stats over from another website. I said yes and hey presto all my stats were there. Also I now use WordPress stats and not Jetpack. I just didn’t like Jetpack and it never let me return to the old stats system. I am certainly not upgrading to Jetpack any time soon.

Also as part of this change on the blog I have dragged myself into the 21st Century. With my new hosting I have set up my e-mails to IMAP instead of POP and set up several e-mail addresses. Therefore all personal/work e-mail is now also accessible via my iPhone as both the virgin.net and neil@neilmonnery addresses are now going into my iPhone as well. If you need/want to get hold of me you can e-mail me via the link in the right hand column.

So yes from now on hopefully this blog will not experience any more downtime. The content will still be the same. I mix of politics, news, sport, random stuff that flutters into my mind. I have transferred all the e-mail addresses who are subscribed over to the new blog and hopefully it has worked. If it hasn’t then please get in touch. You can sign up for e-mail alerts in the right hand column somewhere. You can also like the site on Facebook and all the posts will show up in your Facebook feed.

With that I shall end this blog. Keep smiling folks.

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January 26th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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