I missed one but not the other. Thankfully, I remembered the important one!
The one I forgot
Last week, the 20th October 2008 to be precise, would have been just another of those dreary Mondays had it not been for the completely unnoticed fact that it was the first anniversary of this blog ’20 east’. When I wrote the first post I really had no idea whether I would make it to the end of the first month, let alone the first year but here we are a year and a bit later and still going strong.
Statistics – Just over 43,000 visits have been made to this blog in the last year (not counting my own). There are 300 posts that have generated 1,069 comments. The best month was this month with circa 5,600 visits so far although the average monthly traffic is steady at around 4,000. The best day was Oct 11th 2008 with 273 visits. The average daily count on an annual basis was 62 in 2007 and 128 so far in 2008. The highest daily traffic throughout a month was this month with an average of 183 visits each day throughout October. The lowest was February with an average of only 83 per day. (February was a tough month with Dubai, chickenpox and a messy remont so this makes perfect sense!)
A year ago we were celebrating the end of the Kaczyński government, the election took place the day after I started this blog. One year later we are still worrying about the behaviour of his brother whilst trying to understand the implications of a crunch-munch on Europe, Poland in particular. Within the coming year might we expect to see more obvious Euro 2012 preparations as well as setting the foundations for Poland adopting the Euro currency? Perhaps some constitutional changes to clarify the roles of prime minister and president as well as removing any obstacles to that change of currency? We will for sure learn the real truth about just how gloomy or optimistic the economic forecasts for Poland should have been. We will undoubtedly see further slippage in the residential arena but made slightly less painful by Mr Tusk’s cuts in personal taxation that take effect on 1st January 2009. Anyone interested in football will be interested to see if Grzegorz Lato can turn around the fortunes of Polish Football or if he’s just another bad egg. That’s assuming that yesterday’s election result is not overturned.
I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has visited ’20 east’, especially those who visit regularly and those who take the time to comment.
The one I remembered
Yesterday was our ninth wedding anniversary. Hurrah for us!! For our tenth I’ve promised to take my wonderful wife to New York and buy her two pairs of Manolo Blahnik shoes. It’s the only reason she’s stayed with me this long! I’m going to have to come up with something even better for our 20th!
I’d like to say a big thank you to my wife! XXX