Stats for nffcblog.com for 2011..

WordPress.com has very helpfully compiled a report of the calendar year of 2011 for the site – which always, when I trouble to look at the stats, reminds me how many of you pop along to read and comment on my ramblings.  I really appreciate it – you can see the report by clicking on the link below.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 220,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks a MILLION!

Each penny in this box represents one hit to this site since it started. It's a lot, innit?!

Self indulgent blog post alert.  Come on, you can let me off, can’t you? I don’t do it very often (ignoring the whole concept of writing a blog about anything is inherently self-indulgent of course… but you know what I mean, I hope!).

Anyway, it’s not Forest related – beyond being about this site, which is.  But, excitingly for me, at some point today – probably through clicking on an intriguing headline on a news feed and then being duped into reading this twaddle (sorry!) – since the inception of this site in 2006 – and accurately forecast by me to occur before the end of July – http://nffcblog.com will be in receipt of its’ ONE MILLIONTH hit from you good people.

Given I’m at work tomorrow I won’t be able to succumb to the urge to see exactly when it occurs – perhaps the stars will align themselves and as the magical moment is reached Forest will sign the players they’re after, Billy and the transfer acquisition panel will all have a group hug, and all will be well with the world – hell, maybe even some of the rumours might come true, and the different Forest message boards will stop slagging each other off.

Hmm. A bit much to ask for, perhaps, on the basis of a random number being reached here – but I really can’t tell you how chuffed I am that the site continues to grow from strength to strength each season (I measure my ‘years’ from August to July – and in hitting the magic million am already assured of healthy year on year growth in visitor numbers, which is awesome!), and that’s thanks to all of you.

As for what I would prefer to be writing about – in all honesty, I’ve even given up on trawling for nuggets of truth within the rumour mills because they’ve become such a haven of desperate and increasingly unreasonable people.  So I have nothing to report on the Forest front aside from the rumblings of further friction between Billy and his fellow Transfer Acquisition Panel members.  I still think he does that for show, though.

Feeling twittery about the game?

Tweeting will now be taking place at the City Ground!

Tweeting will now be taking place at the City Ground!

I was reading about Stephen Fry having an ordeal (well, an incident) in a broken down lift.  He passed the time by using a social networking site called ‘Twitter‘ – which basically, is like a public text message repository as far as I can tell.  I hadn’t really heard of it before, indeed the sinister undertones of Facebook are something I’m only dimly aware of – but looking at how Fry was able to commentate upon his predicament as well as receive comments back from concerned ‘followers’ (a sinister term!) got me thinking about matchdays, with a little help from the chap who sent me the link to the story, admittedly.

It could be quite a good thing to be doing at a football match – followers in this case are much less sinister, they’re people who can’t make it to the actual game due to geography/time/cash or whatever.  Given the ability to reply or ‘tag’ posts even people at the game (via the use of mobile devices) could make use of it too, to offer a real 360 experience.  Of course, the chances are we’ll all get bored and not be bothered!  I tried to make my ‘Tweets’ (Twitter updates) appear on the right hand side in a box – but my technical incompetence let me down on that front, I have somebody lined up to fix it for me, but probably not today.

For those of you that use Twitter, then feel free to follow me and if I remember I’ll try to send a few updates during the game this evening.  I am, predictably, going under the name of nffcblog, for a bit more immediate feedback after/during a game it could be a real boon – and of course, folks going to the game could utilise the system to send their own thoughts.  Or we might just all forget and get tied up in the intense atmosphere of the game, which brings me on to the game.

Looking at Billy Davies’ squad, it’s a rather young looking one – it looks very much like Earnie will be unavailable, a sensible move – whilst it’s a local derby and everything, it’s a cup game – a luxury, not a priority – we don’t want to be risking him if his hamstring is still a bit ropey.  With Garner getting his inevitable suspension, that leaves the ever-hard-working Tyson as our only senior striker – Newbold and Rodney are likely to be the backup firepower on the bench – a bench which will have an average age of about 12 as far as I can tell!

It was quite amusing listening to the radio this morning, Luke Chambers was trying to be diplomatic about the Commons-factor, before basically saying the fans were going to lay into him and he deserved it!  Certainly the appetite seems to be there, and Billy will want to get a result too, but I do worry that we’re somewhat down to the bare bones – and whilst league results last night went broadly according to plan, I do still worry about league matters given the fragility of our small squad right now.  I’m not sure whether we have quite enough in our locker tonight, which is pretty negative, but honest.

Needless to say, as the afternoon wears on the parochialness will kick in and sense and logic will go out the window, but for now I’m cautiously pessimistic – and frankly, would be prepared to forgoe a home shoeing by Manchester United for three points on 21st of February.  I anticipate this outlook will shift by about 4pm, after which point I will be contemplating emigrating if the result doesn’t go our way, such is life, huh?

A few bits and pieces about the site..

Firstly, you might have noticed a new banner atop the site – thanks to Peter Collison for letting me pinch the very same picture he uses on his site, arf! The thinking behind it is a couple of things, firstly, I wanted to remove any images of players – the last banner had Kris Commons (admittedly beheaded) on the right hand side, the black armband he was wearing meant he was often mistaken for Breckin! I tried to think of what made me proud of being a Forest fan, and thus chose to feature only fans in the picture, and the ground.

I was half tempted to go back down a historical route that I’ve done before, but I also wanted the banner to be at least an implication of some positivity about the future. Whilst I don’t have a massive amount of faith in this being true necessarily, I have decided since I know I’ll buy my season ticket in the vain hope my cynicism is misplaced, I might as well carry on this venture too – I did so originally with a delirious hope that I was to witness the dawning of a new era, how ironic that instead I’ve spent a season documenting the dawning of our worst ever era of football! I suppose that in itself has proven interesting, albeit in a macabre sense.

So this post is designed to herald a fresh start and and a look to the future – be it positive or negative – for Through the seasons before us, apologies in advance to those who clicked from news feeds and find nothing but self-indulgence (I did try to make it clear from the headline), but I have no control about which stories are and aren’t syndicated elsewhere. For those of you who’ve regularly commented and emailed throughout the season, my heartfelt thanks – it’s been an interesting time, hopefully together we can look forward to commenting on better times ahead.

Oh yes, and with the overwhelming total of 35 signatures, I’ve made the executive decision that ‘the Wednesday night campaign’ appears to have insufficient support to really prove likely to yield any fruit!  Whilst a limited number of us seem to feel fairly strongly about it, it would seem that the passive majority don’t really see much difference between a Wednesday or Tuesday night game – I’ll leave the petition online, but I can’t see a sudden upsurge in interest somehow!

Record attendances and new look..

In a little over two months of blogging about Forest, the site has managed to get to almost 20,000 hits – and the last two days have been somewhat crazy, twice breaking the previous busiest day for the site – see what happens when you post something about fighting? I dunno, you lot are obviously all just a bit morbidly obsessed with such things! I’ve been pleasantly surprised though with the various comments being left and amount of traffic, so thanks, and please do keep commenting.

With that in mind I’ve done a couple of things – thanks to the wonderful people at WordPress (who host this blog – ideal for technical dimwits like me!), I now have my very own domain name pointing at the space – although the old address works too, so you can point your browser to either http://www.nffcblog.com or the old address of https://nffc.wordpress.com and they’ll both reach here – which is really rather exciting!

The final change is I’ve updated the header to be a bit more contemporary – whilst I’m as proud as anyone of our past achievements, I’ve decided the bulk of what I write about is current, with the odd diversion into the past – so the look of the site should reflect that, afterall, this whole project kicked off because I was half hoping that something good might come of this season, so imagery from this season seems more appropriate!

So anyway, not really Forest news at all, but just incase you’d noticed a few changes around the site, that’s why!