April 11th, 2006 at 07:00am
November, the month leading up to the Christmas Cruise, the month where my employment status changed, and the month where page views skyrocketed due to rather unusual publicity.
The month started with me talking about how it took 20 attempts at taking a school photo until the photographer was satisfied, which was followed by Melbourne Cup fever, with me announcing that Makybe Diva would not win, showing you just how wrong I was, bringing you official TAB dividends, bringing you the complete running order, and finally reviewing the race and how it was covered in Canberra.
I had some dreams about fires and bicycles.
October’s Blog View Stats showed a steady increase is page views.
Dinosaurs, my high school canteen, John Mangos and Glenn Wheeler became parts of my dreams.
Then, what is probably the biggest event in the history of Samuel’s Blog occurred. I don’t think I could have ever predicted what was going to happen, or the huge increase in page views that it would bring, but the day that a commenter at The Spin Starts Here made reference to this blog as “the worst blog you’ll ever find”, and I received a Google Alert about a related matter, was the start of a very interesting and annoying chain of events. Most of it occurred on other websites, but it did bring an awful lot of people here, setting a new monthly record for visitors and page views. It also brought a lot of unhelpful comments, which forced another post about editorial policy.
Reading many of the comments left in the weeks after the link from The Spin Starts Here would show you why it was such an unusual and mildly annoying time in the history of Samuel’s Blog.
I then found out that the New Day Australia Christmas Cruise was going to be held on the same day as my Year 12 Formal…the decision was obvious, go to the Christmas Cruise. I had already paid for it, made travel bookings, and knew that it might be my only chance to meet John Kerr and some of his listeners, so I made up my mind, I was going to Sydney that day. As it turns out, I might be going to another one of John’s functions later this year, and if I knew that back then, I would still have made the same decision.
Then the rumors of Stuart Bocking taking over New Day Australia from John Kerr started to come partially true, with Stuart replacing George on the weekend version of the show.
I then became effectively unemployed and started looking for another job, and later confirmed just how arrogant my employer had been about it all.
Canberra’s radio ratings were released.
I showed off some of my artwork.
I also showed you some photos of my main portable radio.
This was followed by my call being part of The Best Of The John Laws Week. (Click here for the audio).
Spring in Canberra is a lovely time of the year, and a nice garden in Reid caught my attention.
Dickson College had their year 12 breakfast, which was quite good, and just before it the canteen manager told me that she heard me talking to Lawsie.
After this, we were one week out from the New Day Australia Christmas Cruise, and I started publishing daily weather reports for it. The forecasts were for thunderstorms, then cloudy, and cloudy again, it got better and became mostly sunny, and stayed that way, before becoming possible thunderstorms, then just thunderstorms. More on that in the December summary.
I then brought you an update on the Section 84 development.
2CC and 2CA suffered power failures, which reminded John B1_B5 of his time working at ABC transmitters.
The Spin Starts Here fiasco continued, with me agreeing to a photo with Loadedog over coffee.
I announced my playlist for the trip to Sydney and Back between 2CC & 2UE reception areas.
That pretty much wraps up November. December will be up for review tomorrow morning as we get closer to the birthday of Samuel’s Blog.
Entry Filed under: Year In Review