2010 in review

Best wishes to all my readers for 2011!

I hope you all had a marvellous Christmas and New Year holiday. Mine was busy, with a fair amount of travelling, lots of good food, many family members to catch up with, lots of gifts to share and all this with Jesus Christ at the centre.

Mercifully, we were relatively unaffected by the snow and ice that caused chaos in other parts of the country. In fact, Torbay only had about 2 inches of snow and we only suffered travelling difficulties on one day.

So, what will 2011 hold? Will the higher VAT rate and rising fuel costs affect heritage bus operations? They will certainly affect private bus-owning individuals who may cut back on the number of events they attend. Numbers of people attending events around the country may also be adversely affected. As I write, the well-known Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) running day in Winchester should be in full swing but will it be the last in the current format? There are plans to develop the centre of Winchester which include pedestrian areas and the demolition of the bus station, both of which will affect the future operation of the running day.

My plans for 2011 include passing my PCV Practical Test before May, so that I can begin driving heritage buses during the summer season. Regular readers will remember that I have already passed my PCV Theory Test and CPC Case Studies modules, with only the practical test and practical demonstration left to do. I will of course post news of my progress.

I look forward to meeting some of you again at various events during the year, or on the Service 400 “Exmoor Explorer”. Keep checking back for updates or sign up for email notifications or RSS feeds.

Here’s a summary of my blog’s performance during last year. All the activity shown below helps with my online visibility and ratings in Google searches. I’m happy to say that it’s done pretty well for a blog with fairly sporadic posts!

Many thanks to you all.



The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 50 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 58 posts. There were 54 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 27th with 61 views. The most popular post that day was Drive It Day in Exeter.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were quantockmotorservices.co.uk, bobbrimley.fotopic.net, skylineaviation.co.uk, mail.live.com, and wsr.org.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for psv badges, cpc case study questions, cpc case study test, hold tight please, and cpc case study.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Drive It Day in Exeter April 2010


Driver CPC Case Study Test passed March 2010


Obsolete badges November 2009


A Day in the Life of a Bus Conductor November 2009


Bus Conductor’s Winter Uniform March 2010

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