For eleven consecutiveFebruaries on diamond geezer I've kept myself busy by counting things. Ten different counts, to be precise, in a stats-tastic 28-day feature called The Count. You therefore won't be surprised to hear that I intend to do exactly the same again this year, indeed I've already started. I kicked off this annual exercise way back in 2003, so I'll soon have a dozen years of thrilling historical data to analyse. Expect a post or two of comparisons at the end of the month, if you're vaguely interested, and if you can bear the wait. Here's my selected list of ten countables for February 2014.
Count 1: Number of visits to this blog (Feb 2013 total: 55369) (↑38% on 2012) Count 2: Number of comments on this blog (Feb 2013 total: 546) (↑24%) Count 3: Number of words I wrote on this blog (Feb 2013 total: 29410) (↑14%) Count 4: How many hours each day I work/rest/play (Feb 2013: work 21%, not-work 79%) Count 5: Number of nights I go out and am vaguely sociable (Feb 2013 total: 4) (↓33%) Count 6: Number of bottles of Becks I drink (Feb 2013 total: 2) (↓86%) Count 7: Number of cups of tea I drink (Feb 2013 total: 127) (↓5%) Count 8: Number of trains I travel on (Feb 2013 total: 139) (↑18%) Count 9: Number of escalators I walk up (Feb 2013 total: 40) (↓8%) Count 10: The Mystery Count(Feb 2013 total: 0) (again)
Once again I'll be using an online website called Daytum to keep track of my counts. Daytum is a real-time graphic tracker which displays numbers in aprettyway. For a while it'll be displaying last February's totals, but then I'll set everything back to zero and start reporting this year's counts from scratch. I then intend to update my counts on Daytum at least once a day until the 28th of the month, and then I'll come back and tell you how my February went. Who knows, the Mystery Count might even require enumeration this year, although I'm not holding my breath. Stalk away.