For twelveconsecutiveFebruaries 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 you'd no doubt be disappointed otherwise. I kicked off this annual exercise way back in 2003, so I now 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 2015.
Count 1: Number of visits to this blog (Feb 2014 total: 51727) (↓7% on 2013) Count 2: Number of comments on this blog (Feb 2014 total: 477) (↓13%) Count 3: Number of words I wrote on this blog (Feb 2014 total: 32283) (↑10%) Count 4: How many hours each day I sleep (Feb 2014 total 165) (↑1%) Count 5: Number of nights I go out and am vaguely sociable (Feb 2014 total: 6) (↑50%) Count 6: Number of bottles of Becks I drink (Feb 2014 total: 4) (↑100%) Count 7: Number of cups of tea I drink (Feb 2014 total: 129) (↑2%) Count 8: Number of trains I travel on (Feb 2014 total: 101) (↓28%) Count 9: Number of steps I walk (Feb 2014 total: 254579) (↓7%) Count 10: The Mystery Count(Feb 2014 total: 0) (again)
I've tweaked a couple of these counts this year, just to keep things fresh. In count number 4 I used to count the number of hours I worked, rested and played, but this year I've decided to focus solely on the number of hours I sleep. I suspect that's the interesting figure, being relatively low, that 165 hour total averaging out at 5 hours 54 minutes a night. And count number 9 is new, replacing 'the number of escalators I walk up' with 'the number of steps I walk', thanks to the modern smartphone's ability to tally physical exertion automatically. Unless running is your hobby, I suspect my quarter of a million steps per month may be better than yours, because that equates to 94 miles in total. Annoyingly the month just gone was even better, at a rip-roaring 147 miles, but that's because I've been on leave a lot in January and alas February's unlikely to match it.
Once again I'll be using an online website called Daytum to keep track of my counts. Daytum is a real-time data 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.