For fourteenconsecutiveFebruaries 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 over 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 2017.
Count 1: Number of visits to this blog (Feb 2016 total: 60609) (↑4% on 2015) Count 2: Number of comments on this blog (Feb 2016 total: 687) (↑10%) Count 3: Number of words I wrote on this blog (Feb 2016 total: 31192) (↑3%) Count 4: Number of hours each day I sleep (Feb 2016 total: 174) (↑7%) Count 5: Number of nights I go out and am vaguely sociable (Feb 2016 total: 8) (-) Count 6: Number of bottles of Becks I drink (Feb 2016 total: 1) (↑1) Count 7: Number of cups of tea I drink (Feb 2016 total: 133) (↑3%) Count 8: Number of trains I travel on (Feb 2016 total: 132) (↑6%) Count 9: Number of steps I walk (Feb 2016 total: 238180) (↓16%) Count 10: The Mystery Count(Feb 2016 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 data tracker which displays numbers in aprettyway, and which somehow hasn't gone offline since I started using it. 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 aim 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 wouldn't get your hopes up. Stalk away.