For ten consecutive Februaries 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. I kicked off this annual exercise precisely ten Februaries ago, so I'll soon have a decade of thrilling historical data to analyse. Expect a post or two of comparisons at the end of the month, if you can bear the wait. Here's my selected list of ten countables for February 2013.
Count 1: Number of visits to this blog (Feb 2012 total: 40018) (↑8% on 2011) Count 2: Number of comments on this blog (Feb 2012 total: 440) (↓27%) Count 3: Number of words I wrote on this blog (Feb 2012 total: 25698) (↑11%) Count 4: How many hours each day I work/rest/play (Feb 2012: work 25%, not-work 75%) Count 5: Number of nights I go out and am vaguely sociable (Feb 2012 total: 6) (↓33%) Count 6: Number of bottles of Becks I drink (Feb 2012 total: 14) (↓30%) Count 7: Number of cups of tea I drink (Feb 2012 total: 133) (↓1%) Count 8: Number of trains I travel on (Feb 2012 total: 118) (↑8%) Count 9: Number of escalators I walk up (Feb 2012 total: 43) (↑23%) Count 10: The Mystery Count(Feb 2012 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 the next 24 hours 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 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.