It’s been an amazing digital romp keeping this blog going the last six years or so. Through the thick and thin days, I’ve appreciated your feedback comments. Taking stock today I now have 225 posts, 734 comments and over 135,000 hits,
So this is to say a Big Thank you to all who have supported and encouraged me to write. I miss the comments and feedback which usually came with a good dollop of characteristic humour, I got from Mike Udabage. Sadly he is not with us anymore, but I can still see his comments and smile.
I started this blog in 2007, November with the first post Shaken not stirred and my first experience of being hauled into a Police Station and having a ride with Police escorts in a blue jeep. At least, I got off without having to spend a night at the Royal Boarding House.
Prior to this in 2006, on the second anniversary of the Tsunami in 2004, I started the Hikkaduwa Chronicles . This was supposed to be a jumbled memoir of a family that has lived in Hikkaduwa for over a century. The original intention was to keep the two blogs separate – one on family history and one as a photoblog. But once our web aggregator Kottu took Hikkaduwa Chronicles off its list, and with limited time it made more sense to keep the Chuls Bits & Pics going as my main blog. Now, I reblog on to Hikkaduwa Chronicles, the relevant pieces, as I still have some readers who follow that.
Gold winner on hits is:
The next favourite is:
And the bronze goes to:
The posts on this blog that got more than 1000 hits are:
For me it’s always interesting to see the WordPress summaries and receive comments from someone from a far away place. This interaction is what makes a blog more interesting, than even writing a book. It’s the icing on the cake.
In this melee of blog posts, I’ve found another Chulie — Chulie Davey whose parents lived in Colombo in the 50’s and we exchanged Dear Chulie emails sometime ago; Dale from US who was a visitor to my parents home in the 1970’s and sends me links on classical music pieces to listen to and to read my blogs again; Klaus from Germany who was a great support to the family in the post tsunami traumatic times; nephews and neices who have found me on the blog and asked “Are you my Chulie Nandi?” …. and many more. such interesting virtual encounters. Happy too that a couple of stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines.
So, my friends, thanks again, wherever you are and do stay, and keep reading. The following stats are reproduced here with many thanks to WordPress — 3 more months to go for this year and I am looking forward to more blogging. Focus will be more on local history and travel stories. Do click on the Follow link on the blog and as always look forward to hearing from you.
|United Arab Emirates||1,015|
|Republic of Korea||238|
|Trinidad and Tobago||13|
|Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic||12|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||10|
|Antigua and Barbuda||8|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||7|
|Palestinian Territory, Occupied||6|
|Syrian Arab Republic||5|
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic||4|
|United Republic of Tanzania||3|
|Isle of Man||1|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||1|
|Papua New Guinea|