Portugal is in the same time zone as the UK, and clocks go forward and back at precisely the same time as the UK.
Therefore, to readers of ShiningInLuz who come from the UK and Ireland, and Portugal, we may be watching the same sights to bring in 2015.
Personally, I shall be watching the firework display in London and listening to Big Ben.
Perhaps you’ll be doing the same, or watching another display, such as the one from Edinburgh. Or participating in an alternative celebration in your neck of the woods.
What happened to ShiningInLuz in 2014?
It was born in June and took a long time to get any attention. Thereafter it has grown steadily and December was by far the busiest month so far.
The stats as they stand right now are as follows.
Spam comments dumped automatically by Askimet = 18. This seemingly dull stat is important. It means the spammers are beginning to pick up on ShiningInLuz, and I expect that total to rise like a rocket in 2015.
Comments rejected as they broke the law = 0. That’s a good start, and long may it continue.
Comments accepted and published = 210. 100% of non-spam comments received were published, whether they agreed or disagreed with ShiningInLuz in 2014. I predict that percentage will drop in 2015, as I expect we’ll get some comments that do break the law. However, for those that are not spam and do not break the law, your voice will be heard on ShiningInLuz, whether you agree with what is posted here or not. Differences of opinion are fully welcome here.
The number of views on ShiningInLuz, as at 22:15 on 31 Dec 2014 is 4,005. Since over 1,500 of those were in December 2014, I expect the total to be more like 25,000 on Hogmanay 2015.
I have only been keeping track of the number of countries visiting the site since the start of December. While I am confident the total number over the life of the site is larger, I am simply reporting the ones confirmed in the time I have been following this. At this point in time, the country total is 33. According to external stats, the number of countries in the world is 196, so at the moment I can claim that ShiningInLuz has reached about one country in six.
Enough of the stats, back to New Year’s Eve.
It is now approaching 22:20 on 31 Dec 2014 and I have better things to do than post on ShiningInLuz. The fireworks in Luz started a long time ago. Restaurants, bars and private villas are having parties everywhere. (I live near the ‘Simple Minds’ villa, which happens to be yet another weird coincidence.)
Whichever of those 33+ countries you live in, thank you for visiting ShiningInLuz in 2014.
Please make 2015 a truly great year for you.
Happy New Year from Luz.