Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Dragged from my bed before 7am by my youngest who gets up at the same time every day irrespective of what time she went to bed. We took the kids for a Christmas treat to see the excellent (if long, I thought), Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre last night. It was close to midnight before they were in their beds. "It's Christmas Eve Daddy!"

So, on that note, time to wish my regular readers a very Merry Christmas and hope we all get what we want on Boxing Day. We should beat Cardiff City and the Bookies might be asking for trouble by offering us at 15-8, although those prices probably reflect our tendency to settle for draws at home.

As I reflect on the year, I see that the number of Posts has again dropped for the second year in succession. Very simply, there has been less to write about and perhaps points to a continuing disillusionment of sorts amongst our fan-base given the near perpetual struggle, our ongoing inability to score goals and, frankly, our relatively poor performances at the Valley.

The numbers of visitors to this site has also dropped again in the last year, the second time in succession since the 2012 high, when I had 120,00 page visits. That will partly be accounted for by the reduction in posts but also by lower gates and a similar decline in overall interest. 

Still, I have always been a quality over quantity kind of guy, so I thank all of you who do look in here for my view, if not necessarily for news. I was talking with Chicago Addick recently and we both agreed that you could break news via Blogs when blogging started but it's almost impossible now given the proliferation of smart-phones and just how connected everyone is. Forever Charlton has always been my daily staple for all things Charlton Athletic and NewsNow was good for awhile. Nowadays Twitter usually spreads any news (and a lot more non-news) like wildfire and it's almost impossible to hear something without finding a thread on the excellent Charlton Life on the same topic with less that twenty comments. 

So, blogging is changing but as I have said before, I do it mainly because I enjoy it and because it's a form of therapy. The strapline of a "a trouble shared..." is very deliberate.

Merry Christmas everybody!


Anonymous said...

Merry xmas to you too Dave - really enjoyed reading your blog. Enjoy your very early morning tomorrow!


Pembury Addick

Dave said...

Thanks PA. You know what I am likely to feel like on Boxing Day - 3 points will help my recovery.

Phil said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Dave. I hope you have a good time. I echo your comments re blogging. I often feel that if I haven't written something more than about a day after a game then my comments become the internet equivalent of chip paper ! Phil.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Dave, all the best to you and the family for the New Year.

A move back to Blighty is imminent for us, so a few trips to the Valley in the second half of the season is much looked forward to (or perhaps not).

Have a good one mate.


Dave said...

Merry Christmas Paul and best wishes to all the H's. Where are you looking - I'm an expert now! Cheers, Dave.

ChicagoAddick said...

Merry Christmas to you and your girls Dave. See you for a pint at the Brighton game.

Dave said...

Thanks CA - I trust you enjoyed some southern hospitality and hope you and the girls get everything you have asked Santa for. 7.20 and we are just about to start :)

Anonymous said...

All the best to you and yours Dave. Mine are still in bed.
Tony P

Dave said...

The biggest kid is up though! Merry Christmas Tony.