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!