There hasn’t been much time to write. This isn’t a site for daily updates – the past twelve months at Roads of Stone have seen just 28 posts.
Still, that adds up to around 20,000 words, squeezed into odd moments here and there, so perhaps it’s not surprising that I’ve been busy.
Those words have extended to travel writing on Kenya (seven posts), Scotland, Texas, Bermuda and France.
Conversations have extended to cover geology, music, golf, UK and US politics, the history of horseracing and Shakespearean theatre, petroleum economics, global warming, the urban development of London and French cooking.
These diverse topics have been digested with a steady diet of running, both in my Surrey and Sussex hills at home and across wider horizons abroad.
The most popular new posts from the past twelve months were those on Kenya, attracting over 8,000 readers. High energy prices have defined the year, and my analysis of the oil price shock was read over 1,600 times.
Amongst older posts, my account of the 2007 London to Brighton bike ride found nearly 3,000 readers, with over 300 on the day after this year’s event.
Traffic has grown from 16,000 views in the first year to 140,000 in the second. Clearly the site has established itself as a destination of choice – for all those politically-minded, sporty rockhounds of a certain age who profess an interest in natural and economic history as well as the survival of this planet.
So what lies ahead? We live in fascinating times – witnessing a global economic crash, a new US President and perhaps a change of UK government, too.
Plenty to think about whilst running, and lots more to see along the way. And in the meantime, thanks to all of you for coming with me.
160. A year of Roads of Stone
183. Kenya 7: new light on a dark continent
174. The hidden history of Texas – on Buffalo Bayou, Houston, USA
167. Paris – Ville de lumière
178. Full fathom five – on Elbow Beach, Bermuda
186. Firth of stone and fire – North Berwick, Scotland
181. The Ophelia of Suburbia – Hogsmill River, Ewell