Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Friday, February 02, 2007

Our blog passes 1,500 hits ... in a month!

Our little club blog has now passed 1,500 hits in a single month - as you see (apart from a gap in the summer) every month has seen more readers than the last. By the end of today we'll have passed 9,000 overall - and presumanly 10,000 by the end of February.

While we can take a reasonable guess on who around 30 of the regular readers are, this would mean that each of our team is logging on over 50 times per month... which seems unlikely as my guess is that there are more exciting websites out there. Like Nikki's for starters!

Truth is that there is a very big readership from outside the club necause only about a third of the hits are from locations registered in North Herts. The site has quite a significant "fan base" in the likes of Luton. Oxford, Watford, Abingdon, and Welwyn Garden City- in each case at least one person from these places logs in (on average) once a day!

But there is international interest too. We get at least one "hit" every day from somewhere the USA (a particular hello to Long Beach, California!) - and we've also had significant number of visitors from Canada, New Zealand, France, Japan, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, China, and South Africa.

Which all begs the question.... why? I mean we can guess why there was a sudden spike in readers from Sussex and Milton Keynes at certain times of the season, but why so many people from other towns read about our activities so often is anyone's guess. Maybe they like the writing style. Or the pictures...

Still, I wonder if any other ordinary junior sports team generates this level of interest?


  1. The reason for the "HITS" are:
    1. Interesting sticky blog
    2. Good pictures
    3. A real good club feel, not just we are the best, but we are human.

    Well done John, keep up the great work.

    Dan Cottrell

  2. Oh gosh, darn it, I'm all embarrased now...

    Thank you Dan!


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