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I deem that it is time for a dose of omphaloskepsis, and to find out which of my miserable scrawlings captured your attention the most during the past year.
Not the easiest of years, with surgery in January that was supposed to have me recovered in a few days that actually took several months, and was a right pain (literally) to deal with. I also found out that home delivery of food now needs a very high minimum spend, which is difficult for a single person to achieve without stocking up on loads of frozen food, and booze.
Things were settling down nicely until the most exceptionally annoying thing I have had to deal with in years – the persistent hacking attacks on the website. In all my years of managing websites I’ve never seen anything as aggressive and persistent as this. The level of attacks being more suited to a bank or retailer than a small information website.
What was particularly stress inducing is that the hacker was spoiling the pages, while leaving them active resulting in lots of emails from people accusing me of ruining the website with adverts and the like.
Eventually, the problem was solved at some cost to the wallet and the nerves, even if I still wake up in the middle of the night at times and feel compelled to check if the website is working.
However, this year also saw a number of great opportunities to write about some amazing things. Of course, writing is it’s own reward, but there is still a frisson of excitement when something you’ve written turns out to be popular or eye-opening.
From being able to show of the amazing Bank tube station upgrade project, to spending time researching myths and debunking them, writing is a salve that restores the mind.
It’s a privilege to be in a position to use the website to get access to off-limits places and share them with a wider audience so the more people can see what goes on behind closed doors and building site hoardings.
Onward to 2019!
The top 10 countdown of what you read in 2018
(note, these are individual articles, if I were to do it by category, the alleys of London series would trump the lot, which is lovely)
The IanVisits website has been running now for just over a decade, initially as a personal blog, later adding the events listings guide to the offbeat and geeky events in London.
A hobby is now taking up a lot more time and energy to report on wider topics, of history, architecture, and of course, transport.
Apart from time — which as I hold down a full-time job is in short supply — the website has operating costs to keep it alive.
Advertising revenue contributes to funding the website, but increasing demands on hosting costs, particularly following recent events causing the website to need to be “hardened” above normal hosting standards, have made it more expensive to run.
Having failed miserably at winning the lottery, it’s time to seek alternative options.
That is why I have set up a facility with DonorBox where you can contribute to the costs of the website and time invested in writing and research for the news articles.
It’s very similar to the way The Guardian and many smaller websites are now seeking to generate an income in the face of rising costs and declining advertising.
Whether its a one-off donation or a regular giver, every additional support goes a long way to covering the running costs of the IanVisits website, and keeping you regularly topped up doses of Londony news and facts.
If you like what IanVisits provides, then please support the website here.
This article first appeared on www.ianvisits.co.uk
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