Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my dinghy cruising blog about my John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. Built over three years, Arwen was launched in August 2007. She is a standing lug yawl 14' 6" in length. This blog records our dinghy cruising voyages together around the coastal waters of SW England.
Arwen has an associated YouTube channel so visit to find our most recent cruises and click subscribe.
On this blog you will find posts about dinghy cruising locations, accounts of our voyages, maintenance tips and 'How to's' ranging from rigging standing lug sails and building galley boxes to using 'anchor buddies' and creating 'pilotage notes'. I hope you find something that inspires you to get out on the water in your boat. Drop us a comment and happy sailing.
Steve and Arwen

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

analyzing the stat's!

I've been looking at the stat's for this blog. It's quite interesting and so I share with you a very brief summary of the main headlines. Since the blog was started back in May 2010, people from 76 countries have visited the site. The UK and the USA have the biggest numbers of visitors, followed by Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Way down the list of visits, but of no lesser importance to me, are some interesting places e.g. Qatar, Macedonia, Kuwait and Bangladesh. I'm thinking of getting a world wall map for my classroom and putting in pins and strings - the geographer in me senses there is a pattern in there somewhere worth retrieving.

Today we have had 28 page views. Yesterday it was 48. Last month we had 1648 page views and for all time since the blog started - 9978. hey, you've just made that total rise by merely visiting me now and you are most welcome. Sit back, kick off your shoes - go to oldest posts first and enjoy. take a break - get a coffee - come back - chill for a while with me and Arwen.

Many people catch up with Arwens Meanderings via another website. Duckwork's is the most popular referring url. Othe popular ones include Dave's 'openboat' site; Rob's 'the middle thing' site, Gavin's 'in the boat shed' site, Joel's 'navigator' site; and Steve's 'log of Spartina' site. All these can be accessed from the menus on the right hand side of this blog and hey guys - thanks for the mention - much appreciated.

Peak traffic to Arwen's blog was September 2010 - I sense that many enjoyed the tale of my extended voyage to Salcombe and my reoccurring bouts of sea sickness - harsh people - to take enjoyment from someone else's suffering - harsh indeed! One person on YouTube even asked if I could remember next time to film myself hurling up over the side.....yeah - of course I will - can't understand why I so selfishly forgot to do that in the first place!!!!!!!!!!

There have been around 1900 searches using google.  The most popular search terms have been 'Arwen', 'Welsford', lug sail', 'lugsail yawl' and 'dinghy cruising'. The most interesting one, worthy of further investigation I feel was this rather intriguing entry ' Steven tied to a mast short story'. I'm still trying to work out how that search led to 'Arwens Meanderings'!



Marius said...

Hi Steve,

Yours is one of the openboat blogs I visit almost daily, so I must have contributed handsomely to your stats.

I sail a Sentinel Explorer which is like a Drascombe Lugger in many respects.

Keep the interesting blogs coming!

Marius (from sunny Cape Town)

steve said...

hey marius - good to hear from you again - wish it was sunny here.

glad you enjoy the site - thank you for the compliment - much appreciated