We finally made it to Christmas…


Christmas near Stonnall, from my 365days tumblr. It’s been a long time coming, but I’ll be glad of the rest!

I’d like to wish all blog readers, contributors and friends a merry Christmas and a very happy, peaceful and prosperous new year – may 2016 bring all you hope for.

As each year passes, I get more and more surprised the blog is still going, and still growing. It really wouldn’t be possible at all without the help of the many contributors, associates, commentators, mates and co-conspirators. This thing is a team effort and I never lose sight of that.

This shambling, rambling edifice continues to stand on the shoulders of work done by fantastic people like Gerald Reece, Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler, Andy DennisIan PellDavid Evans, John and Paul Anslow, Ruth Penrhyn-LoweDave Moore and Brian Stringer. But it also relies on tipoffs with news, gossip, historical titbits and all manner of wonderful ephemera from a whole host of readers.I thank you all, for all of it: from the hysterical to historical, from the sad to the joyful.

Traffic has been good again this year – we’re nearly at three million hits, and this year should complete on course for about 940,000: we did about 890,000 in 2014, so things are still growing. In that year, two large news events alone accounted for about 180,000 hits, and thankfully we’ve had no news of such magnitude this year, so the blog is growing more than might be immediately apparent, but I feel sure it’s peaking now. There can’t be many more people to reach interested in the eclectic and rambling stuff I generate about Brownhills.

This has been a difficult year for me personally, with work taking up more and more of my time. A friend recently pointed out that I don’t actually write much stuff of my own at the moment, that it’s mostly contributions here: he’s right. Things slacken off in the New Year, so I intend to get back to writing more again.

I’m knackered right now. I need a rest.

To anyone whose subject they feel abandoned, or anything I’ve forgotten, please don’t hesitate to contact me and remind me. I’m over local social media like a bad case of measles or you can mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. It’s hard to keep up sometimes and I am very forgetful. I appreciate reminders.

These people, for comments, local blogs or other support should all be noted; The Stymaster, Richard ‘Wee ginger sausage’ Burnell, David Oakley, the loyal and fearless [Howmuch?], Trev in Aus (we’re all rooting for you mate), Paul FordLinda Mason, Aiden MacHaffie, The Plastic Hippo (Best blogger in the Midlands), Jayne Howarth, Kate GoodallSusan Marie Ward, Kate ‘Lichfield Lore’ Gomez, The YamYamWalsall Local History Centre  and many others.

We have continued to explore our area, rattle a few cages, and most of all, I think we’ve largely been having fun. Thanks for riding along with me, for the trust you place and respect you show.

In the face of stuff getting stolen, copied and ripped off for a few easy likes elsewhere, I will continue to pursue full debate and research here – to do this history we share justice. I keep this blog because I adore it, and love the conversation. This isn’t a popularity thing, and I can’t please everyone. I will continue in the manner to which I have become accustomed; impertinent, irreverent, opinionated and erratic, but searching, open and respectful to those who generate all the wonderful history that’s so abundant now.

Remember, if people like us weren’t doing the work, the magpies would have nothing to steal.

Take it easy, have a great time, and sharpen up for the the 2015/6 grand New Year Quiz, the format of which will change a little this year to give the underdogs more of a chance, but it will still be fiendish! As always, there will be top prizes of Backyard ale, books and other fantastic stuff.

Thanks, and best wishes to you all.


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15 Responses to We finally made it to Christmas…

  1. Dave (Eddy) Edwards says:

    Thanks and a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you Bob
    Best wishes to all who enjoy the blog and a special wish to “Hovis” too

  2. John Anslow says:

    All the best, Bob; keep up the wonderful work.

  3. Happy Christmas, Bob.

  4. Tina Benton says:

    Keep up the good work Bob! Happy Christmas.

  5. David Evans says:

    Happy Christmas Bob. Thanks for all the hard work you put in to your exceptional blog.. and seasons greetings to all your readers near and far.
    Young David

  6. aerreg says:

    thank you bob and all of you for your friendship and fellowship true friendship cannot be bought it is priceless a treasure you gave it to all god bless you happy new year and a blessed new year

  7. Clive says:

    Put yer feet up and have a Great Christmas Bob. and all the best to all the Blog readers out there
    Merry Christmas and a Great new year.

  8. ivor230240 says:

    All good wishes for Christmas Bob and for the coming year. You enrich the lives of lots of people. I’m one of them, and I’m extremely grateful for all that you do on our behalf.

  9. I’m hoping for a little something from Santa in a few hours – but we can all rely on BrownhillsBob to provide us with a little treat every day of the year!

    Best wishes

  10. Warren Parry says:

    good words Bob.

  11. Chris whitehouse says:

    Cheers bob love your blog pal have a merry xmas an happy new year

  12. Andy Dennis says:

    Like your message. Best wishes for the festivities and 2016. The blog has continued to be very strong. I’ve been a bit quiet of late, but am working on something that needs two things – leaves to fall and sunshine …

  13. david oakley says:

    Merry Christmas, Bob, and a Happy New Year.
    In the darkest corner of deepest North Yorkshire, the light of your blog reaches me and transports me back to those happy times as a youngster in Walsall Wood, long ago, but so well remembered. Scattered throughout the world are readers and contributors, whose formative years were spent in Brownhills and Walsall Wood. Your blog is so very important to us. My sincere thanks for another excellent and informative year. Kindest Regards.

  14. stuart says:

    Evening Bob and a very merry Christmas to you.
    Thank you for all that you do on this blog, it does enrich many lives, I for one am constantly informing people of links to your pages that are of interest to them and feedback is always positive. Rest up and have a good New Year Chap.

  15. Geoffp says:

    Thank you Bob for entertaining us and keeping us informed over the last year. Happy Christmas if it’s not too late and all the best for next year

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