One year on, which are the most popular posts?
I thought I’d do a quick round-up of the most viewed posts during the first year of this blog.
According to WordPress, this is the 83rd post, which makes an average of about 1.5 a week. I’d like to write more often but don’t always have the time. Thankfully now that this blog is on Twitter it is easy to put something out there quickly without having to draft a full post.
Anyway, here are the top ten posts according to number of views:
- From Runaway Girl to Silversmiths
Written one week after Gordon Ramsay recorded the TV programme (but five months before it was broadcast)
- Free wi-fi hotspots in Sheffield city centre
I started logging free wi-fi locations in the city last year, although the launch of wifi-in-sheffield.co.uk in January has probably already superceded this
- City of Sheffield walkabout – a photo tour
Photographs comparing Sheffield in 2008 to the city as featured in a 1970s council brochure
- Cocoa chocolate shop
Documenting a visit to this Eccy Road treasure
- Sheffield Twitter users
Ever-expanding list of organisations, groups and companies from Sheffield on Twitter
- Date for cooling towers demolition confirmed
In terms of page views, August was one of the most popular months on this blog, no doubt in part due to the passing of the cooling towers
- Sheffield City on the move video from The Fully Monty
The full version of the 1970s promotional film used at the start of the hit movie appears online
- The day Sheffield stood still
Report and videos from Sheffield’s first-ever large-scale flash mob
- Sheffield to London by train
Some thoughts on a journey that I have had the joy of completing many a time, written a few months after Midland Mainline handed over the franchise to East Midlands Trains
- The Moor, Sheffield
A look at the long-overdue and continued redevelopment of one of Sheffield’s pedestrianised shopping streets
What does the next year hold for this blog? Luckily there is still more going on in Sheffield than could ever be covered here, so I don’t see any reason why there shouldn’t be plenty more posting, tweeting and perhaps some more videos.
As I mentioned above the bigger issue is making time to create the content, so if anyone would anyone be interested in contributing posts then let me know. I’ve also got one or two other ideas for directions that it could go in, so watch this space.
In the meantime, if you have got any comments or suggestions then get in touch.
Posted by Sheffield blog on 12 March, 2009
Are East Midland Trains any better than Midland Mainline?
Having been a regular traveller for the last eight years on the train route between Sheffield and London, I watched with interest the impact the transfer of the franchise from Midland Mainline to East Midlands Trains (EMT) in November 2007 would have.
Recently it seems EMT has spent money updating the corporate livery on the outside of carriages, however it wouldn’t hurt to prioritise passenger benefits instead. The first thing that most regular travellers noticed after the change was the immediate withdrawal of free tea and coffee. What a warm welcome to the franchise!
I am writing this as I travel from Sheffield to London but will have to upload it later this weekend, as there isn’t a sniff of wi-fi on the EMT fleet. Never mind the livery; would the money have been better spent on installing a wi-fi network, at least on the trains that serve London?
It is good that the trains look smart and the branding is becoming more consistent (and less confusing) across the fleet, but EMT failed in an opportunity to put customers’ needs before corporate ones and match NX Trains in offering free wi-fi as standard across the whole train.
To be honest, I haven’t noticed any difference in punctuality or reliability since EMT took over. Some trains still arrive early, some are on time and there are still delays: on a recent journey I was stuck on a service outside Leicester for 2 hours, and in total arrived 4 hours later than scheduled.
I didn’t mind too much as I was in no hurry and knew I would get a refund on my ticket. However when I applied for my money back I was told that in accordance with their friendly passenger charter, as the delay was due to vandalised points and signals, I wasn’t entitled to a penny.
At least the beginning and end of the Sheffield to London journey is a pleasure. Sheffield station is looking really good (ignoring the well-documented traffic access problems) and St Pancras has gone from being the most run down major London station serving national connections to being by far the most spectacular. I am looking forward to doing a trip to France from Sheffield by train.
Next time I travel to London, due to timetabling and ticket prices, I am actually going via Doncaster, so can look forward to the free, unrestricted wi-fi access for everyone.
Posted by Sheffield blog on 11 May, 2008