Ten years of World of Blyton

I find it hard to believe but World of Blyton was born ten years ago today! I remember Stef and I sitting in my bedroom at my parents’ house brainstorming ideas, and then blog names and writing our first post. It’s funny to think that the kids that first suggested a newsletter or blog of some kind and inspired us to start this are now all grown ups!

There have been some changes along the way – the biggest being that in 2018 Stef stepped away from the blog and I’ve carried it on by myself. In that time I upgraded to a proper domain (so WordPress isn’t in the web address any more) and have added more storage for all the photos I add.

The last few years have seen a big increase in visitors. I’d like to think that’s down to me learning and getting better as I go on but in reality if you look at the visitor stats they almost doubled between April 2020 and June 2020. And what happened then? Significant parts of the world went into lockdown so people were bored at home and perhaps feeling nostalgic. But in saying that – people are still coming back so I must be doing something right.

Some stats

I haven’t been checking the stats page as frequently as I used to – so I was glad yesterday that I could see that visits are still increasing. I also realised for the first time that the blog’s had over a million hits!

I’m terrible at maths but I reckon the average post must be about 1,000 words (Monday posts are only a few hundred at most but I balance that out by going on for 2-3,000 words at other times…) so the blog is roughly 1.7 million words at this point.

With the average adult novel being between 70,000 and 120,000 words that means this blog is between 14 and 24 novels long. Perhaps I should have gone into book writing…

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16 Responses to Ten years of World of Blyton

  1. Sean J Hagins says:

    Congrats on 10 years! You really stuck with it!
    Say, do you know of a DVD release for the Malory Towers TV show? I’d love to buy it


  2. RereadingBlyton (Chris) says:

    Well done. Many congratulations on having the tenacity to keep it going, with all the work that takes. I for one appreciate it and read most of the posts. Chris


  3. Suzy Howlett says:

    Wow – that’s an achievement! Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. chrissie777 says:

    Congratulation, Fiona! I joined World of Blyton when Stef was still active and remember her beautiful photos that she sometimes posted.


  5. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! Amazing how, out of admiration for Enid Blyton and her work, you have (re)read books, collected books and attributes over and over again all these years. And in doing so have devised, written and published new articles on a regular basis. Thanks for the many interesting articles. My admiration for this. Applause!

    Kind regards

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  7. Avinash Machado says:

    Happy Blog Anniversary.


  8. congrats on 10 years this year. Hope it brings many more memories and words to you. I want to know if you felt any difference on changing the domain from wordpress to blogroll? and if it helped in things we or rather I might not know? Please write if you can?


    • Fiona says:

      I’m not sure I noticed any real difference. It came as part of the upgrade package I got as I needed more storage space. I think it looks better when sharing the link, but I don’t know if it has had any impact on traffic etc.

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