Happy (belated) 5th Birthday to Me…

I was looking over at Tamanawis and noticed he was having a wee birthday. I then decided to have a look at my own stats and noticed that I have just past my own 5th birthday of blogging about fishing.

Way back in the beginning I remember emailing Marshall Cutchin at Midcurrent who was one of the major players in news sites about fishing (it still is) and Marshall asked how many visitors I recieved – around 10 a day I enthused – he never emailed me back – I just imagine him giving a wry smile at my enthusiasm.

So I suppose this is where all the other bloggers to do with fishing cock an ear as secretly we all love knowing how many visitors we all get – well I am not going to make it easy for you.Β  From the beginning of “Urban Fly Fishing on the Kelvin” to now – “The Urban Fly Fisher” has received around 800000 unique visitors – to be fair around 500000 is probably me !

I have met some great people in those 5 years and made some firm friends – I have been on the telly and been in newspaper articles which has really been a lot of fun! I have also been threatened with physical violence which has not been as nice……but that’s fishing for you ….hey no wait a mo….

So I suppose to everyone I have got to say thanks very much for reading and please do stick around – I intend to be going for at least another 5 years all going well – although something tells me that my fishing exploits may be curtailed come January due to an imminent new arrival….


  1. David · August 23, 2008

    Happy Birthday and keep it up as I learn a lot from your posts and all the links. Imminent new arrival in january ? Everyone said you should have taken your fishing rod on holiday, the devil makes work for idle hands.

  2. Alistair · August 23, 2008

    LOL – you worked out those dates pretty exact πŸ™‚

  3. Stuart B · August 23, 2008

    “come January due to an imminent new arrival”

    Must be a new reel on back order …That’ll be nice LOL

  4. Paul · August 23, 2008

    Congratulations Alistair!!
    You’ll still be able to get out fishing…in about 18 years time πŸ˜‰

  5. Kbarton10 · August 23, 2008

    Congrats, Alistair

    That’s quite an accomplishment, considering you’re still a productive member of society. You’ve got a compelling wry style that is a pleasure to read.

    I’m looking forward to the next five …

  6. Andy C · August 23, 2008

    good stuff m8 iv got 1 comeing in november. u will still get fishing and keep up the good work and now u will know when ur changeing nappys some of the smells that u get from the kelvin lol

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  8. Andy · August 23, 2008

    Alistair – congratulations! I am also expecting an imminent arrival in October. I reckon we could just take our arrivals with us, strapped to the front of our waders! πŸ™‚

  9. Alistair · August 23, 2008

    I keep thinking about those wee fingers – tying up size 24 klinkhammers πŸ™‚

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