We’re six hours away now from the end of 2021, another weird year dominated by Covid which, I think it’s fair to say, most of us will be glad to see the back of. That’s before factoring in any thoughts about the All-Ireland final, the stinging pain from which stubbornly refuses to dull with the passage of time. Yes, 2021 can go and do one.
Before it does, I’d like to thank everyone who visited here in such huge numbers throughout the year. I’ll be doing the usual traffic stats update for the year before too long but the short version of this is that the traffic to the site in 2021 was the highest ever, topping 3.8m page views. That’s a truly humbling number from my point of view.
Thanks too to all of you who listened to the Mayo News football podcast during the year. Despite the Covid interruptions we released 46 episodes this year – the final one of which went online a few hours ago – and it was great to see the significant listenership the podcast attracted over the past twelve months.
We’ve plenty of plans in the works for 2022, both for the blog and the podcast. We’ll be unveiling details of these over the coming months as they develop. further.
I can’t end the year without referencing again the major development that took place on the blog this year, in the form of the fully searchable results archive, which now contains Mayo GAA results going back 120 years, with team details stretching back over a century. The searchable archive was the work of blog contributor Ultair whose commitment and dedication made it happen and it’s a resource we should all be proud of.
So, that’s it for 2021. But, as is always the case, in the ending there’s a beginning and, with it, a whole new year of football action to look forward to, starting with the FBD match against Galway next Friday evening.
Be off with you, 2021. There’s fresh fish for us to fry in ’22. Best wishes all for the New Year.