Janus, as our more knowledgeable readers will know, is not the surname of a man named Hugh with an oversized rectum. In fact, he’s the two-faced Roman god of portals or doors with one face looking forward and the other looking back, from which derives the name of the first month of the year. January.
As is traditional, it’s the time of year to look back at our escapades over the past year, the highs, the lows, the tears, the laughter before shrugging off the tawdry rags of 2009 and slipping into a sharper, better fitting suit for 2010. Or, in AndyC’s case, a mossy look derived from the colours of the forest floor more closely resembling the Green Man of ancient folklore. A man’s gotta match his bike…
I’ll cover 2009 and 2010 in separate posts over the next couple of days. For now, what I really wanted to do is say ‘Happy New Year’ to all our riders and readers. Thanks to you, the Moles have had a great year quite at odds with the winds of recession that have blown round us all in 2009.
We’ve had writing contributions from DaveC, Jem, Jez, AndyC, Barrie, Colin, Tony, Lee, MarkJ, Cathie and AndyW who have all added their unique voices to this site. Monthly visitor traffic is very healthy and has grown over three times from 2008, largely as a result.
It’s not only our writers that have helped though but also the increasing number of people who have all taken the trouble to add their thoughts and perspective to what we’ve come up with. Again, huge thanks to our readers and commenters.
As always, we have plans for further improvements over the coming year which I’ll save for now. For a website which started with a trio of riders on a whim the thing seems to have taken on a life of its’ own and we fully plan to keep the momentum going.
All that said, we are at heart a bunch that just love to get out in the Surrey Hills. And, it seems, so do you. I reckon we’ve probably had around 50 different riders join us at various times over the course of 2009 and we hope we’ve been able to show you some decent riding. Looking around a ride group these days and seeing a bunch of folks who have largely met via the internet sounds like cause for concern but we’ve ended up meeting people from different professions and backgrounds as a result. Thanks to you all.
2009 has been a blast. Roll on 2010.