2017: My year in numbers

Here’s some statistics about my life during 2017. I’ve put the statistics in descending order, so the largest one is at the top and the smallest one is at the bottom.

Kilograms lifted at the gym

Description: The total amount of weight I’ve lifted at the gym this year.
How I tracked it: Whenever I complete a set at the gym, I log the data into an Excel spreadsheet on my phone.
This year’s value: 397,090 kilograms
Last year’s value: 310,691 kilograms
Comments: I’m a little disappointed because this year’s total is only slightly higher than last year’s value. I haven’t made as much progress as the gym as I thought I would.

Views at PaulJonesBlog.com

Description: The number of views PaulJonesBlog.com has received this year.
How I tracked it: WordPress tracks it automatically.
This year’s value: 174,232 views
Last year’s value: 76,835 views
Comments: 2017 was a strong year for this blog, since the viewcount has doubled since last year. But only four posts made up over half of the views this year. These four posts were: “100 MCQs for OSMT Medical Lab Technician exams” (23% of the total views to this blog this year), “A problem with the cooling system has been SOLVED” (19%), “Where to buy natural desiccated thyroid in the UK” (9%), and “Guide: How to download Newgrounds videos and games” (7%).

Money earned

Description: The amount of money I’ve earned this year from work.
How I tracked it: Every time I earned money, I entered the details into an Excel spreadsheet
This year’s value: £13,652
Last year’s value: £11,510
Comments: I’m self-employed and the money I earned this year was shit. The average salary in the UK is £27,600 according to some site I just found, yet I only earned half of that. Fuck sake. Okay, so I earned more than last year, but that’s not saying much. It’s like comparing two tramps to see which one is richer.

Money spent

Description: The amount of money I’ve spent this year, converted into GBP.
How I tracked it: Every time I bought something, I entered the details into an Excel spreadsheet on my computer. Later this year I made a secret website so I can easily enter details using my phone.
This year’s value: £12,953
Last year’s value: £10,255
Comments: I spent 26% more this year than last year. My most expensive purchases were a laptop for my girlfriend’s birthday, rent, and private blood tests. My spending this year breaks down as: 33% on rent, 20% on food (groceries, restaurants and takeaways), 11% on items, 7% on transport, 5% on bills, and the rest on stuff like gym memberships, clothes, blood tests, etc.

Words I wrote in my diary

Description: Total number of words I wrote in my diary files on my computer and phone.
How I tracked it: I simply did a word count on my diary file this year.
This year’s value: 12,755
Last year’s value: 13,010
Comments: none

Kilometres flown

Description:
How I tracked it:
This year’s value: 11,842
Last year’s value: 43,286
Comments: The reason for the huge difference between this year’s value and last year’s value is that I travelled to Japan and India last year. The flights to and from Japan and India alone were 34,427 kilometers. This year I stayed in Europe.

Photos and videos taken with my phone

Description: The number of photos and videos I took with my iPhone.
How I tracked it: I compared the filename of the first photo I took in 2017 with the filename of the last photo I took.
This year’s value: 4,626
Last year’s value: I can’t be bothered to check
Comments: none

Hours spent on my laptop

Description: The total number of hours I’ve spent on my laptop.
How I tracked it: With a free program called Rescuetime.
This year’s value: 2,310
Last year’s value: I didn’t keep track.
Comment: 2,310 hours over one year works out as 6.3 hours per day on average. Sounds about right, since I feel like I spend hours on my computer every day.

Hours worked

Description: The total number of hours I’ve worked this year.
How I tracked it: Every time I receive a project from a client, I use a stopwatch program to keep track of how much time I spend working on that project. Then once I’ve finished the project, I log the time into Excel.
This year’s value: 788
Last year’s value: 937
Comments: I logged just 788 work-hours this year. In comparison, a full-time worker works around 1,840 hours per year (40 hours per week x 52 months per year – 6 weeks vacation).

Hours spent coding

Description:
How I tracked it: With a stopwatch program and an Excel spreadsheet.
This year’s value: 300
Last year’s value: a lot less than 300
Comments: This year I decided to become a programmer, mainly because programmers earn insane salaries. My only problem is that I first have to learn to how to program. So for the rest of the year, I tried to teach myself how to code by forcing myself to code for an hour a day. I came close to reaching this goal, but I got sidetracked at the end of the year because my girlfriend gave birth to our son.

Times I went to the gym

Description: The number of times I went to the gym.
How I tracked it: With an Excel spreadsheet on my phone.
This year’s value: 76
Last year’s value: 54

Facebook posts posted

Description: The number of links/witicisms/single photos I’ve posted to Facebook this year.
How I tracked it: At the end of year, I counted the number of Facebook posts I’d posted.
This year’s value: 70
Last year’s value: I don’t care.

Blog posts written

Description: The number of blog posts I’ve posted to pauljonesblog.com this year.
How I tracked it: WordPress keeps track of it automatically.
This year’s value: 65
Last year’s value: 57

Essays written for money

Description: The number of essays I’ve written for money this year.
How I tracked it:
This year’s value: 60
Last year’s value: 130
Comments: Writing essays has been my main source of income for the last four years. This year however, my essay writing business took a nosedive due to a classified adverts website called Gumtree. Normally I find clients by advertising through Gumtree. However, this year Gumtree started banning my adverts because it’s against their terms of use to advertise essay writing services. This meant I couldn’t find new clients this year.

Films watched

Description: The number of films I’ve watched this year.
How I tracked it: Every time I watched a film, I made a note in a Excel spreadsheet on my computer.
This year’s value: 47
Last year’s value: I didn’t keep track
Comments: In alphabetical order, the 47 films I watched this year were: 28 Weeks Later, A Monster Comes, Arrival, Beauty and the Beast (2017), Captain Fantastic, Christmas Party, Compliance, Despicable me 3, Dunkirk, Edge of Tomorrow, El Bar, Florence Foster Jenkins, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, It (2017), It Comes at Night, John Wick, Justice League, Kiki El Amor Se Hace, La La Land, Lion, Logan, Logan Lucky, Manchester By the Sea, Moana, Money Monster, Now You See Me 2, Oculus, Rogue One, Room, Rough Night, Sing, Spiderman: Homecoming, Split, Table 19, The Circle, The Founder, The Fundamentals of Caring, The Infiltrator, The Lego Batman Movie, The Mummy, The Notebook, The Young Offenders, Thor: The Dark World, Tierra Firma, Wonder Woman, X-Men Apocalypse, Zootopia.

Orders made on Amazon

Description: The number of items I’ve bought on Amazon this year.
How I tracked it: At the end of year, I went to Amazon and counted all the things I’ve bought this year.
This year’s value: 46
Last year’s value: I can’t be bothered to find out.

Tweets tweeted

Description: The number of tweets I’ve posted to Twitter this year.
How I tracked it: At the end of the year, I went to Twitter and counted the number of tweets I’d tweeted that year.
This year’s value: 22
Last year’s value: I can’t be bothered to find out.

Books read

Description: The number of books I finishedl this year.
How I tracked it: Every time I finished a book, I made a note in an Excel spreadsheet.
This year’s value: 14
Last year’s value: I didn’t keep track.
Comments: The 14 books I’ve read this year are Babytalk; Canço de Gel i Foc 1; Canço de Gel i Foc 2; Conception, Pregnancy and Birth; Eats, Poops & Heaves; Happy Mum, Happy Baby; Madame Doubtfire (Penguin simplified version); Mark Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories; Pounded By The Pound: Turned Gay By The Socioeconomic Implications Of Britain Leaving The European Union; Pride and Prejudice (Heinemann abridged edition); The Client (Penguin abridged edition); The Old Man and The Sea; The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Burlington books simplified version); White Apples. I had planned to read more books than this but I failed.

YouTube videos uploaded

Description: The number of videos I uploaded to my YouTube account.
How I tracked it: At the end of the year, I went to YouTube and counted the number of videos I uploaded.
This year’s value: 16
Last year’s value: 37

Video games played

Description: The number of video/computer games I played this year. To make the list, I either finished had to finish the game or play it for a few hours.
How I tracked it:
This year’s value: 11
Last year’s value: I didn’t keep track.
Comments: The 11 games I played this year were: Doorways: Old Prototype; Gone Home; Happy Room; Lego Worlds; Moirai; Oxenfree; Port of Call; Prison Architect; Rust; Subnautica; The Room Three. The best one was Moirai. It was also the shortest – it only takes ten minutes to complete.

Flights taken

Description: The number of planes I travelled on this year.
How I tracked it: I keep a list of all the flights I take.
This year’s value: 10
Last year’s value: 19

Countries visited

Description: The number of countries I set foot in (airports don’t count).
How I tracked it: Memory.
This year’s value: 3
Last year’s value: 5
Comments: The three countries this year were Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Times I fell ill

Description: Number of times I fell ill this year.
How I tracked it: Memory.
This year’s value: 3
Last year’s value: I didn’t keep track.
Comments: Two colds and one flu.

Hotels stayed in

Description: The number of hotels I stayed in this year.
How I tracked it: Excel spreadsheet.
This year’s value: 2
Last year’s value: 7
Comments: I travelled less this year compared to last year.

Escape rooms escaped from

Description: The number of escape rooms I sucessfully escaped from.
How I tracked it: Memory.
This year’s value: 2
Last year’s value: 6

And…

1 child engendered

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