As some of you LOVELY PEOPLE will be aware, this blog smashed through the million views landmark at the end of last week – a testament to the enduring love Lieutenant Columbo still garners from all over the world.
This brief message is merely a huge thanks to you all for your kind words, support and encouragement over the past 3-and-a-bit-years since this labour of love was launched. It’s extremely heartening to know my efforts are enjoyed by so many who share my appreciation of the greatest TV show of all time!
The build-up to the million was an exciting time, with the site being absolutely bombarded with visitors! Indeed there were over 1000 views in the final 20 minutes or so before the milestone was reached with regular visitors (I believe) eagerly refreshing the pages to try to secure the actual millionth view, and with it the vintage Dagger of the Mind Italian photo movie poster I was offering as a prize.
While this dedication to the cause is admirable, it actually caused the site views counter to fail for the first time! As a result, many viewers saw the page counter jump up by hundreds of views, not just one at a time, in the final, crucial minutes, meaning the millionth view screen cap seems to have been unattainable.
However, all is not lost. As I referenced at the time of offering the prize, I was happy to offer it to the person who got closest to the millionth view and could provide photographic evidence. But because of the technical hitches, I ended up having 7 people sending in images with the view counter tantalisingly poised at 999,954. Close, as they say, but no cigar…
The magnificent seven were Janet, Ted, Heath, Susan, Kevin, Keith and someone known only as Oceanridge! As I had only one poster available, I had to stage a random prize draw and the winner was BIG HEATH. The poster will be winging its way to him in sunny Illinois any day now!
“The build-up to the million was an exciting time, with the site being absolutely bombarded with visitors!”
So after all that commotion, it’s now back to business as usual, and hopefully pumping out quality content on a regular basis to keep the Columbo community engaged and entertained. If you have any suggestions for articles you’d like to read, please shoot me an email or leave your ideas in the comments section below.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to celebrate the millionth view success with an old friend – a jovial Irish chap by the name of Joe Devlin. I think you’d like him. We’ll be cracking open the Fuller’s Irish Dew and having a live ‘Limerick off’ to the delight of onlookers. If you happen to be in the vicinity, feel free to drop by. I have a feeling it could be a late one…