A few minutes ago the hit count (i.e. page views) so far in 2016 went above the million mark. Last year – when a total of 2.1 million page views were recorded – this level wasn’t reached until near the end of July. It’s perhaps safe to assume, then, that the high watermark for 2015 will also be breached before the year is out.
As I invariably note when doing these kind of posts, the figures illustrated in the graph above are but a numerical expression of the explosion of interest in all things Mayo GAA in recent years. Looking back at the data you can see there was a clear inflection point from 2011 onwards, at a stage when the county’s footballing fortunes started to improve rapidly under James Horan’s stewardship. Putting it statistically it’s been a case of cumulative gangbusters on the numbers front ever since then.
One day the figures will, I know, plateau and they might even decline, perhaps significantly. But the same is likely to happen on the field at some future point and so the numbers and our on-field performances are probably going to remain strongly correlated, whatever direction the curve is heading in. For now, though, the trend – both in the figures and what’s happening out on the pitch – remains pointed firmly upwards and so I guess it’s best to continue enjoying this long and eventful ride.
Who knows? Maybe the best part of the journey has yet to come. It’ll be some fun here – and on the hit counter – if that proves to be the case.