Amazingly it has been 14 years or so that Thomo’s Hole has been in WordPress in one form or another. Regularly I see the statistics for the day, and there are one or two posts that turn up regularly.
The top post is one from 7 May 2007, concerning Korean Soldiers in WW2 German Army which has had 26,914 views. When I posted it initially, it was from a article I picked up off a blog from Korea.
However, some time after posting this, a Korean Romance movie was produced about a Korean soldier who ended up being separated from his lover in much the same way. Someone was searching “Korean soldiers in German army” and this blog post popped up. They posted a Reddit and suddenly I had 14,000-odd hits in a day, which really screwed my stats for that month 🙂
For the record, Yang Kyoungjong (양경종) is supposed to be the name of the real Korean soldier who apparently fought in the Imperial Japanese Army, the Soviet Red Army, and later the German Wehrmacht during World War II.
Number two on the list was published on 31 July, 2003 and so far has had 14,394 views. Each day this post gets 30 or 40 views. It is Fire and Fury: Idiots Guide to Painting American Civil War Figures. I must admit to being somewhat amazed that a very simple guide for painting American Civil War figures gets so many views.
The third on the list, with 8.966 views, is an old poem I remember from my Infant School days, so the first time I heard it would have been in the 1960s. I posted this on 21 April 2003 and it is the tale of a small child who increasingly behaves more an more like a motor car, The Sad Tale of a Motor Fan by H. A. Field. It seems that many folks from my generation remember that poem from H. A. Field, along with others he wrote.
“Young Ethelred was only three
Or somewhere thereabouts when he
Began to show in diverse ways
The early stages of the craze
For learning the particulars
Of motor bikes and motor cars.”
Number four on the list with 8.966 views was posted 20 February 2008, in fact, it was me re-posting some information provided by my mate Mal Wright concerning Colour Schemes of WW1 Warships. A very informative article and one I refer to from time to time when painting World War One warships.
Number five on the list was posted on 3 December 2005 when I was working in Mongolia. It was winter at the time and bloody cold. Still it has had 3,976 views and deals with When Your Snot Freezes.
Honourable mentions go to Lightning War – Easy Play Rules for WWII Land Warfare with 3,140 views. There is also a copy of some downloadable rules there.
Funnily, one with 2,500 views is actually a simple recipe I published on 4 October 2003 — Sausages in Tomato Sauce.
On 16 January 2012 I previewed some of the drawings of some World War 2 ships in camouflage, drawn by Mal Wright and included his books on the Paint Schemes of British and Commonwealth Warships of World War 2. There have been 2,293 views of World War 2 Naval Camouflage,
Last on the list of the honourable mentions with 1,958 views is the book review of Mal’s Paint Schemes of British and Commonwealth Warships of WW2 – Review.
Interestingly, yesterday, Fire and Fury: Idiots Guide to Painting American Civil War Figures and Colour Schemes of WW1 Warships had the top views.