On 24th February 2006, I started blogging about my job as an emergency medical technician in the NHS Ambulance Service. I tried to make the posts informative, with an amusing edge where possible, and told the story of what it is like out there on a frontline ambulance.
Around two and a half years later, following some sporadic posting, I qualified as a paramedic and with that came formal registration. Combined with the increasing guidelines and concerns surrounding the use of social media at work, I felt that the blog was an unnecessary risk that I could live without and around mid-2010 I ceased updating it. It was finally 'removed' mid-2011 (it was never actually removed, the DNS records were intentionally broken).
It wasn't a decision I took lightly, and still to this day I go to incidents that I think would make a good blog entry. But without the formal backing of my employer - which might not be all that difficult to get as we now have official Twitter users from the Ambulance Service - I am not going to restart this anytime soon.
The blog itself has been backed up and removed. It has suffered comment spamming, with some entries having several thousand comments; a MySQL injection appears to have taken place as there are spam links in most of the posts and because the blog was running on Wordpress 2.0 (it's currently 3.6 at time of writing), the blog doesn't run properly due to several deprecated PHP functions. I can't even log in to the administration panel any more.
In its later days in 2011, the blog was getting around 5,000 hits a month. The vast majority of those were spam visitors, with probably about 50 genuine visitors a month. At its prime around 2009, there were probably between 400-500 genuine visitors a month.
Before I removed the blog, copied and pasted the articles into a Word document just to hold on to them. In Times New Roman size 12, the articles only (no comments) take up 71 pages, and is over 35,000 words. Somewhere between a masters and a doctorate thesis...
So this is the end. It just remains for me to say thank you for coming by and maybe we'll connect in some other way in the future.