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Some 2019 Stats

The Blog

I’ve written 18 blog posts in 2019, which is below the target I set at the start
of the year (two blog posts a month, for a total of 24), but it’s progress.

Posts per month

In comparison, I wrote only 1 post in 2018. 🙈

Posts per year, 2009 - 2019

Transport

I’ve taken 265 bus rides in 2019, down from 556 in 2018. There is a dramatic
reduction in bus rides after the Easter Attacks in April.

Bus journeys by month

After April, I switched to tuks as my primary mode of commuting to work in the
morning, only taking the bus in the evening during my commute home.

Bus journeys by time of day

Month Morning Afternoon Evening
January 27 0 20
February 36 0 17
March 28 2 15
April 6 1 9
May 0 2 0
June 0 0 12
July 2 0 16
August 0 0 11
September 9 0 13
October 1 2 14
November 3 0 7
December 1 1 10
Total 113 8 144

Tuks have picked up the slack, with 245 PickMe rides1, 29 rides on YOGO and
normal metered tuks, and 5 rides on shared Ubers2 throughout the year.

Taxi journeys by time of day

Month Morning Afternoon Evening
January 7 3 8
February 4 0 3
March 7 4 9
April 8 1 1
May 8 3 9
June 18 2 9
July 23 5 8
August 21 1 5
September 12 1 4
October 20 5 6
November 17 3 9
December 18 5 12
Total 163 33 83

While initially driven by post-Easter attack paranoia, environmental factors have
also been a concern especially with the increase in average temperatures. Although
still a firm believer in public transport, I no longer wanted to turn up at work a
sweaty mess. Let’s hope A/C buses start rolling out on the 138 route soon3. 🙏🏽

Other Expenses

I’ve bought food 247 times in 2020, up from 200 times in 2018. The average order
value has gone up slightly, from 572 LKR to 600 LKR. I’ve bought clothing 4 times,
up from just 2 times in 2018.

I’ve made 16 purchases on AliExpress this year, up from 5 purchases last year. The
average order value has stayed roughly the same.

Social Media

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from Twitter and Instagram, with only 6
images posted on my IG this year (and none since June). But I did start
an Instagram purely for my illustrations and I’ve managed to post about 29
posts in the space of a month.

Chithrapotha

Drawing more and putting it out there is a goal that I want to work towards in
2020. I’ve also uploaded 18 song snippets to my SoundCloud, and plan to upload
longer and more developed pieces in 2020 (fingers crossed!)

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And so, those are some of my stats for the year. How has 2019 been for you
and how do you plan to spend your 2020?


  1. Up from 153 in 2018. 

  2. I still don’t have an Uber account, and don’t plan on getting one. 

  3. And eventually we can all take the Kelani Valley railway, which is
    currently incredibly under-utilised

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