Monthly Archives: January, 2016

Power Plant Men 2015 in review

I have now completed my fourth year of Power Plant Men Stories.  During my first year (2012), I decided that this would be a four year journey where I would create one new story every week.  With 208 unique Power Plant Posts.

I have succeeded.  I have created one new Power Plant Man story each week, and each week I have re-posted the stories from the years before.  My last new post was created last Saturday and is about the day I left the plant to change careers and go into IT at Dell in 2001.

Most of the time I didn’t know what I was going to write when I sat down, I just had a span of years that I wrote about each year, and I tried to make the stories fit into that time frame.

For the most part, these were all true stories.  There are a lot of them that I didn’t include.  Not because I didn’t wish to share them, but because they didn’t come to mind when I sat at the computer to write my post each week.

At this point, I will not regularly write a weekly post, however, I may share some e-mails that I sent to the plant after I moved to Texas and began working for Dell.

The first four years I worked for Dell, I wrote a letter regularly to my friends at the Power Plant.  I have kept a copy of most of those, and some of them are worth sharing.

I found that my friend Dick Dale was right when he told me that it took one year for every five years of marriage to recover from a divorce.  I had worked at the plant for 20 years, and after 4 years at Dell, I was finally able to move on.

I have been encouraged by many who read this blog to put at least some of these stories into a book.  I am considering doing that as the posts on this blog will quickly be forgotten if they are not  constantly re-posted.

The Men and Women I worked with at the Power Plant are people of such great character that I hope their stories will live on.

I have been blessed with the constant positive comments left by readers and I will miss hearing from all of you.  Thank you for following my blog.

On average, each story was viewed over 600 times.

The most popular post of all time has been:  “Fast and Furious Flat Fixin’ Fools Fight the Impact of the Canine Parvovirus” with over 5,600 views.

The second most popular post was “Switching in the Power Plant Substation Switchyard”  with over 4,000 views.

The third, and one of my favorite posts is:  “Ken Contrad Dances with a Wild Bobcat” with over 3,500 views.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 56,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.