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 WordPress.com 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.

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23 responses

  1. Happy New year 2016 🙂

  2. A book would be a great idea.

  3. Happy new year. I’m going to miss your posts, I tried to read most of them, but I know I missed a few.
    I hope you’ll consider adding new posts sometime, a blog with such great stats shouldn’t just be given up on overnight.
    Thanks for all the chuckles over the past year.

  4. Congratulations. Happy new year to you and yours 😆

  5. Wish you’d change your mind about the 4 year time limit. Though your stories are clearly worthy of a book, be careful should you choose to self-publish. There are many companies out there who require a substantial monetary “investment” on the writer’s part, but do little or nothing to market a book. You will find many ways to publish online that are cost-free. Best wishes and Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Anna for the tip. Right now I’m just focusing on writing a book. Even though it is about the same topics it is turning out to be a lot different than the posts I have written. It’s more of a cohesive story about how I matured as I worked alongside Power Plant Men. If the first book turns out all right then this could become a series of books.

  6. Your stories are an inspiration to aspiring writers Kevin if you want l gave added all your stores in a magazine l will add link later if you do not already have it – regards Ian

      1. Brilliant mate if you want to see your magazine in review its here aceworldnews.wordpress.com as a tribute Ian

  7. Wonderful way to tie up the year and get to know you more.

  8. Please continue your blog, coming here and reading such stories was always such a joy and I will be sad If you discontinued it 😦 Either way, you can always leave comments on my blog, which is cinematiccoffee of course 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂 and I hope you have success with putting all of these stories into a book 🙂

  9. I know for sure I would buy the book!

  10. Hello 🙂 First time commenting here, and I am still catching up on reading your posts – but I wanted to let you know that I find your stories enjoyable and comforting to read. ‘Comforting’ seems an odd word, but it takes me back to one of my favourite classes in school on creative non-fiction writers. Your writing style is very reminiscent of some of those authors. So I really do hope you publish your stories in a book, because it would make an excellent addition to anyone’s library or syllabus or reading list!

    Best of luck in all future endeavors!

  11. I have been reading some past blog entires beginning with 2012 because I was only new to this site late last year, but I really love reading them all 🙂 I need to start leaving a reply under them, but for now, I am just too enthralled with the stories 🙂 I really hope you do find a publisher for all these stories because they are all wonderful 🙂 Keep up the great work as always 🙂

    1. Thanks John. If you start with the beginning of 2015 you can read all of the stories. I reposted them all throughout the year. Kev

  12. I pray that you are so blessed with your book. You are an excellent writer because your stories come to life. Thank you for being the first visit on my blog when I started, it was such an encouragement at a time I really needed it. I wish you all the best, but for some reason I already know that the “best” smiles down on you!

  13. I hope you will continue to write blog posts. Thank you for the work you have done so far. You are a model for how to blog !

  14. Congratulations on completion of this project. I’ll miss the posts (didn’t read this one until today, after I realized no new ones had shown up for a while), and I hope you decide to keep blogging about other matters. You have a gift for story telling.

    If you decide to do a book, please feel free to contact me for information or advice on book publishing. I’ve been doing it professionally for 30 years and would be glad to help. Address is chaz(at)seesharppress(dot)com

    Thanks for all of the entertainment.

  15. I am still working on reading more of your blog, but I just wanted to wish you a Happy Easter even though Easter was yesterday 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

  16. I’d love a copy of your book! Please contact me when it comes available!

    1. I will. Thanks Monty. It looks like it is going to be multiple volumes. I’m slowly writing the first book. I have completed 12 chapters so far.

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