A lull has decended upon proceedings. A hiatus in the deluge of replies that I've been getting from the receipients of my letters.
The average number of people looking at this website has risen to 1,146 per day according to some boffin at Typepad, so what can I say, thanks for the support and your continued interest, I now feel obliged to update the site at least every other day.
So thanks for the guilt trip too.
As nothing has happened for a couple of days, no meetings had nor positive or negative replies received, I have decided today to chew over a couple of stats, something I first did on Day 64 of the challenge.
So let's see where we're up to:
Time Elapsed - 3 months 16 days - 58% of my time, (not including my 2 weeks of inactivity on the project following the actions of the Sept 7th murderers) Day 64 - 25% of time elapsed
Not altogether surprising that this statistic has increased because fortunately the earth has continued to revolve and night has continued to pass into day in the intervening period.
Letters sent: 297 out of 500 - 59.4% 118 out of 500 23.6%
Again, no great surprise that this has gone up as It proves that I haven't been sitting around twiddling my thumbs.
Replies 52 out of 297 - 17.5% 17 out of 118 - 14.4%
Non replies 245 out of 297 - 83.5% 101 out or 118 - 85.6%
A marginal improvement here, although I would have hoped that the snowball effect and the possibility of publicity might have seen a greater improvement, yet despite my best endeavours, exposure of Greeting the 500 has been minimal and so the snowball is melting.
Surname initial most likely to reply - B (Cherie Blair, Tony Blair, David Baddiel, Iain Banks, Clare Balding, Geoff Boycott) and M (John Motson, John Major, Patrick Moore, Bernard Matthews, Davina McCall, Chris Morris).
I can't really read anything in to this, apart from to say that Q and X were not likely to feature particularly prominently here.
Breakdown of letters sent by gender: Male 223/297 - 75.1% Female 74/297 - 24.9% Male 95/118 - 80.5% Female 23/118 - 19.5%
More men than women on the list, I suppose.
Breakdown of replies by gender: Male 44/223 - 15% Female 8/74 - 10.8% Male 17/95 - 17.9% Female 0/23 - 0%
A larger anount of females are replying to me, ie more than the previous 'none', but fewer men are doing likewise, so swings and roundabouts.
Meetings had or arranged: 23 out of 297 - 7.7% 7 out of 118 - 6%
The all important statistic. A slight improvement, but way short of the 20% that forms the basis of my bet with Michael. So basically "EXPLETIVE!". I'm going to lose and eat humble pie and be forced to clean the shabby flat of my smug Cypriot friend for much of next year. AT this rate, my final tally will be about 40 meetings, no way near the 100 I need.
Divine intervention needed....