I was about to drop the pub wiki site, as I know I have far too many web sites; but at the last minute I decided to renew the domain name. It is actually a good domain name.
I have so many sites, I lose track which does what, and this one is good, I need a big list above my head, in capital letters reminding me what I do. I do pub history, and London history, these are my main criteria; and most of my sites are great, even though I often look at them and think they are far too personalized as to specific people at a building at a specific period in time, usually long before 1940, and sometimes before 1840. Who cares about these old sites?
I am also building a history of the original London wall around the city of London, which could have been built as early as AD 200, although I still think AD 390 is more appropriate. And other stuff, too, all about London.
Most people interested in pubs are the youth, who are only interested in whether a pub is open, and where it is, and what is going on. Is it a decent pub, or serve good food, or worth queuing to get into etc.
If a pub is closed, there are all of the closed pub sites and the random bloggers, and lots of people who can tell you a lot more than I can ever tell you about a pub and its recent history. I concentrate on the pubs that also closed a hundred years ago, and were only open for, say, ten years.
There are also a whole host of sites which have been built about a specific area, and link in some instances to other history sites, and also some of these have long stolen my detail added, why they did this, I will never fathom, they leave themselves open to being known a boring site. I update areas randomly.
Then there are the CAMRA sites, of which many are not bad, e.g. whatspub.com is not bad.
Then there is the pub history society, and I have had a few words with them in the past about removing a link to my site whilst linking to a thief site (scumbag) – enough said.
The point is, my pub history site/s are OK, and my London site is amazing, and I am always working on making anything to do with London better. And I get my free London pass in a couple of months, and will be there every day!
And I also gave up smoking after 45 years, at 30-50 a day. This should extend my days of writing complaints about those who steal my efforts; and never one to keep quiet, as several past employers will endorse, when I told them where to shove it, or words to that effect.