So Mike, I've babysat your editorship of Flightglobal for a week, writes Airline Business editor Mark Pilling. Thanks for the experience. No, seriously, I enjoyed it.
I would have liked to drive the news side a little harder, but like most of us these days I don't get to down tools on my day job (s) and concentrate on just the one thing.
I got lucky because the news did flow, as I noted in earlier blogs. That will mean traffic during the week should easily have gone past 1.4 million visits and could have nudged 1.5 million. Now that's not far off the Flightglobal record.
I won't claim any credit for that. It's simply a function of how broad and deep Flightglobal is becoming in terms of content. It's frankly big.
I've learnt a lot: how your team works (hard) and how the IT development team works (still a bit of a mystery I've got to admit). I've also seen a few of the cracks we need to fill to improve the site - but I am sure you are well, well aware of them already.
One of the biggest things for me about Flightglobal is understanding where to focus our efforts. Mike has got a pretty good idea I know, but my week at Flightglobal has shown me how tough that is to get a handle on.
Mike I'm glad it's your job rather than mine to get to grips with.
But after a week keeping your chair warm you know more than ever that I'll be keeping the Flightglobal faith.
Good bye but not good night - Mark