Ringing In The New

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Let me start by thanking Char of Joy in the Moments for nominating me as a Blog of the Year for 2012.

Since it’s now 2013, I’ll retire this one. I’d bet we’ll see the 2013 version by autumn. πŸ˜‰

As they have for so many others, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog. Of course, if you’ve read this post, you know these numbers are less than accurate. πŸ˜‰ But we can still have some fun with them.

There’s a link at the bottom for the full report, but you don’t need to bother with it. Here are my highlights.

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals.

If the Reader didn’t eat so many views, this number might be more like 20,000…. πŸ˜› Either way, thank you again to all who have visited!

One of the top five referrers to my blog was Carrie Rubin’s The Write Transition. Carrie was also the top commenter on my blog. Kourtney Heintz, 4amWriter, Robin Coyle, and philosphermouseofthehedge round out the Top 5 of my awesome commenters. I’m sure most of you already follow these great bloggers, but if you don’t, do check them out!

Even though I’m a writer and post mainly about my WIPs, my most viewed posts had nothing to do with them. Instead, posts about blogging, social media, scheduling this thing called life, and the Tall Ships in Baltimore scored the most readers. Neither poetically inclined archaeologist Meghan Bode nor the characters from the WIPs came anywhere near them.

There you have the highlights. We’ll get back to regular programming on Saturday. The WIPs are the subject of Saturday’s postβ€”even if it won’t generate mega views. The characters are far more important to me than blog stats. πŸ™‚

Did you check out your Annual Stats Report? Or did you skim the email and move on? If you haven’t blogged a full year, you may not get one.

Click here to see the complete report.

52 thoughts on “Ringing In The New

  1. Happy New Year, JM!
    I’m getting quite a huge kick thinking that I’m waking up before 6am on a day when historically I’d just be going to bed!!!!! So GRATEFUL I’ve straightened out my life and that it’s filled with healthy activities which in no small measure includes blogs like yours.
    In reply to your annual stats report question: I didn’t look at it because I saw a few people had posted that opening paragraph about “views” and immediately thought of your post about the reader!!!!! Seriously! !!!
    Anyway, have a fabulous holiday and I look forward to learning more about your characters and their stories in 2013!

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    • Happy New Year to you, too! I just couldn’t resist a little jab at the stats resultsβ€”I don’t think it’s enough to make WP disown me…. πŸ˜‰ But if my blog ever disappears, you know what happened!

      There is so much in life to be grateful for, and I’m trying to focus more on those positives this year. I can’t let the negatives and things I can’t control bring me down so much. Maybe the world will cooperate a bit more this year. That would be wonderful!

      Hmm, more on those characters and stories on Saturday…. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Fun to see our summaries for the year. You too were one of my top 5 commenters, so thank you! And thanks for the mention in today’s post. πŸ™‚

    I liked your comment about the 2013 Blog of the Year making its rounds soon. Like I’ve said before, the only two things to survive an apocalypse will be cockroaches and blog awards…

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    • LOLβ€”other commenters are enjoying that apocalyptic observation, too! I wonder if I could come up with a funny anthropological post about the cultural meaning of the awards…. Something along the classic anthropological study by Horace Miner, “Body Ritual among the Nacerima.” Take a good look at the title. πŸ˜‰ It may be from the 1960s, but it’s a hilarious piece of academic anthropological writing and available online. I couldn’t be that clever!

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      • The ‘Nacerima’ are an interesting group for sure. I particularly found the following line about the ‘cures’ that Medicine Men provide interesting: “decide what the ingredients should be and then write them down in an ancient and secret language”…

        Okay, I admit, I had to look the ‘study’ up, and although I assumed it was poking fun at Western society, I had to learn from Wikipedia that ‘Nacerima’ was ‘American’ spelled backwards. See? You’re teaching us new things today. πŸ™‚

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        • I used the article when I taught Intro to Anthropology as a graduate student. A lot of students did a double take when I would start the discussion with, “You did read the names backwards, right?” They hadn’t caught it and thought this was a serious article about some group of “foreign” people. So they also missed “Washington” and “hospital.”

          Isn’t it interesting how easy it is not to recognize our own culture when it’s presented in a slightly skewed way? πŸ™‚

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          • At least I’m happy to say I recognized it was mocking us–which is impressive considering I’m more of a concrete thinker, and abstract stuff like that taxes my brain–but I would never have seen the backwards-spelled words without looking it up. Thank goodness for Google.

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  3. Happy New Year, JM! And congrats on the award… I like Carrie’s comment about the apocalypse. ; ) But I do get new followers and new people finding my blog through the awards, so they can be very helpful.

    I read my summary. But like Karen, I remembered your post about the numbers, and I wondered how accurate the whole round-up was. Hmmmm. Nice and pretty and fun to look at, though. ; )

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    • Happy New Year to you, too, Anne! That was a great line from Carrie wasn’t it? And like you, I like the exposure that the awards bring, both to me and to others whose blogs I follow. They’re especially nice to give to newer bloggers to help grow their audiences.

      I may take some jabs at WP with the stats, but I’m overall very happy with it as a blogging platform. And I’m looking forward to another year of fun, learning, and adventure with you and my other blog buddies. πŸ™‚

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  4. Carrie is so right! (But never enough gold stars, we are only human and love pats on the head – so congrats!)
    The stat summary is interesting – I can’t decide what to do with mine – think you handled it well. (especially the “Reader” comment – and considering how difficult it has been to stay subscribed/following blogs when WP makes changes – so easy to lose sight of people and blogs)
    Actually Meghan may turn out to be a late bloomer ( although tall ships are hard to beat!). I love her episodes – and they just keep getting better.
    Looking forward to digging around with you and Meghan during the new year!

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    • Thanks, Mouse! πŸ™‚ I should probably check my following settings againβ€”there are some bloggers I haven’t heard from in a while. Maybe I was accidentally unsubscribed from some of them….

      A lot of bloggers have simply been posting the draft that WP prepared for the stats, but I wanted to do a little something more that was fun, too. So I included what I thought were the highlights so readers didn’t need to feel obligated to check out the full numbers.

      Speaking of Meghan, I think it’s time she came back from her break. Next Tuesday will be here before we know it! πŸ™‚

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  5. Happy New Year! 2013 – hope it brings sunshine for everyone. Looking forward to starting on a fresh page. Thanks for stopping by and making my day a little brighter with your comments.

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  6. I’m honored to be one of your top commenters, and it isn’t surprising because I love visiting your blog. πŸ™‚ I love Carrie’s comment, and I think she’s onto somethiing there. Isn’t it interesting to discover which posts are the most popular — they rarely seem to be any that we would pick for ourselves. At least, that’s how it seemed to be in my case.

    Now that I have a full year of blogging under my belt I feel better prepared to deal with the beast in 2013. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year, too. πŸ™‚

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    • I’ve never been able to figure out what makes one post very popular while another doesn’t draw much of a crowd, even when the content and tags are similar. The mysteries of blogging, I guess. πŸ˜‰

      I wish I could say the new year has brought dozens of post ideas, but that’s not the case so far. Maybe they’ll just fall into place as they’ve done this last year. πŸ˜‰ I don’t think I did too badly with that approach.

      I saw one of your comments yesterday about having strep throatβ€”that’s a terrible way to spend the holidays. 😦 I hope you’re feeling better!

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        • I can’t imagine life without modern health care, and I’m not sure I want to. All those deadly diseases and illnesses in the past are one reason I wouldn’t want to live there. πŸ˜‰ But illness can be a good reminder that we need to take better care of ourselves.

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  7. Great summation, JM. I especially enjoy your honesty about the worth of your own characters over some of your other post topics. πŸ™‚ Hope your new year is a great one!

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    • I hope you have a great year, too, Mayumi! If I tried to post what would bring in “big numbers,” I’d probably hate blogging. And it wouldn’t work because everyone would know my heart wasn’t in it. No one would be reading after a while! Better to be honestly me. πŸ™‚

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  8. Happy New Year, JM. I love your annual report. I got one even though I haven’t blogged the full year. It’s a lot of fun reading through everyones πŸ˜€

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  9. It was fun to see the annual report (and to see others). I love Carrie’s comment about what will survive the apocalypse: cockroaches and blog awards. It is interesting that your Meghan stories didn’t make it into the top viewed posts because I really liked those, but I do think posts on blogging are popular (so that one made sense)..

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    • Would the cockroaches eat the awards, or would they be suffocated under the weight of them? Alas, we may never know. πŸ˜‰

      I have noticed that when I tag a post with “blogging,” it brings in more viewers than normal. A lot of people must follow that tag in the reader. It may just take time for more people to find Meghan. I could cheat and tag her posts with “blogging,” but I don’t want to mislead anyone. But I just noticed today that the “writer” tag seems to be more popular than “writing.” So I will add that one and see what happens.

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  10. Happy New Year to you! Neil and I often refer to you when I look at my stats because I’ll comment about how something doesn’t make sense on them, and then one of us will mention your post!

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    • Happy New Year to you, too, Vanessa! I’ve never been any good at statistics, so I shouldn’t give the WP folks too much grief. πŸ˜‰ It’s probably not as straightforward to program the numbers as I might think. Still….! That’s what math types are good at, right? Hope you two have recuperated from all the singing at the party! πŸ™‚

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  11. Yeah, I was one of the ones who ignored my blog report. I looked at it after reading this. As I suspected, you were one of the top supporters of my blog. Thank you!

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    • Aw, you’re very welcome! Maybe I shouldn’t feel as bad about missing some posts as I do…. But that’s just my way, I guess. πŸ˜‰ Here’s to 2013 being a better year for everyone all around!

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    • Which have nothing to do with my writing…. Hmm. How can I make those writing posts more appealing…. I didn’t get a report last year, probably because I’d only been blogging for two months. You should get one this year. I wonder what comparisons they’ll use then?

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  13. Congrats on the 2012 Blog of The Year Award! Well deserved JM! I’m happy to be one of your top commenters. Your posts are always interesting, informative, and absorbing. πŸ™‚
    My blog got the most hits on a hand made jewelry post and ingrown toenail posts. Weirdness but it brings readers to the site. They might even come back again for my other stuff.

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    • Thanks, Kourtney. πŸ™‚ You’ve made my comments a fun, entertaining, and educational place to hang out! I always wonder what the searchers think when they click over to my blog. Did “winter dog clip art” stick around and read whatever post related to the search? Or did “when i’m older i want to be a forensics poem” read the entire first Meghan Bode story? It’s interesting to see how some of the posts keep finding new readers!

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  14. Congratulations on 17K or 20K or whatever K! You have something unique to offer (even beyond MB, which is pretty unique in the first place, I think), so it’s not surprising you’re seeing success.

    Is it embarrassing to receive so many hits from a hard-core smut site like Connie Rubin’s?

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  15. You were one of my top commenters, jm, and like others, I thought of you and your stats posts when reading my roundup. It was odd, and unsatisfying, I admit, that my most popular posts in 2012 were all from 2011. My interview with Yuvi Zalkow was #1, which makes sense because he had a book come out in August, but I feel like the other four slots should have gone to current year posts! I suppose–looking at the bright side–it’s nice to know people find and read old posts.

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    • It would be nice for some of my writing posts to make the top five. But the topics of the others seem to be popular with a wider audience, and nearly every day they get views as a result of searches. And there’s always the chance that they’ll browse around and read some of the other posts, too. I guess we can’t make readers do what we’d like, right?

      I think I’ll need to shorten the comments I leave on posts. I don’t want to not comment, but it’s becoming awfully clear that I spent a lot of time doing it last year! πŸ˜‰ If I’m going to get one of the WIPs either published or in the pipeline this year, I’ve got to spend more time with them and less with my great blog buddies. It’s tough!

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  16. I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success, especially with your publishing endeavors. Also, I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you, JMMcDowell. πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein

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