Anne was completing her fourth grader’s report cards last night. She has twenty students, so she had twenty report cards to do. With each report card’s completion she would tick off another 5%, until she made it to 100%. Her work and the end of this year inspired me contemplate a blog post that summarizes the year 2012. I started wading through the archives, but I soon realized that the scope of this endeavor was too daunting. Then providence intervened in the form of my blog’s annual report from WordPress. The WordPress report is a bit heavy on crunchy numbers, factoids and statistics. They are probably too boring to most of you, but allow me to leaven those figures with some insights.
The gallery of photographs that accompanies this post highlights the most popular of 2012. Some visitors came searching, for Erendira Wallenda, M is for the many things she gave me lyrics, PhotoFunia, swing low sweet chariot and angry birds gif. Some like PhotoFunia and M is for are perennial favorites. I am the number one search return on Google for the lyrics M is for the many things she gave me. My brother, Chris’s photo of Erendira Wallenda became the biggest hit of the year, after her husband, Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope across Niagara Falls.
Another interesting facet of the WordPress report is a world map of where my visitor’s came from. Naturally, most came from the US, followed Canada and the UK, but I also got visits from the likes of Afghanistan and Haiti. For some reason I didn’t get any visitors from China, but I did get some from Mongolia. Maybe I’m banned in China like I am in the in the MRH school district. Still, I’ve been visited by almost 150 countries.
This blog had about 50,000 views in 2012, up from 35,000 in 2011. There were 590 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,024 posts. There were 847 pictures uploaded. That’s about two pictures per day. The busiest day of the year was June 15th with 947 views. The most popular post that day was the one with the Wallenda photos. Ababsurdo is my number one referrer, still beating out both Facebook and Google.