Serendipity’s 2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 38,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals.

In 2012, there were 762 new posts, not bad for the first year! 2033 pictures were uploaded, probably 90% of which are original photographs by the author. The rest are illustrations from various sources.

The busiest day of the year was November 9th with 1,049 views. The most popular post that day was Presidential Election: “Sad and Tragic Day for Our Nation.” 

Click here to see the complete report.

I only started blogging in February of 2012 … and I didn’t really start posting regularly until May.

I do a lot of reblogging, either via direct reblog or using ScoopIt. That accounts for the high number of posts. I suspect about 70% of the 762 posts were mine. The others were reblogs or scoops. I have gotten good responses to posts I wrote requiring research and serious thought, but my most popular post was something I tossed off in less than five minutes while watching television. Go figure.

Popularity is fickle. It’s dangerously addictive and like most addictions isn’t entirely healthy. There’s a tendency to start to write for numbers … and that’s not what I want to do. So I have to be careful not to let success go to my head, to keep myself on my own course. It’s nice to be popular, but it’s even better when something I write makes someone think in a new way, changes someone’s mind, or give a reader pause to think.

It’s been a roller coaster year with a lot of craziness, tragedy, violence, controversy and acrimony. I’ve won awards, gotten hate mail, fan mail, and a lot more attention that I probably deserve. It’s been exciting, but stressful too. I think I could go for a much more peaceful year to come.

Have a great New Year everyone!!

17 thoughts on “Serendipity’s 2012 in Review

  1. WOW! Awesome stats but then I am not at all surprised! Did you see catnip second to Garry in comments? Whoo-hoo! Told you I loved your blog. Remember me telling you there was yet another award to come, my dear friend? It is the Most Influential Blogs of 2012…YOU, my pretty (remember from Wizard of OZ?) are IT – the top banana, the icing on the cake, the angel on top of the Christmas tree! You can grab the badge any time you like. I will get the next posting up about the award shortly after New Year’s Day. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Garry! Hugs:>)

    • Hi, “Cat”! I think Marilyn loves the acknowledgement she gets from the awards. She used to tease me about my Emmys and other goodies I received during my TV career. She still does. I think I’ll start calling her “The Blogger Legend” to offset the teasing I get from our family. Happy New Year!!! Garry.

      • Happy New Year to you, too, Garry! I am just so happy to call her friend:>) Too bad we don’t live closer…of course, if we did, we would probably get into trouble (good trouble, nothing violent)! *grin*

      • Yeah, but you have big brass statuettes and plaques on the wall and stuff! You ARE the stuff of legend. I but stand in your shadow.

        • How did you know about the brass statuettes and plaques on the wall? You been peepin’ at my stuff? HAHAHAHAHAHA Just kidding:>) I did get one trophy one time and of course, some plaques when I was in education and also doing community work (No, no! Not the roadside chain gang mind ya’!) The blog awards are different. You get to PAY THEM FORWARD! That is so-o-o-o-o cool! My little trophy collected dust for many, many years until the base fell off and it came crashing to the floor! C’est la vie!

    • Wow. That’s a biggie!!! Wow again. You are too much, my friend. In the best possible way. Lord how I wish we didn’t live so far apart!

  2. garryarmstrong says:

    I love your line about the fickleness of popularity. Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with that “Didn’t you used to be….” query I encounter frequently. Just keep blogging and re-posting and you’ll always be ready for your closeup.

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