This is more than a blog. 2013 in review – AND my 400th post!

I love the way WordPress provides a review of my bloggy year!  And with sweet timing, this is providing the material for this, my 400th blog post!

Happy blog-a-something, dear gecko!

There are some quirky little facts in the review – for example,

  • The searches which directed most traffic to the blog included – “Scotland” and “Halloween pictures to colour”.  I reckon there must have been some highly confused and disappointed visitors!
  • The post which attracted most viewers was a rant which I wrote in around fifteen minutes and which terrified me as it became viral, with more viewers than the blog had had in the whole of 2010!
  • When Marie of Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer called on bloggers earlier today to share their favourite post of the year, I chose between three.  Those three are in fact the three most viewed posts of the year.
  • The blog was read in 144 countries last year.  That makes me feel dizzy and incredibly humbled.  Although many probably stumbled there by mischievous search guidance from Google 🙂
  • I have enormous support from friends who comment regularly – THANK YOU to Catherine, Karen, Nancy, Beth and Nancy who were highlighted, as well as many friends who engage with my witterings, outpourings and rants.

On a serious note, I need to repeat that this blog is more than a blog to me.  This is the way I have navigated my way through life since hearing those unwelcome “this is highly suspicious of cancer” words.  This has been the way I process and work through what comes in my path.  This has been the way I have found out that I am truly not alone in this.  This year has been particularly hard with more than its fair share of loss.  The blog has been one way of processing grief.

I feel it is woefully inadequate, but I mean it –

Thank you!

In case you are interested in the randomness of the review in detail – here it is:

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 in review – the WordPress version :)

Thank you to the stats helper monkeys for preparing this 2012 annual report for my blog.

As I have been working on a review post, drawing out my favour and headline posts, the WordPress team have been working on this review.  I am intrigued to learn a few real nuggets of stasticky wizardry!  Here are some highlights:

  • The blog was visited in 142 countries! Really??
  • The busiest day was December 3 with 265 visits, most of them to the Letter to President Obama.
  • The most viewed post was written in November 2011.
  • Four of the five most viewed posts were NOT written in 2012!
  • The most popular search which directed readers to the blog was ……… wait for it “elephant”!!!!  How bizarre!
  • Most visitors came from the US, followed by the UK and India.

I love these facts – if you are drawn at all by this, then click on the link below to read the full report.

Thank you for keeping the Feisty Blue Gecko well so lively!

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 22,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.