2012 in review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.
So here’s my end of year report. I had hoped to have at least 366 posts by today, and I fell short by over a hundred. I also apparently failed to tag eight of them with the postaday2012 tag.
I think I’m going to be retiring that, because it frankly annoys me to see it at the top of my tag cloud all the time, and it isn’t really a useful tag.
I also learned some hard lessons about search engine optimization, which deserves its own post, later. But looking at my search terms, it’s clear that my monthly reports on which phrases people googled to get here skewed which phrases were likely to lead to this blog. I suppose I should make an effort to learn how to avoid this, my preliminary attempts to exclude a category from search engines got me no farther than “it can be done”, which gets really frustrating after a few hours of trying to learn how to do it.
I lost all my momentum for the post a day in November, mostly because I’ve been trying to move. Which wound up being a lot more complicated than it needed to be, but not shockingly so. I’m still working on that now, which makes posting even harder than usual. I will make an effort to post at least something every day, though, despite the difficulty.
Another large part of my trouble posting was NaNoWriMo. I kind of felt like if I was writing at all I should be working on that accursed novel, and I’m even getting a bit of that pang now. Naturally, I also had many things that I wanted to blog about, but could never quite prioritize them well enough to get started on one. I’m apparently very bad at multi-tasking, and not as good as I used to be at organizing.
Clearly I need more practice, which is, of course, the ultimate goal of this blog. So I’ll have to work on that some more next year.
Well, I have a lot to work on next year, and I doubt I’m alone in that. So, have a happy new year, everyone, and try not to lose track of how much champagne you’re drinking, because that gets really embarrassing!