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2012 in review December 31, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Smiley.

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 26,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals (Click here to see the complete report.)

But that number, 26,000, isn’t the impressive bit.

My total views ever, of all time, from the beginning of this blog two and a half years ago, is more than 35,600. That means that almost 3/4 of my total views ever have come in just this past year.

That’s partly down to a steady increase in views over the last year. January had a comfortable 877 views; February jumped just over 1,000, and March leapt to almost 1,500. I was agog. Then May hit 1,900, and after a slight summer dip, I was approaching 2,000 in September, October, and November.

And then December 4 happened.

I don’t know what caused the spike that day — some computer program running autosearches in England? — but for some reason, my views on Dec. 4 alone topped out at 943. That’s more than the entire month of January. Heck, that’s justa few hits shy of the total hits for my whole first year!

The numbers plummeted after that (someone must have stopped running their autosearch), but the momentum was there, and since then I’ve been receiving hundreds of views a day, thousands a week! Every week this month has seen more views than any whole month this year — the third week had almost twice as many hits as any given month!

So, as of this writing, my monthly total views for December sits at just over 9,700. That’s well over a third of my entire yearly total — in just this last month.

Also, WordPress has started tracking individual viewers as well as their hits, and I’m astonished to find that I’ve had more than 5,750 distinct visitors to this blog in December.

That’s a lot of welcomes to send out! But, here we go, in huge, block letters:


You are most, most welcome.

Thanks for an astounding last month of a fantastic year, and we’ll see you all back here in 2013.

And sure, bring a friend. 🙂



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