The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.
For obvious reasons, I’m super excited about my year in blogging, and I love the way WordPress puts together the stats with little fireworks. Adorable.
I was also amused to see that people found me by searching for:
“rubysongbird, weird spiky bugs on my tomato, coffee shop central park, and skip kichijoji shoes.”
Particularly since the shoes in Japan did not fit me, as I have big ol’ feet, and even at the onsen / hotel, I had to wear the men’s sandals to go outside. Someone also found me by searching Google for “veiny feet.” That’s just gross, but I hope they found what they were looking for.
The fact that most people reading my blog were from the United States is not surprising, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I have readers in Japan AND Canada! Hello neighbors! And someone in Oceana, Australia! So cool. Seriously. Amazing.
October was my blog’s most popular month, centering around our too-short visit to Tokyo, Japan, and the subsequent blog posts. I know many of these clicks were due to family members checking up on us, since we weren’t calling home to check in.
Only 3 of the 5 top-viewed posts in 2011 were about Japan. Which makes me feel like the Internet likes RubySongbird, and not just the Japan trip posts. Check it out, in order of popularity:
- Day 5: leaving onsen; Shimokitazawa shopping October 2011
- Y’all, it’s officially Fall. Sweater time. November 2011
- Day 7: Temples! Buddha! Koi! Sushi! October 2011
- Day 4: my favorite place, onsen October 2011
- Fashionably late to this appetizer party December 2011
Obviously my own favorite posts this year were those I wrote in Japan, exhausted and curled up on the futon with the iPad, uploading just a few of the almost 900 photos that I took overseas. I almost feel bad for our family members because we inflicted the full slideshow on them, all in one sitting!
I’m so glad I started this blog. It’s opened up my little world to a much bigger one, with tons of blogs to follow (honestly, I’m on Google Reader and WordPress reader multiple times a day just to keep up!) and I LOVE learning about your lives, your stories and your style. I almost feel like I know many of you, even though we have never met or spoken.
Thank you, thank you, all of you, for reading my little blog!