This past year has been an excellent one in many respects. I am so grateful for the wonderful guest bloggers whose writing enhanced the value of the content in my blog in 2011, and initiated some very interesting discussions. From the feedback received I was able to isolate some topics that readers were focused on and blog further on those topics.
My thanks to all the guest authors of 2011 including:
Cynthia of Wine, Woman and Travel who shared How a Dream Blogging Job Found Me. Cynthia resolved to pursue a career in the wine trade and the way her dream job found her gave rise to a very lively discussion exchange.
Susan Wright-Boucher of Leading with Passion who published 4 Things My Blog Taught Me. That post contained some basic lessons for new bloggers that resonated for me and for those who commented as well. We all agreed to “appreciate our inner geek”.
XanthusKidd was also a guest author in 2011 and his introduction to Google Plus in Google + The Next Big Thing in Social Networking was also well received. His concluding sentence line was a prophetic one: “Hold on Facebook, you’re in for a fight; there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s cool.”
Guest Author Team Oyeniyi of Love versus Goliath is writing a book about the bureaucracy involved in an immigration process and she’s also sharing in her blog. In What did a new blogger learn in 12 months? she and commenters exchanged the lessons they had learned in their first year of blogging.
Jean of Cycle, Write, Blog was this year’s most active commenter and her comments enriched so many posts that saying thank you seems like it’s not enough. She also published a guest post on her two hobbies Blogging and Cycling: It’s like a Drug.
Guest author Melissa Crossman, who blogs on behalf of American InterContinental University explained how students can begin to further their their careers, prior to graduation and after by blogging in The Before, During and After of a Professional Blog
My goals for this blog in 2011 were:
- improving the design of the blog;
- posting more frequently;
- posting more authoritative ‘pillar posts’ as branding evolves;
- interacting with more bloggers within my niche;
- increasing participation in social media and social networks;
- increasing the number of comments;
- increasing the number of regular readers and subscribers.
I achieved some of those goals but not all of them. In particular, I found that I lacked the time to interact with bloggers in my niche and increase my social networking.
Thanks to every subscriber for choosing to follow my blog. When I look at that number I feel humble and somehat worried about “feeding” you all in 2012. If you have topics you want to read what I have to say about please use a comment box on my latest post to let me know what they are.
Best wishes to all of you bloggers for a happy and productive 2012.
Crunchy numbers – Your Annual Report from WordPress.com for onecoolsite.wordpress.com
London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 370,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 5 sold-out events for that many people to see it.
In 2011, there were 127 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 647 posts. There were 229 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 20mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was August 14th with 2,411 views. The most popular post that day was Google+ added to Google Social Search.
Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Canada were not far behind.
The most commented on post in 2011 was 5 years at WordPress.com
Some of your most popular posts were written before 2011. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.