Numbers and friends

The helpful people at put together an annual report for my blog. Nifty-neato :).

You made my inner 9 year old grin

A few highlights:

  • The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
  • In 2011, there were 231 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 320 posts. There were 508 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 180mb. That’s about a picture per day.
  • The busiest day of the year was May 3rd with 5,006 views. My  most popular post that day was about me blubbering my way through the Royal Wedding in So, did you watch? .

The WordPress helpers also provided me with a neat little summary about my most frequent visitors.  Since Dianna at These Days of Mine recently awarded me the “Reader Appreciation Award” for all my comments over at her place, this is perfect time to pass that award along as well.

Look at this cute and sunny award!!

The Reader Appreciation Award recognizes a blog’s top readers (by the # of comments posted).  The yearly summary provided from Word Press made it super easy for me to recognize those kind folks who regularly read my ramblings and care enough to comment.

Here are the rules for this award:

  1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
  2. Be thankful. (and I am!)
  3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded and also cannot give the award back to me.
  4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
  5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay too.

My top 6 commenting friends are as follows:

(We are a chatty bunch aren’t we? And I wouldn’t have it any other way!)

  1. Sheila at Grace and Life 
  2. Dianna at These Days of Mine 
  3. Leah at Leah’s Thoughts
  4. Lenore Diane at Lenore Diane’s Thoughts Exactly 
  5. Georgette at Georgette Sullins  
  6. Terri at Into the Mystic

I encourage all readers to visit the blogs listed above; I promise you will be inspired by their talents, insight and warmth. Thank you to all who read and comment; your kindness and support have given me a wonderful gift — the gift of feeling understood.

I continue to be blessed by your grace, good humor and friendship.  And if that’s not reason to continue, I don’t know what is.



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  1. 5,000 hits in a day? A single day? Wow, MJ – that’s inconceivable. Congratulations, my friend. I’d like to think I followed you before following you was cool.
    P.S. Your inner 9yr old is adorable!

    • Ack! I completely blanked on the award. I read about Diana awarding you, and then I read how I was one of your top commenting friends. I didn’t put the two together though… thanks for nod! I appreciate your comments, too!

    • Apparently the Royal Wedding post resonated with many; the fact that the nice people at WP had it on their “Fresh Pressed” list obviously helped. I think it’s funny that my smile looks largely the same in that photo. I think that’s my older sister’s shirt though.

  2. I have to agree. You were pretty damn cute at nine. I also think 5000 hits in a day is pretty amazing. The day I was Freshly Pressed I only had 1,100. But then again people really get into that whole royal wedding thing. And my FPed post was on second language acquisition–not exactly a hot topic. Was your royal wedding post FPed?

    • There was lots of interest in the Royal Wedding to begin with but yes the FP faeries helped. 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words; I chuckle at that photo b/c I look wise beyond my years. Or maybe I was just trying to?

  3. Congrats on a great year, MJ. (I’m still trying to decide whether to post my numbers. I guess I’ll break down and do that – maybe Wednesday.) I was a little confused, though, because what they showed for my 3rd most commented on post was WAY OFF!! ???

    Anyway – that’s cool that I’m one of your top commenters! I know a good thing when I see it. 🙂

    • I decided to post/share some of it, not the entire link. Somethings are better kept under wraps ;).

      I appreciate your kind demeanor and thoughtful comments; you’re a dear.
      Cheers! MJ

  4. Cute, cute…same smile, you’re right…and are those blue eyes? Adorable picture. Thank you for the nod.
    I have enjoyed reading since I bumped into your piece about you and your cousin being best friends, then of course, your two Diana pieces, then you straightened your back and lightened your load (and mine) with all those pieces on “saying no.” You have kept me engaged and sharpened my wit. Thank you. I’ll say it again, I enjoy the conversation.

    • Yep – they were blue but now are green; how does that happen? I don’t know.

      I remember when we first “bumped” into each other … and I very much enjoy our conversations. Cheers to you!

  5. SWEET! I’m honored to have made your list of top commenters! And I think my meme-o-phobia is easing. This sounds like something I would gladly like to pay forward.

    Thank you!

  6. I love the little stat report they put together for each us…those little wp stat monkeys have been busy little beavers. LOL!

  7. Congrats, MJ, on a great year! I feel honored to be among your top commenters. I have to look back because you may be one of mine too.

  8. Congrats on a wonderful year of blogging! I love that old photo, too. Cute! I see you over at Lenore’s a lot and I am happy to finally get to know your blog and you. Thank you for visiting mine. I hope you have a fantastic week, MJ!

  9. Haven’t pulled up the year in review for my blog yet, and after reading yours – I may not! LOL! You’re kicking it down MJ. Congrats.

    • I think that summary thing is pretty nifty; I hesitated to share the #s because I am the least competitive person I know & I don’t want people to think I was boasting. It is fun to see what resonates with others though. I hope you’ll post your summary, Renee 🙂 MJ

  10. cooper

    got the same summary. i’m stealing your presentation to do the same thing :>)

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