2010 in review (AKA free post material!)

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 122 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 443 posts. There were 122 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 49mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 3rd with 144 views. The most popular post that day was Now more heritage posts!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com and boston.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for today sucks, my truant pen, hagia sophia, how are you doing, and apple butter consistency.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Now more heritage posts! February 2010


10 reasons today sucks April 2009


How Are You Doing? February 2010


Old miscarriages, years later January 2010


Old Stone Walls March 2010

‘Fessing Up

So, I have a confession to make. This is not my first blog. No, my first blog was started in 2003 on one of those other sites (waves her hand indistinctly). It wasn’t very formal. It wasn’t really the sort of writing you want people to find on Google. I never informed my parents or other family members about it. I did, however, make a ton of fantastic “online” friends and give way more updates about how hungry/tired/bored I was than was really required.

But gradually, I found I wanted to have a more public voice. As my writing increasingly turns to be about my children, I wanted to share with my larger family. And I’m getting smarter in my old age. I hope I’m smart enough to not write anything that would embarrass me now or later. So I went public and didn’t let on that it was “in media res”.

But… there were a few actual decent posts in the old blog. All my first pregnancy is documented there. The two miscarriages. Big thoughts. Perhaps one in twenty posts is something I’d like to hold on to.

So gradually I’m pulling in the best and most pertinent of my old writing here. If you go all the way back into my archives, you’ll see a number from 2003. I suspect that the stickiness of the writing — my desire to persist it — will increase as I began to find my voice.

I’m actually rather amazed at just how YOUNG and PERKY the posts from that first year really are!

So here you go. If you’re bored (and I can’t really imagine any other reason) feel free to go back and check out the archives as I fill in the years between 2003 and 2008.