Can you believe 2012 is already over? It seems like it just started a few minutes ago! I guess it’s true that time does go faster as we age, because I swear it’s still 2003 or so in my head. Like when someone mentions Finding Nemo or that song Stacy’s Mom and I’m like, “Oh yeah, that is totally recent! It just happened!” You know I’m not the only one.
It’s been an interesting blogging year for me… My collection of ramblings (this one, anyway) will turn 2 in February and it’s amazing what a difference a year can make. I’ve gone from kicking myself for stupid impulse purchases to making it 2 years without paying a bank fee. I went from swearing off my newly paid-off credit cards in July 2011 to using credit cards regularly – and correctly! Most obviously, the blog underwent a name change (and a couple of design changes) as I stepped back from the personal finance world to write about things that are a little more “me.”
I can’t even really talk about blog stats because everything has been so wonky this year. I had about 540 Facebook fans before I rebranded, and I’m just now reaching 220 or so on the new page. Likewise, I went from 1300 Twitter followers on my old account to about 725 as of right now. (Be sure you’re following my new Twitter and Facebook accounts so you don’t miss out!)
Overall, the blog had around 320,000 pageviews from 73,000 unique visitors in 2012, meaning that most of you chose to come back and/or read multiple posts. I appreciate those who stuck it out despite all the changes and weirdness!
Here are some of the major blog happenings from 2012:
Most Popular Posts from 2012
Why I Write – Easily the most visited (and most personal) post I wrote this year. For some reason my writing has always attracted some of the internet’s rudest people, and this post was a reaction to some of the drama they brought along with them.
7 Reasons You Don’t Have Any Money – Apparently people search the web for “why don’t i have any money” quite often, because this was the post with the second highest search traffic this year. Funny how we think Google is a magic 8 ball that can answer random questions about our lives.
RIP So Over Debt – I guess this was a bit of a troll post since people thought I was quitting blogging altogether. Still, it was a relief to quit trying to force myself to fit into a box that just wasn’t right for me, and I’ve enjoyed the blog much more since I rebranded.
Apostrophe Abuse Prevention: It Starts With You – I love the fact that a grammar-related post had the most search traffic of anything I wrote this year. I had at least 4-5 visitors land on this post every day after searching something to do with apostrophes. You’d think people would learn to stop abusing apostrophes if they’re all reading the post, but I guess it’s harder than it seems.
5 Things Wealthy People Never Say – I firmly believe it takes a certain mindset to become wealthy (not that I would know personally) and that many of us talk ourselves out of wealth before it’s ever a possibility.
Weirdest Search Referrals of 2012
I guess it’s a testament to the random things I write about – I get the most disturbing and hilarious search referrals ever. Here are a few of my favorites from this year:
comcast sucks - This one isn’t all that weird or funny, but I’m proud that my site comes up in search results for anything that portrays Comcast in a (deservingly) negative light. For the record, my internet service is STILL not fixed and I’m on my second complaint to the BBB. Sigh.
a person making minimum wage of $7.50 will make how much per year if he or she is working full time - I get some variation on this search almost daily. Is it really that hard to get out a calculator and figure 40 hours a week times 52 weeks in a year times $7.50? Maybe minus a week or two for vacation? It must be, because people are constantly googling this stuff.
my dog ate poop and dirt and keeps foaming at the mouth - Awesome. Sounds like just another day in my house.
my sink is filling up with water – Right now? And you’re on Google instead of trying to make it stop filling up with water? That makes all the sense in the world.
can you buy an amazon gift card with an amazon gift card - Why? Just why?
facebook is nosy and evil and makes people with no life at all seem interesting - Tell us how you really feel! Actually I’m pretty sure I’m just as boring on Facebook as I am in real life.
inbred people - Seriously, Google?!?!? I am not amused. I am also not inbred.
so over andrea whitmer blog - I actually think it would be kind of funny if someone was so over me they created a whole blog about it. Maybe a little sad, but still funny.
what should i do if the board of health goes to my job because i had strep throat and didn’t tell anyone - That was oddly specific. I would love to know how this situation turned out.
five awesome difitions of fairy tales - Have you heard the one about the person who bought a dictionary and learned to spell? Great story.
blog boyfriend soiled underpants - Gross. I am certain I have never written about this.
what would be the cost to feed, clothe, and house an american slave in today’s dollars - What. The. Hell.
Yeah, so those pretty much sum up the year I’ve had – completely random and a little confusing.
Thanks for Hanging Out!
I appreciate all of you who visit, read, comment, and occasionally email me about things that thankfully do NOT involve slaves or soiled underpants. I hope your 2012 has been as interesting as mine (or maybe a little less interesting) and that 2013 is full of great things for you and your families!