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2012 Year in Review

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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!


  1. haha I love funny search terms. I don't get many though when I do it usually has something to do with sex, drugs or cialis? What?! Have a great 2013 Andrea!

  2. Happy new year! Wishing you much prosperity and health in 2013. Also way to go on your Decemeber income-looks like you are doing fantastic : )

  3. Budget & the Beach says

    Wow those search items are bizarre! I haven't quite figured out how to track all of my search items. I'm sure there is a plugin for that. It's always a little hard, yet inspiring to see other people's stats on their blog. I feel like I have so much more to go, but at the same time I have to remember why I started this whole thing. Anyway, I wish you a successful and happy new year, and hope we get a chance to meet this year! 😉

    • Do you have Google Analytics installed? That's where I find the search terms. Well, that and Jetpack and StatCounter – I use all three for various stat-related tracking.

  4. "320,000 pageviews from 73,000 unique visitors" – that's epic. So you mean 1.7 articles / visitor isn't the be all and end all of webmastering?

    Please do more grammar related post's because their the greatest things on you're site!

  5. I can't stop laughing about those search terms. They are so out there, but hilarious non the less.

  6. therandompath says

    Your blog, along with 1 or 2 others, was one of the first PF blogs I started reading. And even though you aren't technically PF anymore, I still love your blog. Your sarcasm keeps me laughing and your posts, no matter the topic, are always interesting.

    Keep up the good work Andrea and I hope you have a wonderful new year!

  7. When you referenced Finding Nemo and Stacey's Mom, I totally felt like those were recent. Then I actually thought about it. Now I feel old :p

    Best of luck in 2013 Andrea!

  8. I started reading your blog December 2011, and it has been one of my favorite things to read every day! Hard to choose one, but this is one of the funniest posts this past year!!!

    Also, Stacey's Mom makes me feel old.

  9. I find your list of weirdest search referrals very funny. I am looking forward to more posts from you. Happy new year! Have a great 2013 ahead.

  10. Hahaha…awesome search terms!

  11. I cannot ..stop…laughing!!! This is pure comedy gold! Ever done open-mike night? 🙂 __Best of luck to you in 2013!

  12. Sounds like a great year. I enjoyed the search terms, funny stuff and commentary! I too get a kick out of seeing how people get to my site. Though some are a bit unnerving, such as "I am a gold digger and want all his money"

  13. I laughed so hard at your referrals for 2012… especially the Amazon giftcard. I would ask the same question… why?! Also on the American slave part… wait, what? So funny. So confusing. Happy New Year's and hope 2013 is spectacular for you!

  14. Thanks for a great year of posts, I especially appreciated "5 things wealthy people never say". I absolutely agree that mindset is at least half the battle and I try to avoid the classics like "I deserve nice things". It helps keep me on track.

    Looking forward to what you have planned for us this year!

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