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2011 Blog Stats

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog…I’m a sucker for site stats and comparisons to transit.

A special thanks to Lizzie, Kipp, Aunt Bonnie, Lauren and Goli for all their comments.  Another thanks to Mike “The Beast” Hurley for leading a ton of curious winter weather warrior folks my way!

Yeah, it wasn’t the greatest blogging year ever, but who knows?  Maybe I will be back soon.  Things just happen so fast.  I have been keeping a personal journal since falling off the blogosphere, so at least I’m writing!


Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


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2010 Blog Stats

As if I needed them to tell me about my blog stats, WordPress so delightfully sent this to me this morning.  And thanks to all my readers who make this blog so fun for me.  I probably would not be doing this without you.  Probably.


The stats helper monkeys at 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

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 111 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 172 posts. There were 259 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 186mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 11th with 214 views. The most popular post that day was Fall Dinner.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, Google Reader,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for, boiler diagram, citymarket at o street update, and plannermegan.

Attractions in 2010

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


Fall Dinner November 2010


Sharing the sad news December 2010


Who is Megan Jane? June 2009


Makeover Reveal September 2010


Living Room Makeover! September 2010


What happened?!?

No, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth!  Thanks to all my loyal readers for your concern and encouragement to keep writing.  I was doing just fine with an entry a day for the Gratitude Project.  Things were going well, even if it was hard to keep up (I’m not a blog everyday kind of girl, you see, as I remembered that routines bore the hell out of me).  I broke the Gratitude trend and posted a very quick, if rather crappy, blurb about the dinner party we hosted.  I spent three minutes on the entire post and just threw it together so folks could see photos.

Of all the hard work and hours that I spend writing each post, wouldn’t you know it was the less-than-stellar post that got picked up?  I still haven’t figured out where it was posted.  I got 215 hits pretty instantly, and you guys know I love my blog stats!  Until that point the highest one day total was 125.  I almost doubled my daily best with an article I wasn’t even happy with!

It was almost too much.  I realized how many strangers could and do read my blog.  It affected me in a way that I still do not understand and have done a lot of thinking about since.  I guess I got a little scared of what could have been and scared that people would see more crap posts from me.  And it suddenly felt like the pressure was on to perform.

You know I don’t like pressure!!  Plus, at about the same time I traveled to Seattle for Mel’s baby shower and didn’t feel like posting when there were games to be played with the family like Who, What, Where and We Cheer 2!  Then I made the excuse that I was waiting for photos, but that was just a stalling technique.  (The photos are on Mel’s facebook page if you want to check them out.)  Then I just got busy.  I went to North Carolina for Thanksgiving.  It was probably one of the best Thanksgivings I’ve had in a long time, for no particular reason other than I had not been home since Christmas of last year.  That’s too long to go without going home!

The family at Thanksgiving 2010

The family at Thanksgiving 2010

Once I got back it’s been non-stop.  The ladies came over last Thursday for baking night and we managed to make in one oven: cupcakes, mint chocolate chip cookies, chocolate/caramel covered pretzel sticks, peanut butter bars and chocolate chip cookies.  It was pretty tame but the baking was out of control.

The tree is up and lights are on, however, the production process slowed at the cranberries and popcorn stringing.  Saturday morning I scheduled to string, then I started watching some of my favorite Christmas movies which is part of the tradition.  I was 10 minutes into Love, Actually and just started bawling.  The crying went straight through The Family Stone, a movie that just pulls at every heartstring.  I was a weepy mess, and was only able to complete one strand.  So, the tree has tons of lights and one strand of popcorn and cranberries.  It would look pretty sad when the lights are off, but it’s so big that there is not much sad about it.  Sort of like a hot guy that just isn’t wearing the right socks…still plenty of good to look at.

Saturday night was the office Christmas party, and that was fun.  Sunday I woke up not feeling so hot, but was able to make a productive day with brunch, the Logan Circle House Tour and spaghetti dinner and game night.  And speaking of games, I bought wii’s Just Dance 2 and Corey and I danced for a solid hour when we returned from dinner.

Must have been the dancing…or the four hour conversation that followed…but the next morning we were both sick. I still had the same stomach thing from Sunday.  And I have it again today.  It hurts when I move around and when I laugh which made for a tough Subsidized Corn practice last night.  (Laura couldn’t laugh either because she had surgery on her mouth and Nick had a cast because he broke his hand playing football this weekend, so we’re quite the pathetic lot.  But, if you want to see SubCo, we have a show this Thursday at Source at 8:00 p.m.  I won’t be able to make it.)

I’ve also decided it hurts when I eat, so I’m not going to eat for awhile.  Then I get tired and dizzy and pissy and nobody wins.  I was fine with the banana today, but the graham crackers hurt.  Seriously?  How does it hurt after I eat graham crackers?!?  That’s ridiculous.  I’m not sure what is going on, but the bright side is I will stick to a pre-holiday diet this way!  Too bad the diet will only consist of bananas, applesauce, rice and tea for now (Thanks Emily D for the BART recommendation).

In the meantime, I’ll figure out how to sit upright to string cranberries and popcorn.  And I won’t watch sappy movies or listen to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland or James Taylor.  Why am I such a weepy mess?  I hope they are all related and all gone by tomorrow.  No time to slow down!  Our amazingly huge tree won’t decorate itself.

So, thanks to everyone for your encouragement!  I appreciate that you are continuing to read along.  I hope to post some photos of a fully decorated tree soon (where have you heard that before?).


My Thanksgiving plate.  If my stomach felt better, this would look really yummy.

My Thanksgiving plate. If my stomach felt better, this would look really yummy.

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Comment 100

As I have mentioned before, I love my blog stats. And in a quick update, I have blogged 146 posts on my little ol’ blog since June 9, 2009 when I started this shin dig. There have been 5,866 total clicks, and the busiest day was Thursday, September 9, 2010 with 100 clicks in one day!  I averaged 18 visitors per day in September…which is awesome because I only posted eight times!  Thanks to all of you for clicking through.  I am very happy to have you read along.  And I love hearing or reading that you’ve read something that interested you.  Thank you!!

Which brings me to another stat…my comments.  I’ve been watching the number slowly creep up, keeping my eye on Comment 100.  I was going to celebrate and write a post about the person who commented.  If I were a betting girl, I would have put money on Dad, Corey or Pauli D that they would have been the 100th commenter.  The count sat at 99 for quite awhile.  Friday, it clicked to 100!  Yay, but then I realized that tracking back to my own post counts as a comment.   So, I was deflated when I found out that the 100th commenter was me.  Pingback for a dingbat.  Booo.

Oh, one more thing, I can also see what people searched to get to my site.  There have been some funny ones recently after my post about the Korean Spa.  The Top Searches feature now says that two people searched “naked women locker” and found my site.  Awesomeness.


100th Post!!

Today is the 100th post I’ve written. Happy Centennial, MJU!  That’s 100 “important” things to say. That’s 100 thoughts in my head that make it to your screen.   That’s 100 more things my parents know about me.

And speaking of my parents, although my Dad is my only subscriber, I know they aren’t the only ones reading.  This blog has had a total of 3,248 total views in less than a year.  Thanks!!  The one day record is 67 views, set on October 19, 2009 (still not sure what made that day special).  There have been 41 comments, which is probably 20 something from you and 20 something from me responding to you.  I have twitter and facebook feeds now as my technical abilities have improved.  And so have my good looks in that same time.  Amazing.


Image #172: Blog Stats

Image #172: Blog Stats


Mel-mel says I need to include more photos, and I do my best.  In those 99 posts, I’ve posted 171 images and videos, using only 2.7% of my space.  Lots of photos coming your way, Mel-mel!

Some of you may know that I totally geek out on these graphs, pretty much daily.  So, click away!  I love it.  And I love your comments.  What can I do better?  What are the posts that are most interesting?  Sometimes I wish this blog were anonymous so I could really go on tangents, but alas, I can’t keep my mouth nor my fingers from talking.  You know how I am!!

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Stats Flash

You guys are a fantastic crowd.  Each of you sitting at work, in your classroom, at home or on the go with your fancy pants mobile devices make up a collective group of folks that are near and dear to me.  No clue why you keep coming back, but you do.  Even when I announce that I will not be posting for a week, your clicks keep a comin’.  (Which makes me wonder.  Hmmm??)  And I thank you!

I check this graphic every day (sample below) and when I hit a new max, I’m pumped! (The daily record currently stands at 67, thanks to your clicks on heavy photo days.)  Consistent, yet not.  No one reads on Sunday.  It does not seem to be correlated to my quantity of posts.  You are an enigma, much like I wish my blog to be.  There is much comfort in that.

Thank you, readers!!  I love you!


Day by day chart of your readership activity

Day by day chart of your readership activity



Week by week increase.  How you like that trend line?

Week by week increase. How you like that trend line?


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