2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 1,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Banned Books Part 2

Continuing the theme from yesterday, I found this today.  The site maps reported instances of challenged books, which I thought was a neat idea.  It also gives you a brief synopsis of the issue and circumstance behind the challenge.

The map is kind of surprising, I think – or at least it challenges (ha ha! Sorry, bad pun) my assumptions about geography.  Did you find anything surprising about this map?

Cool stuff that’s come across my twitter feed recently…

Just a few links that I’ve had the pleasure of viewing recently.

This site is adorable and just lovely at the same time.

This comes to me via my mom (natch) and is hilarious.  Those folks who imagine how historical figures would use social media are quite funny and usually spot on!

As an amateur cellist, I frequently get sent cello related items (jokes, cartoons, videos).  My violinist friend got this from his nephew (a talented cellist in his own right).  Quite a lovely arrangement, and it introduced me to an entirely new set of cellists!

2010 in review

How cool is this? I got the following in my inbox this morning:

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.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 23 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 9 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 118kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 6th with 192 views. The most popular post that day was Don’t tell my old Stats teacher, but….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were cubview.loyolahs.edu, facebook.com, twitter.com, en.wordpress.com, and blogger.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for civilization is molded by books, how i learned world history, caleb feehs facebook, civilization is moulded by books, and nisha kapani.

Attractions in 2010

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


Don’t tell my old Stats teacher, but… September 2010


What’s your favorite period in history? May 2010


What is history? May 2010


Barbaric is in the eye of the beholder August 2010


I heart maps! August 2010

Why yes, I am crazy, what makes you ask?

Ok, ok, ok!!  I will try to do it again this year.  I have signed up for NaNoWriMo like a complete and total nut.  Because I have the time.  Because I have the stamina.  Because all attempts in the past have shown that yes, I can do this.  (This is all sarcasm, by the way, just in case you were wondering.)

I will post my (sad, pathetic) word counts once the madness begins.  I will also attempt to post here about history.  Honest.