Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear blo-og,
Happy Birthday to you!
How does a blog celebrate its birthday?
BY JOINING TWITTER, of course!
twit tweep twerp eh, whatever: Run With Holly@Coach_Holly !!
The blogging leg of this adventure started one year ago, right here: Take Your Mark, and….GO! Since my parents were really my only readers back then, you might want to click back and check it out. [Oh, and by the way – Dad, if you’re reading this (IF?!?! Who am I kidding. Dad is my biggest fan. Love you, Dad!), is there any chance I could offer you a TimTam bribe to get you to dig that photo from Ms. Rose’s ballet class out of the photo album and scan it to me?]
And since I’m seeing an influx of new readers lately (for a variety of reasons, but especially SEE BELOW!), let’s quickly review: If you’re feeling curious, check out the About Me section, and/or a more casual collection of Holly Fun Facts. And here’s a bit about the guy who’s often
photo bombing joining me in my pictures. Finally, the Race Reports category includes reports of all the races (except one!) that I ran this year, mostly in Singapore.
Awesome. Now, let’s get on with the Year of Blogging recap, shall we? The inadvertently excellent thing about starting a blog on January 8th is that your blog’s birthday almost exactly corresponds with the New Year – and WordPress’s publication of “Your 2013 Year in Blogging”. Thus, in honor of the blog birthday/new year, and inspired by Fit, Feminist, and (Almost) Fifty‘s example, Part II of my year-end wrap-up will be blog-specific. [Click to read the first wrap-up, Year of Running: 2013 in Review.]
According to WordPress, this blog was viewed by others approximately 31,000 times this year. I don’t publish this number to brag or compare – but just to say, HOLY WOW. And THANK YOU. Yes, YOU. 🙂 That might be considered peanuts in the realm of blogging, but heck – for this tiny little corner of the internet, I’m pretty happy with that number. My most popular posts were:
Venus Run (2013): Race Report
Stretch Those Calves!
How To Make A Really Delicious Roast Chicken
Female Endurance Athletes Are Just Like Other Women (Only Not Really)
Yellow Ribbon Run (2013): Race Report
I’ll admit that the roast chicken one makes me giggle – I had no idea it would be such a popular post. But it is, indeed, one of the most frequent searches that lands people on my site these days. Unfortunately, I have subsequently realized that the use of local chickens contributes to my chicken-roasting success. Our local chickens are small, properly proportioned, and TASTY. They aren’t certified organic/free-range/pesticide-free, but all I have to do is look at one to see that it looks…well, it looks like a chicken should. I was really surprised the last time I was back in the US, and saw the enormous, strangely proportioned thing my Dad was roasting as a chicken. But I digress. [Although you should come visit, and I’ll roast you a HIGHLY delicious chicken. I promise!]
*ahem* FOCUS, Holly.
Also – a big shout-out to fellow bloggers who discovered me, adopted me, and encouraged me when I was just starting out at the start of the year. There are plenty of you, but WordPress reports that my Top 3 commenters this year were Amy (Run Write Hike), Meagan (Turkey Runner), and Jeano (Jogging Jeano). Thanks, chicas!
Anyway, Fit, Feminist, and (Almost) 50 also added a cool twist, by listing the posts that she thinks were under-appreciated, and should have gotten a bit more attention. Here are a few of my other favorites from this year:
Why Getting Started Is The Hardest Part (and what the dishwasher has to do with it)
Stop the Comparisons, and Start the Celebrations
And the entire repository of Stretches I’m starting to build
So there you have it, folks. A summary of my blog year. You can see the whole report for the Run With Holly blog here. It’s big on cute graphics, and only modest in actual data – but still, it will be an interesting look back on your year. If you have a WordPress blog, I’d suggest that you have a look at your own!
I know sometimes when I read a blog post that really hits home for me, it sticks with me for awhile. Was there anything I wrote this year that has stuck in your mind?
Should I make birthday brownies or chocolate chip cookies for the blog?
Anyone have a #1 Twitter Tip for me?