I remember playing the “how old will we be when the year 2000 is here” game with my brothers when we were kids (that would be 34, 29 and 27…and I’m not telling which one was which). Back then the sound of “the year 2000,” and our future ages, was nothing short of awe inspiring. Now its 2012, wow. How exactly did that happen? Speaking of big numbers this is danger garden blog post #799, somehow I’ve managed to be on the brink of 800 posts, that’s a lot of words and photos! Since I’ve enjoyed reading posts from other bloggers with a snapshot look at their “stats” I decided to do something similar. Yes, I’m starting 2012 by looking back at 2011…
For the year 2011 I had 108,413 visitors, 63,391 of them “unique”
(I assume this is the number of people who actually opened the blog in their web browser? So folks who read it in Google Reader or via email subscription are not counted in that stat? I've always wondered about that, love to know the answer).
Visitors from 168 countries spent time here over the year, with the top ten being the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, France, India, Spain, Italy, Germany and Hungary. Squeaking in at #168 was Yemen with one visitor who stayed on the site for 10 minutes and looked at 3 pages.
In the U.S. the top four visiting states were the obvious ones, my state followed by the rest of the West Coast, and then Texas. After that things get less predictable…
1 Oregon: 18,269 visits
2 California: 15,964
3 Washington: 6,215
4 Texas: 5,059
5 New York: 2,215
6 Florida: 2,134
7 Ohio: 1,409
8 North Carolina: 1,260
9 Arizona: 1,206
10 Pennsylvania: 1,124
Below are the top ten most visited posts of the year. It is worth noting that most of these posts are from previous years, so this stat just reflects which posts were being read in 2011 (all post titles are links, I never am sure if people can see my links). It's also worth noting that these posts are nowhere near what I would have picked as my top ten of the year, it’s an odd group reflecting popular search terms no doubt:
1 Yucca Love
2 Resurrection Fern, Selaginella lepidophylla
3 Rock Shopping
4 Urban walls and planters
5 Walking Alberta Street
6 Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' or Japanese Forest Grass
7 The Huntington Gardens, Part 2 The Desert Garden
8 San Francisco Botanical Gardens Part 2
9 A fence that doubles as a grape arbor
10 Bromeliads – they aren’t just super-market florist plants!
The most commented on post of the year was actually a tie between the post I did on JJ De Sousa’s amazing garden: This garden is Crazy Colorfully Cool! And one where I updated you on my birthday goings on (Including a visit from Pam @ Digging) and the fact that I’d been in Seattle for the garden bloggers fling: Happy Birthday to me! (and here's what the heck I’ve been up to…).
And finally my favorite post about my garden this year wasn’t on my blog at all, but on Digging: Foliage fantasia in Portland’s Danger Garden Pam took some great photos which managed to make me forget it was my garden I was looking at!
Happy New Year to You and thank you SO MUCH for visiting danger garden in 2011. The best part about blogging is all the wonderful people around the world that I get to interact with via your blogs or your comments here. I hope you’ll be back here often during 2012!
(the fine image at the top of this post borrowed from http://zoom-dg.com.ar/media.html)