Sunday, December 30, 2012

Blog Favorites of 2012

I enjoy taking some time near the end of every year to review the posts I've made during the year. It reminds me where I've been and some of the things that I've been writing about.

This year has been a great year for my blog. The number of page views per month, one measure of readership, has continued to increase. The readers set a record in November by crossing the 2,000 pages viewed during the month for the first time. December is close and may beat out November, as there are still two days to go-but it was nice to cross over the 2,000 threshold for the first time.

Thank you to my readers for that.

The increase in pages comes as I have posted fewer articles this year. It appears that I will finish the with 390 posts, well off the over 400 posts for the past two years (2010: 434, 2011: 430).

In terms of popularity one post stands out this year, Famous Airplanes and their Names. I enjoyed my day at the Air and Space Museum seeing the airplanes and being inspired to research famous airplanes of history.

I was surprised at the popularity of my post about Follow the Instructions--There may be an Important Reason for Them which was a rant that I wrote in response to the girl being bitten by the dolphin at Sea World Orlando.

The third most popular post of 2012 was Orioles Magic--Pushed to the Brink. What an exciting season the Orioles had and I am looking forward to the 2013 version of the Orioles with great anticipation.

One of my favorites was Flags and Ships which recounted my day at the Sailabrathon in Baltimore during June. The images of the flags flying in the breeze against the blue sky reminds me of that fabulous day.

My favorite poem for 2012, I seem to write poems during September, was titled Two Roads and a Field.

My favorite image posted in the blog this year was taken by Chris while we were on vacation in Florida. It is of an osprey just after catching dinner. It was published in the post Unraveling Days--Nearing Vacation's End.

These are my favorites for the year. I am looking forward to the year ahead and where it will take me through my blog.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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