2013 in review

Moet and Chandon and champagne glassesHappy New Year! Every year on New Year’s Day I like to look back and at the previous year and list my most popular blog posts and show some web stats. I also list the most active commenters as a way of saying ‘thanks’.

So, what were the popular themes from 2013?

Well, the big topics this year were revealing my partner’s real name, being visited by TVNZ, and launching my book. That just goes to show what a crazy, fantastic year it’s been. It’s been a real roller coaster. Who wudda thunk?

2013 web statistics

WordPress.com, my blogging software, tells me this about my web traffic in 2013:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 71,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 10 new posts, and the busiest day of the year was July 9th with 4,634 views. The most popular page that day was About.

Incidentally, that big day on 9 July was due to WordPress.com interviewing me on their main blog here:

A Blog-to-Book Success: Catching Up with WordPresser-Turned-Bestseller Jared Gulian

Top 3 posts published in 2013

  1. Will the real ‘Rick’ please stand up? – 26 March – 1,518 views
  2. TVNZ’s Breakfast visits the Moon – 7 July – 1,344 views
  3. Book launch media roundup – 23 June – 1,065 views

I should add that the most popular post of all remains my carrot cake recipe published in 2011. It got 10,253 views in 2013, which shows that recipe has staying power. Most of that traffic comes from Pinterest.

Top 5 commenters from 2013

  1. Maria
  2. RevAllyson
  3. Hayley
  4. Eda
  5. mrscarmichael
Moon Over Martinborough extra virgin olive oil next to a bottle of champagne

Moon and Moët – What more could you possibly need with a New Year’s Eve alfresco dinner?

Big thanks to all the fabulous commenters. I love comments.

And thank you very much to everyone who joined me on this crazy blog-to-book-to-bestseller journey this year. Your emails, Facebook messages, and letters have been incredibly kind. Here’s wishing you a great 2014 full of good health, love, and happiness.

Also a big thanks to Random House NZ and WordPress.com for being so fantastic.

Looking ahead to 2014, I plan to write heaps (mostly fiction) and just see what it brings me. I’m working on two fiction projects right now, and I’m having a lot of fun with both.

Where are you going to put your efforts in 2014, and what do you hope to accomplish?

20 thoughts on “2013 in review

  1. thecontentedcrafter

    I’ve missed your posts Jared! I enjoyed your book very much and am thrilled to read that you are working on more – how exciting!

    And thanks for asking :-) I finished this year by opening an Etsy Shop and have taken my first steps towards becoming a proper artist. This new year sees me resolved to work at that every day and stop just playing around! It’s an exciting time all round really!

    I wish you happiness and contentment in 2014 and much success with your first novel :-)

  2. Hayley

    Hahaha, I totally thought you wrote most attractive commentors, thanks Jarad, oh…… wait……..active. Maybe I had one glass of Rose more than I should have last night. Happy New Year to you and CJ, May this year bring health and happiness!

    1. Jared Post author

      I TOTALLY meant most attractive commenters, of course. Lots of happiness and health to you too. Thank you for the comments!

  3. Jana

    Got your book for Christmas. So excited to finally have my own copy. Congratulations on a fabulous 2013 and best wish reps for an even better 2014.

  4. Maria Gibbs

    Wow, if the Maria on that list is me, I’m SO excited!! I was kinda hoping to make the list! I’m so in love with the blog, the book, the olive oil, ALL OF IT! Keep it up Jared and CJ, you guys ROCK!!!😊❤️

  5. beth

    Happy New Year! I found your blog last year when I searched for the life of an expat in NZ and OZ. I subscribed and have been reading your posts eversince. Congrats on the book! Just want to say, keep writing!

  6. eclectic7377

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Jared! Just finished reading your book, and liked it very much. How I happened on your book is a bit of a story in itself! My partner and I are from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, currently travelling in NZ for six months. We were offered a house sitting opportunity in a Wellington suburb, and our host had a copy of your book on his shelf. Looked interesting to this farmed-raised kid, so started reading. Couldn’t put it down until I finished. Then searched out your blog and so happy to read about your 2013 successes! Well done! Now I have to find a bottle of your olive oil! Cheers!

  7. sugray

    New Year to you and CJ. I lent my book out to a neighbour, out in the wop wops of the Far North and it’s been months since I’ve seen it. I’ve asked for it back but haven’t seen it yet. Good luck on the next book and you were awesome on ‘Our Town’.

    1. Jared Post author

      Your neighbour has probably loaned it out again, and the book’s making the rounds around the Far North… How many people in the Far North and what’s the average time to read my book? Calculate that and you’ll know when your copy will return to you. :-)

        1. Jared Post author

          I know, I’m forgetting how to spell properly. And I sometimes find myself calling the garage a ‘GAIR-idge’ instead of a ‘ga-RAH-ge’. I’m a mess. :-)

  8. Eda

    Oh, man, it is soooooo cool that I made the commenters list! Congratulations on all your successes and best wishes that they keep coming. (The WordPress annual report is pretty cool, too.)

    1. Jared Post author

      Thanks so much, Eda. And best of luck with your continued Tokyo adventures! (And yes, I love that WordPress report. WordPress is great.)

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