Annual Report 2013

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One of my favorite type of post to read on blogs are those that I call “annual reports”. Basically, statistics and interesting things from behind the scenes. I thought it’d be a good tradition for me to begin doing on my own website – to track the growth and change (along with the focus of the site itself, possibly) from year to year. And without further ado, here’s what I found the most interesting:

usage-28-dec-2013

  • 2012 – 5,744 unique visitors
  • 2013 – 22,530 unique visitors (292% growth)
  • 2012 – 181,137 hits
  • 2013 – 531,011 hits (193% growth)
  • 2012 – Top 10 countries that visited (in order): USA, China, Germany, Sweden, France, Ukraine, Spain, Russia, UK, and the Netherlands
  • 2013 – Top 10 countries that visited (in order): USA, China, Ukraine, France, Canada, Netherlands, Russia, UK, Finland, and Chile
  • 2012 – Most surprising countries to receive a visit from (aka the bottom 5 in visits): Djibouti, San Marino, Togo, Nicaragua, and the Bahamas (139 different countries)
  • 2013 – Most surprising countries to receive a visit from (aka the bottom 5 in visits): Djibouti (again!), San Marino, Ethiopia, Barbados, and Faroe Islands (163 different countries)

2012’s Most Popular Pages/Posts:

  1. Folio Society – Cicero, Orations (745 views, 6-Jun-2012)
  2. On Captions and Subtitles (739 views, 7-Jun-2012)
  3. Top 10 Fall 2012 Television Shows (596 views, 31-Aug-2012)
  4. On Unplugging (576 views, 07-Aug-2012)
  5. On Translation & The Little Prince (557 views, 08-Oct-2012)
  6. The Juniper Tree & Other Tales From Grimm (515 views, 01-Dec-2011)
  7. Folio Society – Coetzee, Disgrace (486 views, 01-Jun-2012)
  8. Sanctus – Simon Toyne (368 views, 16-May-2012)
  9. Ephemeral Pursuits Finally Goes Live (335 views, 14-Mar-2012)
  10. Divergent – Veronica Roth (324 views, 03-Aug-2011)

2013’s Most Popular Pages/Posts:

  1. Folio Society – Cicero, Orations (5,940 views, 6-Jun-2012) (NC)
  2. On Translation & The Little Prince (5,238 views, 08-Oct-2012) (Up 3)
  3. Field Notes (5,225 views, 08-Nov-2012) (UNR)
  4. The Lemon Orchard – Luanne Rice (3,875 views, 03-Aug-2013) (UNR)
  5. Searching for the Whale – (2,846 views, 20-Mar-2012) (UNR)
  6. Folio Society – Coetzee, Disgrace (2,638 views, 01-Jun-2012) (Up 1)
  7. Director’s Cut: Behind On Translation & The Little Prince (2,319 views, 11-Mar-2013) (UNR)
  8. Fall Television Preview 2013: Part 1 (1,701 views, 07-Aug-2013) (UNR)
  9. How Edith McGillcuddy Met R.L.S. – John Steinbeck (1,553 views, 28-May-2012) (UNR)
  10. The Help (2011) (1,399 views, 20-Apr-2013) (UNR)

2012’s Top 10 Search Phrases

  1. The Mentalist Poster (29 searches)
  2. Mentalist Poster (25 searches)
  3. The Mentalist Season 5 Poster (17 searches)
  4. ephemeralpursuits.com (14 searches)
  5. animal farm folio society (11 searches)
  6. 666 park avenue dvd cover (7 searches)
  7. the mentalist season 4 poster (7 searches)
  8. ephemeral pursuits (7 searches)
  9. mentalist season 5 poster (6 searches)
  10. the mentalist poster season 1 (5 searches)

Conclusion: I should be selling “The Mentalist” posters.
Special Bonus: Strangest search term that led them somewhere to my site – “candide shoots the monkey lovers representing black men picture” (3 searches!)

2013’s Top 10 Search Phrases

  1. ephemeralpursuitsbynicklong (70)
  2. best translation of the little prince (24)
  3. field notes brand (22)
  4. children s choice book club (20)
  5. moby dick arion press (18)
  6. arion press moby-dick (17)
  7. ephemeralpursuits.com (14)
  8. the little prince translation comparison (13)
  9. www.ephemeralpursuits.com (12)
  10. field notes notebooks (12)

Conclusion: Boost Field Notes Brand coverage, Children’s Choice Book Club information, and point people to The Arion Press and their fine press book offerings. Success! I’ve eliminated all the poster sales…
Special Bonus: Strangest search term that led them somewhere to my site – “golden spine children book with furry monster” and “chris t. adamson reviews“. Well these aren’t so strange. I can only help one of those fine folks searching for those things… and provide my guess for the first string: The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) (Little Golden Book) (Amazon link).

2012 Breakdown of Posts:

  • 14 Book reviews in 2012 (21 total, 2011-present)
  • 3 Movie reviews in 2012 (3 total, 2012-present)
  • 3 Essays in 2012 (3 total, 2012-present)
  • 24 total posts in 2012

2013 Breakdown of Posts:

  • 22 Book reviews in 2013 (43 total, 2011-present)
  • 11 Movie reviews in 2013 (14 total, 2012-present)
  • 2 Essays in 2013 (5 total, 2012-present)
  • 40 total posts in 2013 (counting this one)

I’ve fallen far short of my goal – which was to make at least 52 posts a year (once per week). Now I have an ambitious goal for 2014, especially since I’ve already added 16 posts in all of 2013 above what I did in 2012 (let’s overlook the fact that I only made 8 posts in the entirety of 2011, but 16 posts on top of 8 does equal the 24 posts I made in 2012, so it’s at least a consistent increase year to year. At that pace, I’ll make 56 posts in 2014).

Review Copies Received in 2013 (18):

I’ve begun recording the date I receive a review copy, so I can track the time it takes me to complete reading and then to post a review of that book.

Thus far I have received zero review copies of a film to review.

In 2013, I received the following items to review (non-book, non-movie):

I also found a few products that I’ll be reviewing at some point in 2014:

  • Mantry (food subscription box)
  • Birchbox (beauty products subscription box)
  • Field Notes notebooks & covers (expanded in detail) plus DDC ephemera
  • Palomino Blackwing 602 pencils

In short, 2013 was a fantastic year – and I expect 2014 to be even better, with more content across the various spectrums of my blog thus far. I’ll also create a few new “pages” that essentially list movies and books that will be reviewed at some point. I’ve found that my consumption speed outpaces my writing speed.

Cheers to all and a Happy New Year! Thanks for reading Ephemeral Pursuits!
-Nick

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