2014 in Review, and Many Thanks

Did any of you find these stats for your site surprising? 

My top 5 referring sites: I hadn’t realized anyone from Facebook—mostly friends back in OKC—came to my blog, but apparently it was my top referrer. Not quite understanding or believing that. Second came “buttons-for-website.com” and I have no idea what that is. Then, SelfAwarePatterns! And of course The Leather Library (Update: no longer exists), which I write for. Thanks so much Mike and Steven!

I also hadn’t realized that my holiday posts had been viewed more than others, but I guess it makes sense, being a broader topic. I did know that my Husserl post got the most comments, and for that I thank you all. I was surprised anyone even read that one, but now I know that y’all really do like your challenges.

I would also like to thank my top commenters…you’re the reason I’m still doing this:

Hariod Brawn

Mike Smith at SelfAwarePatterns

“Nannus” (Andreas Keller) at The Asifoscope

Linnet Moss

Michelle Joelle

There are a lot of you who comment on a regular basis and I want to thank you too—you know who you are.

I just realized something else. Most of you are either college professors/educators or involved in computers/IT. The same is true of my real life friends. This shouldn’t really be surprising, but I am sort of amazed by the IT connection since I’m about as computer illiterate as it is possible for someone my age to be.

Now I will stop before this gets as boring as the Academy Awards.

Happy New Year everyone!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 53 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

22 thoughts on “2014 in Review, and Many Thanks

  1. “Most of you are either college professors/educators or involved in computers/IT.”

    I seem to be simultaneously bucking the trend and lowering the tone here then, being as I am a college throw-out (not a drop-out mind, I was thrown out), and also completely illiterate as regards technology.

    Anyway, many congratulations on launching and piloting such an intelligent and amusing site Tina; you have a rare gift for combining unpretentious high-brow with an earthy and rich sense of humour – I love it.

    Happy New Year!


    • Such kind words, Hariod! That’s exactly what I’m trying to do.

      As for the college throw-out, now I’m intrigued. That sounds like a good story.

      I was a college dropout for a spell. I ended up going back after I realized what the real world was like, but the second time around I went to the oddest college I could find so that there might be some chance that I’d succeed. That strategy worked. It also helped that nearly everyone on campus was socially awkward or just plain obnoxious, so I didn’t make many friends—that gave me a lot of time to focus on my studies.

      You might have done well at Marlboro College. It’s damn near impossible to get thrown out there. One kid set off the fire alarms after smoking opium in the hallway of the dorm. He didn’t get thrown out for that. Then he got drunk one night and smashed all the mirrors in the bathroom. He didn’t get thrown out for that. Then he made bad grades or failed his writing requirement, and at that point he either dropped out or was kicked out. I’m not sure. And his case was not unusual. The college gave students a lot of freedom to misbehave. It didn’t matter what you did so long as you passed.


      • I signed up for sociology and computer programming but everyone was so dull I just hung out with the people in the arts department. Now they were really interesting; a wonderful combination of massive young egos, lots of psychotropic drugs, and everyone trying to outbid each other in the ‘pretentious twat’ stakes. If you were a people watcher, as I was, it seemed a whole lot more interesting than reading Erving Goffman and creating miles of paper tape with little holes punched in it – that was a computer program in those days. In the end, the principal of the college called me into his office and said that as I hadn’t attended a single lecture for three months then I had to leave. I agreed and promptly went back to the arts department for a further year or so where I continued just as before being accepted there as a sort of unregistered factotum.


        • Ah HA! Computer programming, you say? 🙂

          That’s hilarious that you continued without being noticed as unregistered.

          If you like watching massive young egos, people on drugs and pretentious twats, I know you would have enjoyed Marlboro! The entire campus was like this. I like to think of myself as an exception, but I was probably just as pretentious as the others (although at this point drugs were boring to me).


  2. I see close connections between computer science and philosophy (at least in my case).

    However that might be, a Happy New Year! (Or, as we say in German: “Guten Rutsch!”).

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  3. Well congrats! You’re a welcome addition to the blogsphere, that’s for sure!

    I also have referrals from buttons-for-website.com (and Facebook, and I’m not even on Facebook (okay, okay, anymore :\ )).

    Happy New Year, and may your next year of blogging be even more fun!

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  4. “Most of you are either college professors/educators or involved in computers/IT.” – I actually used to work in IT and Information Development. Double whammy!

    I’m glad that your Husserl post was up there in views, as it was quite a rich and interesting exploration. Congrats on a wonderful year!


  5. I really appreciate your blog and look forward to reading more entries in the future, as they are always interesting.

    The reason there are so many comments on the Husserl entry is because phenomenology is awesome. 🙂

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