With it being New Years Eve, I like to take the time to reflect on how my blog progressed over the year. Despite having Jetpack installed and running via WordPress, I still go through Google Analytics when pulling up this info, as it’s much more accurate. I will admit that I didn’t have high expectations this year as I had a lot of other stuff going on that distracted me from posting regularly, but I still wanted to take a look at some stats.
- My site had 83,749 unique visitors in 2013 (41,622 less than the 125,371 visits I had in 2012)
- 44,579 visitors were from the good ol’ U.S. of A, 5,767 came from across the pond in jolly old England, 5,408 visitors were our neighbors to the north, the came the French at 4,836 and the Germans at 3,493.
- The average user spent 32 seconds on each page view…not exactly great stuff. Though it’s an improvement over last year’s average view time of 31 seconds!
- Chrome continues to be the main browser of choice, with 31,355 people viewing my blog through it. Second are the sad iPeople, as 18,562 views came via Safari. 15,961 weirdos are still using Firefox and 9,608 dinosaurs used Internet Explorer (I’m looking at you, mom & dad)
- Google Analytics now tracks devices as well, so I could see that 60,665 people used their PCs, 26,305 used their phones and 6,189 used their tablets when viewing my site. I will say that my blog is very smartphone/tablet friendly for your viewing purposes when on the go.
- To go even further, Google Analytics even tracks each device. The top mobile device used to view my site was the iPhone, followed by the iPad, the iPod, and then the Samsung Galaxy S III. Not only am I surprised by this seeing how low in the totem pole Safari is, but I’m especially shocked to find that more people access my blog through their iPods than and Samsung phone. That doesn’t sound right to me at all.
Now that the nitty-gritty is over, here are the Top Ten most popular posts of the year. To make this more of a New Year’s thing, let’s do it count-down style instead: Read more
Upon moving to Charlotte, I quickly learned some of the “quirks” of the locals, particularly when it came to food. There were some really strange things people ate, but one of the strangest concepts was putting grape jelly on breakfast sandwiches. I idea of eating a fried chicken sandwich with grape jelly at 6:00AM was really foreign to me, and I couldn’t wrap my head around the very idea of it.
Today my time to try it finally came. We were brought breakfast at work today, which was piping hot from Bojangles. I had never been to a Bojangles yet, but down here the people swear by their chicken, biscuits and sweet tea. In the white paper bag was a varied selection of breakfast sandwiches, and I was being prompted by my co-workers to sink my teeth into my very first Bojangles biscuit. I convinced a co-worker to split a sausage biscuit with me, and after taking her half she passed me the dreaded packet of grape jelly. This was really happening…I was going to eat a sausage biscuit smeared with grape jelly.
Shell is a health-nut, and while she hasn’t succeeded in weening me off the ol’ steak and ribs, she has opened my eyes to other stuff. She made me start thinking more about what I eat, and I have been making conscious decisions in what I partake of each day. I’ve opened my mind (and stomach) to foods and veggies I would never have eaten before meeting her and I’ve taken a more active approach to improving my quality of life.
So why am I telling you this? Why, to pimp out her new blog of course! It’s called Simply Pure Living and she’s posting about how to live a healthier, more natural life-style. She tries to avoid the processed foods and evil chemicals as much as possible, and has researched how to replicate these same foods and products at home. Why purchase a bottle of Resolve from a company that dunks little puppies and bunnies into a vat of their product in order to test it when you can make a similar solution at home? Why spent expensive supermarket prices for almond milk when you can soak your own almonds to get that delicious beverage? Plus you’ll get my homemade vegetarian chili recipe!
If you’re interested in checking out simple ways to improve your life, give her blog a glance and bone up on some easy ways to be healthier.
Check it out here!
Now I know that soda is nothing more than a sugary beverage I should not be drinking. Despite my common sense, I get a craving for the sweet stuff every once in a while. My soft drink of choice is root beer, and when I see a “microbrew” root beer I get pretty darn tempted. Add in the fact that the soda is made less than twenty minutes from my apartment and you have something that I can’t pass up. Enter Uncle Scott’s Root Beer.
Uncle Scott’s is made in Mooresville, NC, which is just a tad bit north of me. I first became aware of the company just today, when we were checking out the local Healthy Home Market in Davidson. I was perusing the beverage aisle and noticed a huge sign next to the bottle of root beer proclaiming “locally made.” When I saw it was indeed made nearby I couldn’t pass up on supporting a local small business…as well as my soda craving! So just how is the stuff? Read more
It’s no secret that I am not a fan of pro-football, or any sport that is not hockey related for that matter. I just find the constant downtime and barrage of commercial breaks annoying, and the sport itself is simply not entertaining to me. So what’s a football hater to do on Super Bowl Sunday? Here’s what I did:
- Played Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
- Ate french toast
- Played more Transformers Read more