Every year I try to do a look back over what’s happened with the site in the past 12 months and just about a year ago I said:
“If 2011 is half as fun or productive, it shall go down as a win.”
Before I even bring out the numbers, let’s make it official: Total win, hands down, amazing year.
And here are the numbers, as accurate as I can share anyhow:
- 300 new posts which brings the total to just shy of 1900 posts.
- 1,070k+ visits. Do you see that? Over 1 million people have seen Home-Ec 101 in 2011. This blows my mind
- 1,778k+ pageviews Another crazy number.
That’s right around 139% growth. (And unlike most reports, I’m sharing the numbers so you have a concept of scale, but that’s a soapbox I won’t climb on right now)
So on numbers alone 2011 was better than I dared hope.
Events related to Home-Ec 101 and blogging in general:
Home-Ec 101 Skills for Everyday Living came out in late March and then, in November, on one of my best days ever, I was notified that Amazon listed it as one on Home & Garden’s Best of 2011.
In 2011 I spoke in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, NYC, LA, Nashville, Miami (ok it was Palm Beach Gardens), Atlanta, and Asheville. Many, many thanks go to Aliza Sherman and Danielle Smith for including me in part of their MOM, Incorporated book tour, they are both amazing role models and I appreciate their friendship. To those of you who knew me way back when, in college and *gasp* high school, yeah, I’m just as surprised as you. Topics ranged from blogging how-tos and advice to how life skills are a tool for empowerment.
Ready for the 2011 rundown of the best of Home-Ec 101? (I have altered some of the titles as on a blog, it’s always a work in progress)
A reader wrote in to say: I Am Overwhelmed
This month we learned that bleach spots can appear from a wide variety of sources in What Causes Bleach Spots
We also talked about Emergency Preparedness after the Japanese Quake
and we can’t forget this recipe for Country Fried Steak
oh and Shrimp Quesadillas? YUM!
and Vera began contributing posts with How to be a Fabulous Knitter / Crocheter – Introduction
I was apparently on a big grilling kick:
- How to Grill: Bacon, Buffalo Wings, Meatloaf, Foil Vegetable Packets, Grilled Burritos, and Bratburgers
- Brian stepped up the grill with How to Grill Fruit and Fish
I got to do my first cooking event with Cooking With the Troops and my life would never be the same.
Chipotle Mayonnaise (I really should have eaten before writing this post)
A reader wrote in to say she was Feeling Desperate (and for those who didn’t see the updates, she is doing much better, hurray for happy endings!)
I also had the very fun opportunity to travel to Chicago and attend Butterball’s Turkey University.
I had an amazing opportunity to visit NYC with CWtT and be part of the NASDAQ Veteran’s Day Event. (I’m sure some of you are more than tired of hearing me talk about it)
Bobbie shared her recipe for Homemade Substitute for Condensed Cream of Something Soup
And can I just say Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Cornbread Dressing?
And that brings us to December:
A reader felt she was Taken for Granted and wanted advice on getting teens to help around the house.
I also decided to have a little fun and dust off the Sunday Confessional.
And as we head into the new year, why not make a pot of Sue Polinsky’s No Tomato Chili, you won’t regret it.
Thank you all for being a part of Home-Ec 101 in 2011. Thank you for your emails, phone calls, and random texts of support and encouragement. I cannot wait to see what is in store for 2012. Hang on, I think it’s going to be fun!
Happy New Year to all of you!