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2013 In My Rear View Mirror

Getting the yearly statistics from WordPress is one of those little pleasures. How did the blog do? Did more people read it? What did they like? Who commented the most? Where did they come from?

Fun stuff. Trivial. But fun. This year my most read post (not counting how people come to the blog on the home page) was this one.

Replacing River Hill. With Turf Valley Towne Square. Why so popular? Simple. HOWCHOW linked to it.

bug man, caterpillars and turf valley 050

Last year, most people clicked here from hocoblogs and from howchow.

Except for the hundreds of people who came for number two in my list. The Tractor Supply Baby Chick people.

Oh, and next on the list. The hexbeam builders.

hexbeam and csa spring week two 066

Followed by a few of the amateur radio W3AO Field Day posts.

And, my reaction to losing Dennis Lane, our fellow blogger we lost tragically this past year.

It was interesting to see that my locavore posts weren’t the highest read. But, my pages on resources and farms got a fair amount of traffic.

As for comments, I have two very prolific commenters noted. Lora and Marcia. Marcia, Lora beat you out this year by just a few comments. I greatly enjoy what you add to the discussion.

A blog can be so many things to those who write it, and to those who read it. I still enjoy writing about my life in retirement. So, Happy New Year all! See you tomorrow.

With or without baby chicks.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

5 responses »

  1. Happy New Year! I’ve enjoyed following your work in 2013. Looking forward to 2014!

  2. Your locavore posts are the ones I have enjoyed the most! Thanks for blogging!

  3. I always enjoy your food posts. Happy New Year.

  4. Thank you for your engaging and informative blog. Howchow was how I found your site originally and I’ve enjoyed following it ever since. Hope you have a great New Year, I look forward to your future posts. Ps, I’ve been meaning to ask: frequently your crockpot photos seem to show a plastic bag inside, is that the case and if so, what brand(s) do you use?

    • Hi, thanks for the compliment!

      As for the liners, they are Reynolds Slow Cooker liners, made with a nylon resin. BPA free. I use them partially to make clean up easier. And, because again my ceramic pot is cracking and will have to be replaced. If I forget the liners, I end up with some liquid between the ceramic and the aluminum base.

      I am not happy that the ceramic has cracked. This is the second brand of slow cooker where I have cracks developing in the bottom.

      At least the liners keep the soups from seeping through.


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