On this first week of the New Year, I thought it would be nice to wrap things up with a little bit of summation of how the year went and what was trending here at the blog. 🙂 Won’t you join me for a little peek into what went on behind the scenes and what ended up being your favorite loomy things throughout the year of 2011?
(Note: all the following numbers may differ slightly from the WordPress Info I released on New Year’s Eve…I think this was because they gathered the info well before the actual end of 2011.)
- Total site views for 2011: 168,902! This is up 24% over last year, as compared with a 16% rise in site views from 2009 to 2010…Cool! 😀
- Most looked at page: Freebies with 51,131 views
- Most looked at post: Mitts for Megan with 3,616 views
- Most downloaded freebie pattern: Mittens, with 5,766 downloads
- Most purchased Peggin’ Pages Pattern at Artfire: Bethany’s Booties!
- Tied for the second highest purchased Pattern at Artfire: ‘lil Tykies & Chunky Slipper Socks!
- Most frequent commenters at the site: Jolene Utterback Torgler (57!!!), Jenny Stark (26!), Jeannette Pirkle (23!), Linda Jones and Kelly Jones are tied for fourth place (15!). Thank you so much to all of you for your extra support and encouragement over 2011… I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me in the day-to-day struggles over laziness vs. writing on the bloggie, lol! You are all so dear to my .
Over the last year, we have walked through many things together…
(Just click on the links to read the original posts about the subjects mentioned.)
You read about our field trip to the Madrona Fiber Festival and my eldest daughter, Emily’s first introduction to spinning. She has gone on to spin all kinds of different types of yarns, as well as trying her hand at dying them! She even started her own Etsy shop, TidBit Yarns!
You sent cyber hugs our way when we lost our kitty, Gus, after having him as part of our family for 14 years. You once again sent condolences after our Chester-Bunny of 8 years, followed our Gus so he wouldn’t be lonely. You waited with bated breath (lol!) over our
pain and series of antibiotics troubles with finding just the right kitty to join our family, and then gave us congratulations and celebrated with us over the addition of the official two new members of our family, kitty siblings adopted from the Humane Society: Penelope & Xander.
You got to see my youngest daughter, Megan’s talent be introduced for the first time on the world wide web… her Dailey Occurrences comic strips have been a big part of her life over the last couple of years. She has really be working hard to improve her art and ability to bring humor to life through them. I believe she is gearing towards her own online comic book site! 🙂 Too Cool!
You’ve seen new projects and crafty pursuits throughout all of 2011: (just click on the pics to go to the original posts which mention them)
…and last but definitely not least…
You walked with me, lent your ears and support during the efforts of designing, writing, editing, more writing, more editing, and finally releasing the book, Loom Knitting for Little People! From the first announcement of it’s theme, why I loom the way I do, the grand opening of the official Kickstarter Book Launch, the introduction of the involvement of KidKnits in the book, a little chat with me via video about the participation prizes and some of my favorite projects, to the final announcement that the book launch goal had been met! You waited patiently for your books and prizes to be delivered, despite the few little mishaps along the way.
What I haven’t shared with you yet is that through all of our efforts with the book and patterns at gettintipegged, we were able donate $820 to ShowHope.org to help care for orphans in need for 2011! That is awesome! Give yourselves a pat on the back, because YoU DiD GrEaT! 😀 It definitely couldn’t have been done without all of you! I have high hopes that the numbers will only increase for the year 2012. Keep spreading the word and it will grow. 🙂
Thank you so much for looking through the past twelve months with me. Boy, were they full! I can’t believe all those extra things were created while still knitting the projects for, writing and publishing a BOOK! This completely and absolutely amazes me! It took me looking back to see just how much was actually accomplished, and boy does it feel great! I am so privileged and honored to have walked the last year’s very full days right alongside all of you. You make me feel very hopeful going into 2012…hopeful that we can be inspired do even more to help others through our loom knitting craft, as well as bless those around us with love in every stitch.
Humbly and gratefully yours,