2011 Blog Review

I got an email from wordpress.com giving me my 2011 year in blogging stats.

Crunchy numbers

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people.  This blog was viewed about 307,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 4 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 298 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,756 posts.

The busiest day of the year was April 6th with 2,376 views. The most popular post that day was Poblano Albondigas with Ancho Chile Soup.

I think that’s pretty good considering I don’t know how use social media at all to promote my blog.  Maybe that will be one of my goals in 2012?!

And it reminded me that I need to make this soup again!

Since my Mom spent Christmas at my brothers house, we ended up celebrating our Christmas yesterday at my Mom’s house with a brunch.  My twin sister and her family were there too.

My Momma and Hannah

Me and My Momma – I seriously need a hair cut – I think it looks like I have a mullet going on!

My sisters daughter Claire – who is 10. 😀

Then Jenn’s two boys with Hannah – I think this picture is funny – it kinda looks like Hannah’s head is photoshopped in!  Mark on the left is 13 and Paul is 15.  And Hannah is 19 if anyone cares. 😀

One of the coolest gifts my Mom gave me was a scrap book that has my geneology on my Mom’s side of the family.

Check it out . . . this is my great-great-great grandmother!

This is a picture of my Mom and grandma – taken in 1941 when my Mom was a year old.  The smell of fresh cut canteloupe and cinnamon toast always remind my of Grammy!

And here is my grandmpa – we called him Grandy – he’s in his early 20’s in this picture, so this is around 1934ish.

Thanks for such a great gift Momma!

So I don’t really have any concrete resolutions, other than to make the best of each day I have.  It seems like in years past I would say “by my March 19 birthday I want to be 145!”  I am going to make Dolvett’s (Biggest Loser trainer) mantra my mantra:

Hard Work!  Dedication!

Um, pretty sure he’s been successful with that mantra!

You can check out his facebook page here.

I am off work today – can I have a four day weekend every weekend??  I have to go to the fancy gym one last time, cancel it, and sign up for the new cheaper gym.  I also have to finish operation clothes in the basement – I gave my sister my size 14’s and Hannah went through her clothese too. Now I just have to organize them a bit better, and while I am at it, I may as well lay out all my clothes our for the week. 😀

I still have a lot of food in the house, so I may be coming up with meals with what I have on hand – I do know I am going to try making chicken apple breakfast sausage, and Hannah bought me a waffle iron for Christmas so I am going to play around with some blueberry waffle recipes.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  And thanks for taking time out of your day to read about my tiny corner of the world.  Hugs!


28 thoughts on “2011 Blog Review

  1. Happy New Year, Biz!!! Sounds like you guys had a great time…love the pics!

  2. Organization is at the top of our to do list here too! It’s been a lot of fun and partying but it’s time to get to work and whip this house into shape.

    Those pictures of your grandparents and mom are awesome. Sometimes I think everyone from back in those days were so photogenic, they always look good.

    The pictures of all the cousins are pretty cute as well.

    Congrats on your blog stats. Your great recipes, honesty and fun spirit are what bring people back. Happy New Year!

  3. Interesting stats on your blog. Happy New Year!

  4. First of all, I did not give you my permission to post my boyfriend’s photo on your blog! Or to steal my mantra!

    Second, your grandfather was a hottie.

    Third, Happy New Year! I think it’s going to be a great year for you Biz!

  5. Funny! My neighbor is starting a blog, and she was asking me how to get traffic. I said “I don’t really work on that, so I’m probably not the best person to ask!” I did give her tips to link on facebook, tell your friends, make comments on similar blogs. I also mentioned there are a few blogs that give better tips than that.

    I think you are doing great! I’m not so sure I want a lot of traffic. Too much pressure. I’d feel guilty if I slowed down too much on posting, which happens.

  6. Love the old photos!
    Looking forward to the chicken apple breakfast sausage – YUM!
    Happy New Year, Biz!!

  7. What a cool gift!!!!
    Happy 2012!!!

    P.S. Something special is coming your way 🙂

  8. Ha – I knew Helen was going to say something like that! I’m friends with Dolvett on FB too!

    It was great seeing you yesterday and I’ll help you with the social media!!

    Talk to you later

  9. The scrap book is awesome!

    Wishing you and your family a healthy & happy 2012!

  10. What a cool gift from your momma! It would be so cool to know what my great great great grandparents looked like.

    Here’s to a strong and healthy 2012, Biz!!!!

  11. Happy New Year Biz! This year, I mainly want to make healthier choices every day. Checking out your recipes is a great help towards that goal. Best wishes!

  12. Happy & Healthy New Year to you & your family, Biz! Thanks for brightening our days with your blog, and sharing your humor & great recipes! I hope 2012 is hospital-free for you & yours!

  13. yes! more 4 day weekends please. It makes the week so much more pleasant.

    Awesome about your blog stats, Biz! Your blog is one of my very favorites.

  14. Good for you! Sounds like it was a fantastic year for my bizzy kitchen 🙂 Glad you got to spend some time with your family- always so valuable.

  15. I’m so jealous you were off. I am pretty sure I have strep and I was definitely at work 😦 I love Dolvett’s mantra – Hard Work! Dedication!!!

    Congrats on another successful year of blogging, Biz! You get so many comments each day, I’m sure social media would make you BOOM!

  16. That is a very cool gift!

    Here is to a fantastic 2012. (looking forward to that sausage recipe!)

  17. What an amazing gift! My husband did something similar when we got married and traced the family geneology for my parents. They love it!

  18. Wow Biz, that’s some really sweet stats! 😀
    Love the family heirloom pictures…your Grandy was hot! 😉

  19. Can’t beat those stats! Love the scrap book, what a wonderful gift. 🙂
    Looking forward to all your great posts and recipes in the coming year!

  20. what an amazing book! i would love to know more about my ancestors, so cool! i like your new mantra, that really is what it takes. here’s to an amazing new year!!

  21. What an awesome gift!

    Happy New Year, I hope that 2012 is one of our best years yet!

  22. Happy New Year! I love looking at really old photos, so thanks for sharing yours. I could spend hours just going through old family pics.

  23. I loooove old photos… I have a few of my grandparents and my parents, and I really do want to get them framed and hung up in our new house… I’m the worst about hanging stuff up! 🙂

  24. I love that wordpress sends a year recap! So cool, and yes those are great stats! What a great gift that scrapbook was! Happy new year to you, Biz. 🙂

  25. Wow – your niece looks just like my niece in that picture – she is also 10! (going on 18!)
    I love looking at old pictures like these… I have an old album that practically crumbles in your hands when you touch it, but the photos are so interesting. Everyone was so serious too! I guess saying CHEESE wasn’t something they did back then… 😀

  26. Wow what a great gift from you Mom. I absolutely love old photos and learning about the genealogy of my family.

    You have a beautiful family Biz. Your daughter looks so much like you. And you all really do have great skin!

    Congratulations on the blog stats! Not surprising though, this is a great blog!!

  27. I love your blog review, you had a great year, and 2012 will only be better, I’m sure.

    I also love Dolvett…no hiding it 😉

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