Since it has now become a custom for me… here is my look back at the last year. Lets start with the official part and see what WordPress.com was kind enough to create: Click here to see the complete report.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 85,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.
Those numbers are a bits of a mixed bag here. In total this meant a fall of about 11K visitors in 2013 compared to 2012. Which was no big surprise actually. I posted less than I did the year before, which I think is quiet natural when you spend between 50 and 60 hours a week at work plus at least 10 hours commuting. But the numbers also had a positive note. The most visits on a single day was November 3rd and that virtually annihilated the previous best (4th of July 2012). Plus November narrowly missed being the best month for this blog.
Again the most important thing for me was thou the readers! The number of followers saw a constant rise once again and for me this is a sign, that some of you find something interesting in my ramblings. Same goes for the constant rise in comments. It always amazes me, how many take an interest (especially since I have had times when I did not have the time to browse other blogs and comment so much). Thank you all a lot for this… you can not imagine how much this means to me!!!
But there are also some numbers that WordPress cannot know about, that I would like to share with you and that is what I did this past year. In total I build 10 river boards (yet unpublished on this blog), 4 buildings, painted 4 guns and 355 minis. All in 25/28mm. So on average I painted a little less than one mini a day and only 22 less than 2012. Given how much time I did spend at work and on the roads, how I concentrated on Sami from November on and that a lot of these were Napoleonic minis (real time drains), I was quiet surprised it ended up this way.
And just like last year, I would like to share some of my favourites with you once more:
What else did 2013 bring? Well as the kind reader of this blog will know. Sami joined our lives in October. And although he has given me some headaches (like the day he decided to swallow a mini) he has on aggregate been a huge enrichment to our lives.
In other news, I have also been made redundant at the end of the year. I have not found anything new yet. I realize, that in my field (I work as a corporate counsel… I guess now the number of followers will go down ;-)) I will never do with short working hours, but right now I am looking for something closer to home to face less of a commute. The other option we are looking into is a complete change of scenery. So I am also contemplating a move to the UK. So if any of you know a company which is looking for someone who can speak German and English, has a degree in German law and experience in international law… let me know!
So back to brighter topics… what is planned for the rest of 2014? Well I am planning to finish some projects this year. For one I want to paint my WWII Brits, do at least two complete factions for Warzone, paint at least another army for SAGA (either Normans or Saxons), get those pesky Tau for Warhammer out of the painting queue, plus paint some Napoleonics (preferably Russians). But the most important thing will be terrain. I feel that over the past three years, I have done far too little terrain and I want to catch up there. So a lot of time this year and especially during the summer, will be dedicated to terrain building. Now that I see it written out… that will be one nut to crack! Lets see how I will do! I hope you will all follow the progress!