2013 In Review & Auld Lang Syne (Mairi Campbell)


I know I said I would see all of you in 2014 — and it may already be that in some parts of the world — but I wanted to share this post, compiled by the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys.  It’s the annual report for this blog and the data is fascinating — from a listing of the most popular posts to the most frequent commenters to the global location of commenters.

Not only do I thank the statisticians for keeping this info, but I also thank all of you — because without you, there would be no statistics to keep.

Following the stats are my plans for 2014 and one more tune to end the year.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Plans for 2014

I’m not one for resolutions — they don’t last very long — so I’ll stick with a to-do list.   Here are a few highlights:

  • I’m currently compiling the posts from this blog into a book.  My dilemma is which self-publishing platform to use.  It’s a bit overwhelming.  So far, I’m debating using Smashwords or publishing straight to Amazon, where a book could be distributed to Kindle or print-on-demand.  There’s also Blurb, which creates coffee table books.  If anyone out there as any experiences/opinions/ideas — I would love some guidance.
  • I was also nominated for a blogging award, and the acceptance post is on its way.  As with many of these awards, there’s a place for seven random facts about me — so if there’s anything you would like to know about me, please leave a question and I’ll choose some of those (or at least those that I can answer).

The Tune

Just when you thought I had exhausted the December with yule tunes, I had to share one more — one of the most beautiful renditions of “Auld Lang Syne” I’ve ever heard.  This is Mairi Campbell.

Happy New Year!

18 thoughts on “2013 In Review & Auld Lang Syne (Mairi Campbell)

  1. Oh! A chance to ask you a question! Do you have a practice, habit, or mantra that keeps you posting (observing, sharing, inventing, laughing, and inspiring)?

    Congratulations on your decision to compile a book. Your writing brings such a sense of courage, pleasure, consideration, and humor to your readers and weaves them into a web of community.

  2. A book! I love it…I wish I knew a little about those formats, but I am afraid I do not. I also want to publish a book at some point. Your photography alone is book worthy in my view..

    • Hi Alesia. Thanks for the encouragement. I’ll keep you posted on the journey. It should be interesting. So far, the most difficult part has been the name. Ugh!

    • Hi Maureen. Thanks for the encouragement. So far I’ve learned that the book writing process — even though I’m using three years’ worth of posts — is a tedious, nail-biting one.

  3. You have such a wonderful writing presence and your topics are rich, so I really do hope you find the best way to publish. I will tell you that I, for one among millions, do purchase so many Amazon singles. Amazon seems to do a good job of promoting, so that’s just more for you to ponder in the decision-making.

    I enjoyed your stats report. I guess it’s obvious that I follow very closely, Kevin. LOL! I do hope that you and Joe have a truly abundant new year. I am so glad we’ve met! 🙂

    • Dear Debra, the Queen of Commenters! I actually cannot thank you enough for all of your kind words and support. I enjoy reading your reactions, as well as visiting your own site. I’ll keep you posted on this book publishing journey. Happy New Year — and someday, I hope for a face-to-face meeting. 🙂

  4. I ALWAYS knew there was a book buried somewhere in that head of yours!!! I’m so glad – and looking forward to holding a copy in my hands. What can I say – although I don’t miss one ‘issue’ of your blog – I’m old-fashioned, and I still prefer being able to physically turn a page! Keep on writing and Happy New Year to you and Joe!

  5. Best wishes to you and yours for a very happy fruitful year ahead. Auld Lang Syne is a song I’ve always hated. Actually I don’t like New Years Eve for some reason I can’t fathom.

    • Hi Bridget. I think I can fathom why — because I’m also not a big fan of New Years Eve. First, there’s the pressure of having to do something — anything — for the evening, and I often feel as if I’m just killing time until the midnight hour. There’s also the issue of people who do a little too much celebrating. And there is the bit of sadness about a year that’s passing, about people we’ve lost, and about plans and goals that weren’t achieved. How fortunate that January 1 gives us a fresh start and new motivation. That being said, I do hope 2014 brings you happiness and health.

  6. Happy New Year, Kevin. I’ve never been a big fan of this song, but this rendition changed my mind; thanks for sharing it. For the book, you might want to also take a look at Lulu.com; if you’re going to include photos, their color reproduction is outstanding, and I think they may also have both print and e-book options.

    • Hi Jean — and a Happy New Year to you, as well. I’ve heard of Lulu and it’s one of the companies that’s on my homework assignment. I’m glad to get your feedback about the color reproduction. Be well and be warm!

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