2012 Year In Review

Here we are at the end of 2012. It’s been a good year for the most part, so I thought I’d take a little time to review:

State of The Blog:

This was by far my most successful year blogging. In the past, it’s been rather spotty, but for the past 5-6 months I’ve been able to maintain a couple of posts a week with some consistency. 

When I started blogging regularly in June after “rebooting” my site in May, I averaged something around 30 visits monthly to the site. As of this month (December), my monthly page loads totaled over 1300 with about 1100 unique visits and 978 first time visitors. That’s 35 unique visits per day (more than my monthly total previously!). Hopefully that trend will continue as my aim is to provide useful information to as many people as possible. I’ve been both pleased and proud of my Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook series.

For those of you who think blogging = profit, let me assure you otherwise. As of this time, there hasn’t been a single cent in revenue from sharing this information with people. Maybe it could become self-sustaining eventually. Right now the only potential revenue stream is Amazon links. If you purchase an item after clicking on my link, you will still get the best Amazon deal possible, but I would potentially get 3% (I believe) credited to my burdensome Amazon habit. 

Jason’s Blog Top 10 Posts of the Year:

A User’s Review of YNAB 4

$10-20 Gifts You Should Consider Getting Your Guy For Christmas

How to Help Her Direct Sales Business Day-to-Day

Incentive Trips ROCK!

Gift Guide for your Guy – $5-10

Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook – Part 6 – Debunking The Pyramid Scheme Thing

$20-40 Gifts Your Guy Will Love for Christmas

The 7 Keys to Direct Sales Business Accountability

About Me – Jason Cox

Live It Up! Thirty-One Gifts National Conference 2012 Photo Gallery

Business Tax Basics (technically #11, but About Me isn’t a post!)

State of Social Media (for me):

One of my first blog posts was to commemorate my starting point: 33 twitter followers. Heheh. I still can’t get the Social Influence widget to update to any degree, but I’m now at 275 followers on twitter. 

I believe most of the followers there are from people I’ve followed, but I follow something like 660, so it’s not something to do in order to get people to follow back. For me, I just decided to follow twitter feeds that appeared to offer something of direct interest to me. Generally this means it’s someone in the realms of leadership/personal development, photoshop/photography, computing/technology, Christian living, blogging, conservative/libertarian thought leaders, or sports.

I have no idea how many of the 275 who follow me are “real people.” I’m not worried about it. It’s not something I pay for (nor would I ever).

My primary goal with Twitter is to continue to share things I find interesting (generally from the same categories mentioned above). Probably all the people on Facebook who are my “friends” will get tired of this and unfriend me. Hey, it’s a Win-Win!

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Personal Goals:

I spent more time with family this year and made it to more of the kids’ sporting events.

Sadly, I hardly spent any time with my tennis buddies playing tennis.

Our small group grew and we have such an awesome crew in our group! Such a blessing there!

Reading: 

According to Shelfari, I “read” 20 books this year (goal was 20). I’m not sure that’s accurate, but it’s as close as I’ve got, and I think I did a better job of recording it this year than in years past. While 20 books isn’t horrible, I think I’ll shoot for 24 next year.

I reviewed several of the books I read this past year. In the future that will continue to be a purpose of this blog – reviewing worthy books

In Closing:

I hope that you’ve all had an excellent year and have an even better 2013. If you get a chance, leave me some feedback on which of my posts were your favorites and why.

Happy New Year!

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