And what a year it has been…I’m not very good at checking the stats of my blog or trying to analyze the endless analytics that are available. To make it easier for technophobes like myself WordPress sends out a year end summary and I wanted to share some statistics with you. 22,000 people visited Urbanfoodguy this year which is an average of 1,833 per month. Out of all these people, only 5, yes 5 people actually comment with any regularity. Maybe someone could leave me a comment letting me know what I can do to change that! The most popular post was the Flying Turkish Airways Comfort Class one, in part because Turkish airways saw the tweet about it and retweeted which cause a flurry of activity. Which probably accounts for why I have 398 readers in Turkey, and oddly 3 in Syria and a whopping 92 in Saudi Arabia, which is most perplexing to me, but I am glad this left-wing homo foodie is being read there. Then there is Germany with 968 visitors, I wonder if that is just my friend Keith and his daily reading of the blog or if there are actually other Germans checking in? I also wonder if my travels don’t help to increase readership, explain why there were 696 visits this year from people in Greece.
Where ever you are from I am so appreciative and glad that you have stopped in and maybe checked out a recipe or read a little bit about my travels. I would love to hear from your, where ever you are, and know what it is you would like to see more of here on Urbanfoodguy. This blog is something that started as a kind of therapy when my business closed and has become over the years a kind of business of its own (a mostly non-paying business) though lots of good things have come from it, I get media hotel rates, thank you to the Kimpton hotel group for always being so generous, and I will be part of a cook book this year and a few weeks back took part in my first public speaking experience. One step at a time.I do see very clearly that the posts that are the most viewed are about food….recipes mostly, the politics, street art, market tours of far-off places fair less well. At the end of the day I am OK with that as I think the diversity of the site is part of what makes it interesting. Millions of very popular food sites just do food, I set out to write about food in an Urban environment and how our food choices impact the environment and how by supporting farmers, growing some of our own food and generally being conscious of our food choices we can make the world a better place. Of course that results in me ranting on about GMO’s and Monsanto a lot, but hey knowledge is power, right?
Thanks again for stopping by, it is greatly appreciated, have a happy healthy fun festive food filled New Year and I hope to see you all back in 2014. Scattered through out this post are some of my favorite food highlights from the year…most of them from Mexico…Bon Appetite!