2014 in review

Each year, Word Press sends out an end-of-the-year report on blog activity.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 210,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see it.

How did they find you?

Where did they come from?

141 countries in all!

These were your 5 most active commenters:

  • 1 Yahtzee 3393 comments
  • 2 yahtzeebutterfly 3263 comments
  • 3 mindyme62 1017 comments
  • 4 crazy1946 568 comments
  • 5 racerrodig 474 comments

Thanks to everyone!!

Here’s wishing everyone a healthy New Year where all of your goals shall be achieved.

Let’s review 2014.  What was the good, the bad, and the ugly for this year? What would you like to see happen in 2015?

 

Posted on 12/30/2014, in Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 54 Comments.

  1. Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency has confirmed that debris and bodies found floating off the Borneo coast are from the aircraft, which went missing early Sunday amid stormy weather. The Indonesian navy says that about 40 bodies have been recovered so far, of the 162 people on the flight.

    http://theweek.com/speedreads/index/274274/speedreads-debris-bodies-from-airasia-flight-found-in-java-sea

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    • I think they will find the wreckage of AirAsia fairly quickly. First they had radar coverage of the area where the jet disappeared and then the Java Sea is considered shallow (80-150 feet deep). Recovering the jet and it’s black boxes should be fairly easy vs AirFrance 447. The only thing going against them is the weather during this time of the year.

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  2. Congrats!! Well done & very much deserved!! Happy New Year … hugs sweet friend!!

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  3. Congratulations and thanks to your support and the support of your followers I too had a great first year!

    Happy New Year everyone!

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  4. You deserve the fireworks! Congratulations and best wishes for the New Year.

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    • Micheline,
      Happy New Year. May the coming year provide you with better days physically. ((((Hugs))))

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      • Thank you very much. By and large, I can work my way around chronic fatigue syndrome but the last few months have been a genuine challenge. It will pass. I thank you for your good wishes. Hugs.
        Micheline

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  5. Congratulations Xena! Keep up the great informative work!

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    • Caleb,
      Thanks. I was just thinking about you earlier today. I so admire the time and work you put into your blog. Happy new year, dear friend.

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      • Thank you Xena! Unfortunately I haven’t had nearly enough time to be putting new material on my blog because of my new job, but I thank you for always returning and being so supportive. Here’s to 2015!

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  6. Congratulations & Thank you.

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    • Pat! Pat! Pat! Is it really you? Is it really, really, really, you? I’ve been so ill that I’ve not caught up on Twitter and I miss seeing your beautiful spirit. Happy new year, dear friend.

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  7. Good for you Xena!
    Well deserved! : )
    The good bad and ugly? The good is I never make resolutions.
    Too much pressure. : )
    The bad, we’ve seen way too much of police power and the hope is that will change.
    In 2015 start firing the ones that shouldn’t be an officer and are in it for the wrong reason.
    We have way too many good ones that would like to see that happen also, so that they can do their job right.
    I think Bob Dylan and many others sing and write songs about peace and it may just be a dream but, I will never stop dreaming!
    Too many people out there with guns, not for protection, but because they feel insecure with themselves. They DON’T need them!
    No more wars!
    OK, that’s what I would like to see in 2015.
    It CAN happen!! : )
    HAPPY NEW YEAR and thanks wordpress and Xena,
    Xena helps keep me sane!!

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    • Lolypop,
      We are kindred spirits. I’ve neither ever given up on the dream of peace. Agree — we need gun control and people in law enforcement that we can trust and not be afraid of.

      May you and your family have a happy new year. Love you.

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  8. butterflydreamer2

    Happy New Year to All

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  9. dayum! it’s a new year already? I just got used to 2014!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR X!
    and everyone else too! here’s to 2015, a great time for a New Years Revolution!

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  10. That is an absolutely amazing result… so very well done!

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    • Hey Kev! Thanks, but all I do is write. It’s because of the participation of others that those stats are what they are. Have a safe and happy New Year!

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  11. yahtzeebutterfly

    The brother of “What’sHisName” just did an interview with the Washington Times attempting to make “What’sHisName” look good.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/31/robert-zimmerman-george-coming-out-gay-and-brother/?page=1

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    • LOL! It’s funny that the Washington Times would re-hash an article first published in July 2013. They haven’t learned that George revealed himself to the public on his non-emergency call. People can remember different portions, or all of that call, but a most significant part that most people do remember is:
      “Are you following him?”
      “Yeah.”
      “Okay. We don’t need you to do that.”

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  12. yahtzeebutterfly

    Happy New Year to ALL of you! 🙂

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  13. yahtzeebutterfly

    deray mckesson @deray · 2h 2 hours ago
    Candlelight vigil. We remember the fallen.

    deray mckesson @deray · 2h 2 hours ago
    Listening to him sing Sam Cooke’s Change Gonna Come at this vigil is heartbreaking. Heartbreaking. America has to be better than this.

    deray mckesson @deray · 2h 2 hours ago
    Reading of the names. 150 names. We remember.

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  14. yahtzeebutterfly

    NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu’s wake is today and his funeral is tomorrow

    My prayers and supportive thoughts are with the family of Officer Wenjian Liu today.

    He was a man of great kindness. Excerpt from this article link:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/exclusive-slain-nypd-wenjian-liu-father-remembers-son-article-1.2062542

    Officer Wenjian Liu — even before he had a badge pinned to his chest — was kind to strangers simply because that’s what he thought he was supposed to do.

    The Daily News got an exclusive look inside the Liu family home in Brooklyn on Wednesday, as the slain cop’s father recalled the kindness of his only child. The grieving dad’s voice quivered on the brink of tears, as he recounted cherished memories.

    “In Chinatown, (on) Bowery St., there was an elderly woman. At the time, (my son) was standing there talking to a friend,” said Liu’s father, Wei Tang Liu, 63. “He saw the elderly woman unable to walk across, so my son went to help her. He came back to his friend and his friend said, ‘Oh, how come you’re so nice?’ And he said, ‘I’m supposed to do this.’ ”

    “My son is a very good boy,” he said. “Very respectful . . . always help people.”

    Liu always wanted to be a cop, even when he was a teenager, his father said.

    “Right after 9/11, he put his full energy into becoming a police officer to help people in the community,” his dad said, adding that throughout the grueling police exams and long shifts, Liu never forgot about his family.

    “I used to work in a factory and he’d always call and say ‘Would you like me to stop by and help you there?’ ”

    “When (his mother and I) are sick, the first thing he does is to bring us to see a doctor,” he said.

    I am filled with great sadness that Wenjian Liu was so horrifically shot and killed.
    Heartbreaking.

    May you rest in peace Wenjian Liu.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Correction:

      His wake is Saturday and his funeral, Sunday.

      Liu will be mourned at a wake Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Aievoli Funeral Home in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, before the funeral at the same location the next day.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Full Video of Officer Wenjian Liu’s funeral:

      (Administrator’s note: It would be more appropriate if posted on the latest thread.)

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        This is a gentler place for the video.

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        • Yahtzeebutterfly,
          This thread is about the Word Press annual review for this blog. People are more likely to want to discuss the subject of the cop killed and share their condolences there, than here.

          If you are of the impression that showing compassion for a police officer killed is not appropriate on a thread that addresses and challenges that we do not believe that all cops are bad, then I am sorry. The most recent thread is the subject in which the officer’s funeral should be posted.

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  15. yahtzeebutterfly

    Happy 2015 🙂

    Video:
    http://ktla.com/2014/12/31/meet-the-2015-rose-queen-madison-triplett/

    Meet Madison Triplett, the Rose Queen for 2015 Tournament of Roses.

    The 17-year-old plans to attend college and major in economics. In addition to her goal of one day being a CFO, Triplett also wants to start a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating minorities on financial literacy. Mark Kriski reports for the KTLA 5 News.

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  16. yahtzeebutterfly

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  17. Aren’t these reports fun to get? Another year spent blogging! Happy 2015 and I guess one of our resolutions will be to continue doing this 🙂

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    • Eurobrat, time flies! 🙂 It seemed like yesterday when I wrote the first article here. That was in September 2012. And the beat goes on ….. 🙂

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      • Wow, two years…sounds like you and I started about the same time! And we’re both still here 🙂

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        • Eurobrat,
          Great minds think alike. 🙂 We opened Blackbutterfly7 in August 2012, but I took several weeks becoming familiar with the software before publishing anything. Word press offers lots in the programming, and I’m still learning.

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          • I still get confused by the wordpress format sometimes! Forget “great”, I’ll settle for a semi-functioning mind 🙂

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            • Well Eurobrat, Word Press is known for making changes. The moment I get accustomed to using one thing, they change it. LOL! The last change they made to the box for writing really slows me down.

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            • Not liking this comment for WordPress being complicated, just “liking” because someone else is having the same problems as I am and we can commiserate 😉

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            • Overall, I eventually get used to the changes, but the one they made to the text box still slows me down. We could also use a feature that denies following to those who follow in bad-faith. I have 2 of them — down from 3.

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            • Wouldn’t that be nice? But that would probably need to go with a mind and intention-reading machine of some sort, which we don’t yet have.

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            • Eurobrat,
              They could just give us a button so when a person follows in bad-faith, we can click it to “unfollow.” The thing is, anyone and everyone can read, but using the widgets such as “My Community” means that followers can appear unless the options are changed. I changed the options so that only those clicking like or posting comments appear in My Community. That was to keep the gravatar of a member of the cyber-extortionist gang from appearing in My Community as part of their lying agenda. She hasn’t launched that widget on her own blog.

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            • Okay, I see what you mean and I agree. We should definitely have control over who follows our blogs. There’s no reason why you should have to deal with a**holes following your blog because they want to do harm to you :/

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  18. Congrats!!! Xena …well deserved

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