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Modular 4 KC, WordPress 2010 in Review.

Last year, I had a goal to post at least one new thing a day on my blog. I hit that goal and on some days I was able to surpass it. This morning while checking email, I got an email from the folks at WordPress telling me how my blog fared over the last 365 days. The numbers are below. What I think is really fun, are the things that were my top posts for 2010, especially since the biggest hits came for things I posted in December of 2009.

Thanks to everyone that visited my blog and look for more over the coming year.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 78,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 450 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 631 posts.

The busiest day of the year was December 7th with 1890 views. The most popular post that day was Alfred Preis Architect, USS Arizona Memorial.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, google.com, en.wordpress.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mercedes logo, office design, uss arizona memorial, uss arizona, and max huber.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Alfred Preis Architect, USS Arizona Memorial December 2009

2

Some of the Best in Design for 2009 December 2009
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3

Design Friday. iPad Cases for Your Shiny New Toy. April 2010
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4

Porsche Racing Posters, and Max Huber January 2010

5

Mercedes-Benz Social Media Plans for the A-Class. April 2010
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The Package Project. Social Networking the Old Fashioned Way.

In the last 5 years we have seen an explosion of Social Networking and Micro Blogging sites. We utilize them to keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues, and the occasional random individual. People spend countless hours interacting with these sites, and what is very clear is, social networking in many ways is about the time invested. While these sites offer instant and almost addictive communication with large groups of people, there are some that miss the older forms of social interaction. In a world where a Flash animation, or a 140 character comment about a birthday, or other important event, there can be a certain lack of sincerity in the sentiment or the time it took to post it.

This is where the folks at the Package Project comes in. Package Projects goal is to build a physical network of interactions by sending creative, hand crafted, colorful packages to other bloggers around the world.

“The Package Project is an exchange aimed to connect bloggers around the world and to grow the blogging community even further. It is all about swapping pretty packages and handmade delights. The packaging only makes the exchange more fun so get creative…strings, manila tags and ribbons galore.”

If you participate in the Package Project you learn about your blogging partners through the creativity of the package they send. And the anticipation that is created through the process helps to build more meaningful interactions due to the time taken to hand craft your package.

Like online Social Networking the Package Project is also about the time invested, but unlike online Social Networking, the Package Project offers a slightly higher level of sincerity based on the time that is spent in creating something by hand. I find  the Package Project to be very interesting, and it makes me wonder if this marks a beginning to a possible Social Networking backlash. It’ll be interesting to see  what this leads to and how successful it ends up being.