I am pretty sure 2011 has by far been the best year Good Books & Good Wine has EVER had. I mean, guys, I did SO much this year. I thought I would break it down for you.
I scheduled 402 posts not including any today. More than half of these posts were book reviews.
I posted 237 book reviews. March was my slowest book review month because of teaching a class on the weekends. BOO! My best review month was August with a grand total of 28 reviews. Awesome.
I had 15 contests, although I waited until March to do my first contest of 2011.
My stats have quadrupled from December 2010 to December 2011. Hard work, yo. And for some numbers for those of you who dig that kind of thing:
Good Books And Good Wine had 134,562 unique visits and 221, 442 page views in 2011, all verifiable by clicking site meter in sidebar. I went by site meter instead of the wordpress site stats because I find stat programs like the wordpress ones and the blogger ones to be inflated because they count spam views as well as self views. And google analytics while the best free program, doesn’t have a real time count for today so far. Also I just like having my site meter open for people to see, it is something I am very proud of.
I achieved a Google page rank of 5 which is very good for a book blog. You can get your page rank by clicking here.
I spent $87 on my wordpress theme Thesis which is SEO ready.
I also monetized in November and have made $293.68 via Blog Ads. I signed up for Google Ad Sense in December and have made $15 so far with them. Just fully disclosing because I like to have an open door policy with y’all.
I also bought a new header from Katie at KD Designs.
I became the Monday blogger for Interrobang YA.
I was a round one panelist for the MG Science Fiction Fantasy CYBILS awards category.
As for my 2011 Resolutions which you can see here, I pretty much failed them all.
My number one resolution was a big fat fail: Review books within one week of reading. Although I did not fail TOO hard as I only have 8 books on my need to write review pile as of today. And well, that number has been in the 30s. So, I am just simply human.
My second resolution was to stop being a slave to ARCs. Which okay, I actually did pretty well on. From January to November (I haven’t calculated December yet) I read 232 books, of those books, 130 were review copies which means that I read 102 NON-REVIEW books in that time, which is awesome. YAY for kind of accomplishing that goal.
My third resolution was to DNF, which I got pretty decent at, although there were some I just kept reading just to see what would happen. And some that I set aside and picked up later only to enjoy much more.
My fourth resolution was to be a kinder person which I definitely failed. I mean, okay I made some new friends. But I let my mouth run away with me and made a lot of impulse tweets and rants. So, no, I did not grow a filter this year.
My fifth resolution was to get off the couch and see the real world and work out. I did OKAY at this. I mean, I went to book signings and the gym, but that was all very sporadic.
My sixth resolution was to not ever look busted in a vlog which I mostly passed. There were maybe 3 which I wish I wore a paper bag over my head.
My final resolution from 2011 was to read more widely, which hey I read a few non fiction books and some romance, but for the most part I spectacularly failed. I think this is due in large part to the CYBILS which were AWESOME, but obviously heavily focused for me on middle grade and also because the world of YA is SO exciting right now that I want to be in on the ground floor of YA books, and so focus on them.
Stay tuned for my resolutions of 2012 and books read in 2011 posts tomorrow!