Year-End Statistics, Award Trivia, and More ~ This is What Happens When a Cold Bug Plants a Blogger at the Computer for the Day

With disappointment, I look outside at the fresh layer of snow and sunny skies, knowing that cross-country skiing conditions would be lovely today . . . as I sit with stuffy head and achy body, struggling to open the darn childproof packaging of the Dayquil softgels, telling myself the holiday visit to New York City was worth the lousy cold/flu bug I picked up along the way.  I have decided that sitting at the computer is a perfect sedentary activity for the day, since doing laundry last night about wiped me out.  At least I can tackle one item on the year-end neverending organizational and decluttering list today . . . organizing digital photos. (I could sit at the computer for the next decade and probably still have digital photos to review and organize!)

While I was drafting this post, I read 3rdculturechildren’s post on statistics so have taken the liberty of adopting some of her format for my own post (just chalk it up to my stuffy head and runny nose, and forgive my lack of creativity!).  As the year draws to a close, I reflect back on my first four months of blogging, starting with that first post: “The Pecorino of Pienza” which was published on August 10, 2012.

Since then, my little Travel.Garden.Eat. blog has seen 8,383 views with 1,177 comments.  Visitors from 82 different countries have stopped by to take a look!

Map Showing Views by Country
Map Showing Views by Country

The top search terms that have brought people to my blog are:

devils tower 116
italianate architecture 19
raspberries 12
bentleyville 12
bentleyville duluth mn 2012 11

The top 10 posts by “views” for all time (since starting the blog in August) are:

Since commencement of this blog, the top 10 most-commented posts of all time are:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal 45
Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections 41
You Flatter Me, Blogger Friends! 41
Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful 39
About Kat B.’s Blog 39
Peaceful Sunday at the Feeder 37
Memories of the Lovable but Dimwitted Duo 35
“30 Days of Blessings, Condensed” Challenge 30
Weekly Photo Challenge: Big 30
Vivaldi and La Sainte-Chapelle: A Transcendental Travel Experience 28

I am grateful to each of you who take the time to comment, “like” and interact by replying to comments left on your own blogs.  The blogosphere is a fascinating, illuminating community, and I look forward to our continued interactions in 2013.

Speaking of illuminating, though, before I turn to decluttering the computer, I need to express my gratitude for a couple of award nominations for the Illuminating Blogger Award from Cancer in my Thirties and The Serenity Space.

Cancer in my Thirties writes a blog about her ongoing battle with aggressive breast cancer with reminders to enjoy the little things in life along the way.  Her posts often leave me reflecting on what is really important, and to remember to appreciate the moments along the journey of life, because we don’t know where or how long that path may go.

The Serenity Space reminds us to live a mindful life, and to continuing growing as we find or redefine ourselves throughout our lives.  She also posts some beautiful images from life in Queensland, Australia.  I encourage you to stop by both of these blogs when you have a chance, if you are not familiar with them.

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Because I am planted in a sedentary position for the day, I actually searched for the origins of this award and found this post from Food Stories Blog:  the Illuminating Blogger AwardFood Stories originally suggested the following response to an Illuminating Blogger nomination:

  1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
  2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
  3. The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site ( in their blog post.
  4. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
  5. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award. Many people indicate that they wish they could nominate more so please feel free to nominate all your favorites.
  6. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (

Hmmm, one random thing about myself  . . .  I love planning travel almost as much as the trip itself sometimes!  Researching the history of a destination, the cultural sights, hidden gems for dining and exploration, and insider’s tips for maneuvering the in-demand attractions.

My five “Illuminating Blogger” nominations go to some of my favorite illuminating and informative bloggers (although there are many more!):

  1. 3rdculturechildren ~ life of a globetrotting family of 5 in the U.S. foreign service
  2. The Choice ~ the N.Y. Times blog on college admissions and financial aid (essential for any parent and student in the midst of the college search process!)
  3. Peri’s Spice Ladle ~ for anyone interested in Indian cuisine and cooking
  4. The Green Study ~ the recent series of posts regarding volunteer work is a great way to kick off your 2013
  5. Backpacking Kids ~ her recent series discussing technology addiction in kids is thoughtful and well-done

I do believe it is time for another hot cup of tea.  Cheers and blog on!

Ciao! ~ Kat

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

After stepping away from the computer for most of the week, to enjoy a memorable Christmas in New York City with my family, it was a pleasure to take some time today to reflect back on the year.  Restricting myself to one photo a month was not easy, so I cannot say these are my “best” photos of the year, but they do provide a photographic snapshot of life in 2012!

“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”   ~ Charles Dickens

Click on any of the photos below to start a full-screen slide show, or hover the cursor over any of them for a brief description.

I look forward to catching up on everyone’s blogs and comments.  Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!

Ciao! ~ Kat

To participate in the Daily Post’s “Weekly Photo Challenge” and to see other responses to this week’s theme of “My 2012 in Pictures,” click here.