2012 in review

January 1, 2013

Such is Life

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 34,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals!

Truth Alone Triumphs was the most popular post with 118 comments. On its busiest day, the peak traffic achieved, excluding spam, was 845 views.

Thank you, WordPress! All I want to add is a quote by Ernest Hemingway, “For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write  better than I can.”

And thank you, dear readers, from the bottom of my heart. Wishing a Happy, Serene and Pristine year Two Thousand and Thirteen to all my friends out there!

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I am just a watcher then. Sometimes I watch life. Sometimes I watch death. Many times I watch in between...

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48 Comments on “2012 in review”

  1. debajyoti Says:

    wishing you a fabulous new year!!


  2. meenakshi Says:

    May you attain even better heights in 2013! Wishing you a very happy new year!


  3. Amit Says:

    Wishing you a very happy new year Uma!


  4. Corinne Rodrigues Says:

    Happy New Year and here’s to more writing by you and page views aplenty! 🙂


  5. Akshay Kumar G Says:

    Some neat stats there, I wish your blog powers at least 20 Film Festivals this year. 😉

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year. 🙂


    • umashankar Says:

      Thank you, Akshay. Actually, I have slipped! Yet, I do look forward to your good wishes materializing into 20 Film Festivals this year. 😀 Wish the same to you too!


  6. Nomad Says:

    A very Happy New Year to you and your family! May the new year bring more wonderful writings and readers to this blog! 🙂


  7. Saru (@SaruSinghal) Says:

    I think, as a reader that most of the times what you write brings various emotions to the reader, be it a twist in the story or your rich vocabulary, everything is too good. It’s always a delight to read your blogs. If you ask me, I would say the story with Nina, which started with you admiring a painting in the living room and ending on the blast was the best. Sorry, I can’t recall the name. 😦

    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family 🙂


    • umashankar Says:

      Thank you for those kind words, Saru! I am thrilled to learn you liked The Evening that Killed. Different folks have appreciated different stories. As for me, they all come from my heart! 😀

      Wish a Very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!


  8. Jennwith2ns Says:

    Wow! Nice job, sir! Think you can get some of your readers to visit/comment on my blog once in a while? 🙂


    • umashankar Says:

      Thank you, madam! The traffic is yet not what it could have been. Wish the best to you! 🙂


      • Jennwith2ns Says:

        Well, it’s about 3 and a half times more than mine! And some of my top commenters don’t even blog (or read blogs) anymore.

        The best to you, too.


        • umashankar Says:

          Jenn, out here in India, many of my readers, especially the older folks, consider it a chore to switch on the computer. There are people who tell me they can’t read my posts because the young ones are not around to start the browser! We do get new visitors all the times but how many of them are good readers too? The trick is to keep their interests fired up. And therein lies the devil. Often they may have conflicting tastes, reducing the writer to the fate of the man who married one of his daughters to a gardener and the other one to a potter. When the gardener hankered for the rains the potter prayed for sunshine!

        • Jennwith2ns Says:

          Haha! Nice analogy. And yes, I feel your pain . . .

  9. Jay (@jksingh99) Says:

    Hi USP,

    Cool, that’s some stats I must say. I hope it carries forward into the New Year as well. 🙂
    Happy New Year to you.




  10. Jas Says:

    Wish you a very happy and wonderful New Year 🙂


  11. Jas Says:

    And btw I am impressed by the figures 🙂


  12. rajnisinha Says:

    happy New Year Umashankar ji


  13. Ghazala Hossain Says:

    Happy new year to you too 😀


  14. Fredy Davis Says:

    happy New Year Dear !!!!!!!!!! 🙂


  15. Arnab Maity Says:

    Loved the interpretation of the stats in your own style! Wish you another year of awesomeness!


  16. Panchali Says:

    Great scores you have there. Umashankar !! Wish you many more wonderful years of blogging…
    A very happy and a prosperous 2013!


  17. dnambiar11 Says:

    Here’s wishing you many more ‘film festivals.’ I hope at the end of 2013, we’ll be talking of ‘copies sold’ 😉 All the best USP. Have a fruitful year. Happy 2013!


  18. C. Suresh Says:

    A very Happy New year to you Uma! Those stats are indeed great going by my experience (Hvnt hit 845 views in any day including spam and even if I were tracking my own page views 🙂 ) but, yes, your writing deserves a lot more than that! Here is to hoping that 2013 gets you pageviews closer to what you deserve and a successful published author’s mantle to your shoulders as well!


    • umashankar Says:

      May God bless you for showering those blessings on me, Suresh! It means a world coming from an accomplished blogger like you. Wish a glorious New Year to you too!


  19. Giribala Says:

    Best wishes for the coming year!


  20. Personal Concerns Says:

    wishing u a wonderful 2013 and i really hope that the shower of your lovely words, ideas and stories grows in girth and force!!


  21. The Fool Says:

    Nice stats. These stats and the number of votes on your HC entry are indeed a testimonial of the love you have earned on the blog-o-sphere. Congrats and wish you a great year ahead.


    • umashankar Says:

      Thank you, TF. Folks have loved me by metric tons even though there have been concerted efforts to bring me down. My detractors have used every trick in the book -I have been attacked directly and by proxy and through moronic stooges; I have been maligned in forums public and private; I have been the bogeyman of wicked chain emails; But I not only keep existing; I am holding my own, One Grain Amongst the Storm!


  22. JayadevM Says:

    Hi Umashankar

    Fabulous stats … but that isn’t what your blog is about. Its about the amazing tales you spin and weave.

    845 views in a day … Wow! May 2013 take you to the 4-figure mark. You deserve so much more.

    I loved the analogy you shared with Jenn about the potter & the gardener. Yes, needs & perspectives of our readers are so diverse. We need to please all of them sometime.

    I looked forward to gripping tales from you in the year ahead … and that book you promised!

    Best wishes.


  23. jkhona Says:

    sorry Umaji, I have been away from quite sometime. But I would agree with Saru Singhal. That story was amazing. Keep writing and I would try to keep visiting page 🙂 🙂 🙂


  24. lbeth1950 Says:

    You are a wise and blessed man. I wish my father had valued me in this way. God has gifted your family.


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