2012 in review

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 writeΒ  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!


  1. Some neat stats there, I wish your blog powers at least 20 Film Festivals this year. πŸ˜‰

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year. πŸ™‚

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

  2. A very Happy New Year to you and your family! May the new year bring more wonderful writings and readers to this blog! πŸ™‚

  3. 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 πŸ™‚

    1. 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! πŸ˜€

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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!

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

  5. 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 πŸ™‚ ) 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!

    1. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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