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Drunken Monkeys??? January 1, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Gratitude, Humor.

monkeysThe WP Stats Helper Monkeys threw together some rather suspicious looking annual stats for SLTW and tossed them my way late last night.

Since the stats appear more wrong than right . . . I’m not going to post the entire report.

My guess?

Drunken monkeys tossed the automatically generated stats for SLTW into the blender while they were mixing up a vat-sized batch of margaritas!

No matter.

Here’s my own customized State of the Cyber Union Address for SLTW:

* 1518 posts total / 577 posts in 2011 (which means I blog WAY too much!)
* 147,192 hits / 94,536 visits in 2011 (that’s 259 visits per day . . . YAY!)
* 29,000 ACTUAL comments / 32,205 SPAM comments

Yup!  You read that right . . . Akismet caught MORE comments in the SPAM filter than the total number of posted comments on SLTW.

According to my Cyber Guru, that’s actually a “good thing.”  It means that the Search Engines know that SLTW is here . . . now.

The most viewed post this year? . . . We Are NOT The Labels We Wear (the very FIRST post posted on SLTW).

The post with the most comments? . . . Your Kids . . . Your Responsibility!  (113 comments).

Who left the most comments?

Drumroll, please . . .

The 5 most active commenters on SLTW in 2011:

  • 1 Paula Tohline Calhoun 389 comments (one-handed, no less!)
  • 2 Tilly Bud 367 comments (“laughing all the way”)
  • 3 Cindy 365 comments (an average of one per day . . . yay!)
  • 4 eof737 304 comments (despite hospitalization for pneumonia!)
  • 5 kateshrewsday 227 comments (Macauley’s baleful stares notwithstanding)

Thanks guys . . . you rock!!!

And thanks to each and every one of you who has added dimension to this blog since its inception in February 2010.

Tiggers-R-UsYour visits and insight filled comments transformed what would otherwise be barren cyber space into a place of warm community!

Here . . . have a cyber hug on me!

Aah . . . that’s better!  

Related posts:  Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics * Flying (Stats Helper) Monkeys

Everything you read in the [blogosphere] is absolutely true . . . except for the rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge. ~ Erwin Knoll



1. Piglet in Portugal - January 1, 2012

I think the monkies were more than drunk! I thought it was just me…but apparently not 🙂

577 posts in 2011 !!! Wow Congratulations! You write some great thought provoking posts!

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Nope. Not just you.

Tilly’s post pointed out numerous discrepancies between the reported stats she received and her actual stats:


And thanks! It’s exciting to write about things of import to me . . . happiness, joy, mindfulness, meditation, and chocolate. 😉

2. gitikapartington - January 1, 2012

happy new year
x x

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Thanks, gitika!

Hope you have a magical, mystical, miraculous year . . . as the path unfolds before you! 😀

3. suzicate - January 1, 2012

The monkeys were so drunk they skipped my regular blog and only did my poetry one…same as last year. Not sure what the monkeys deal is since the poetry blog is NOT primary…but congrats on the monkeys delivering stats to you! Looking forward to many more enlightening posts from you in 2012!

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Maybe you became unsubscribed from the reports? At the bottom of the report, it said:

Don’t want annual reports? You can unsubscribe by clicking here.

So it is a feature that we can turn on or off (but I’m not sure exactly where on the Dashboard you would look).

4. Piglet in Portugal - January 1, 2012

PS I am most impressed how you managed to list
The 5 most active commenters on SLTW in 2011: plus pictures. I’ve been trying to do exactly that on my Portuguese recipe page and I’ve got in a right pickle! Nothing will line up 😦

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

I cut and pasted that section from the report I received . . . so WP did the heavy lifting for me. 😀

If things aren’t lining up, you might click on the HTML editing button to see if there are some codes mucking about with the alignment.

Piglet in Portugal - January 1, 2012

Hi Nancy, that’s an idea I will check out their code…I always work in HTML
the bullet points may be the clue!

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Oh, I bet you’re right, PiP! Good luck.

5. viviankirkfield - January 1, 2012

Your amazing focus motivates me to continue writing…even when I think I don’t have the time.
Thanks, Nancy…for helping me to smile and think…and sometimes cry. 🙂
May the New Year be joyous and healthy for you and your family!
All the best,

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Thank you, Vivian. It might be “amazing focus” . . . or it might mean that I am prone to obsessive compulsive behavior . . . or that I don’t have a life . . . or both.

Probably both. 😉

Blogging is such FUN for me . . . it’s so wonderful to have a place to share our thoughts, smiles, and tears.

All the best to you in 2012!

6. Andra Watkins - January 1, 2012

I’m glad I’m not the only one who got those stats and said WWWWWWHAAAAAAAAA?????? Mine did not appear to be correct, either.

However one slices it, though, yours are awesome, Nancy, and well-deserved.

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Thanks, Andra!

When I started blogging, I had only one goal . . . to enjoy the journey and see where it led. That, I believe, has made all the difference.

When we don’t have a set destination in mind, we are able to enjoy all the lovely detours along the way ~ we can take all the time we want to ponder, wonder, wander, and meander about.

Thanks so much for sharing the journey with me. 😀

7. Sandra Bell Kirchman - January 1, 2012

How do you know your stats aren’t correct? I, in my WordPress innocence, accepted them as gospel. It didn’t dawn on me that they weren’t right.

In another vein, I am personally glad that I am making the trip into 2012 with all of you, i.e. Nancy and the folks who are following her. It’s a right all-embracing community. Here’s looking atcha! 😛

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Some of the numbers didn’t “add up” ~ the total number of posts in the report didn’t match the site stats on the dashboard, the “busiest” day of the year varied from the report to the dashboard, etc..

Not a big deal since I don’t blog “by the numbers,” but enough of a discrepancy that I didn’t feel like posting the report.

And I’m with you, Sandra. It’s the QUALITY of the experience that keeps me blogging, not the QUANTITY of posts, visitors, comments, or . . . SPAM!

8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - January 1, 2012

But I am the labels I wear. Oh I would need some help. This is great. I need to look mine up. Here’s to a productive 2012.

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

If we are what we do . . . who are we when we don’t?

I self-identified as “an attorney” while practicing law. When I stopped being a lawyer, I didn’t have a “label” to replace it for awhile. It made me feel “incomplete.”

And then I realize that I could set ALL the labels (sister, writer, daughter, painter, wife, cook, bottle washer, guitarist, beer drinker, chocolate lover, etc.) aside . . . and I would still BE exactly WHO I am.

What a relief! 😛

When we know WHO we are . . . we know HOW to live.

Here’s to a magical, mystical, and miraculous year!

9. barb19 - January 1, 2012

More and more of us are finding out that WP have got our stats wrong – but what the heck? It’s been a great ride and it’s given us the opportunity to meet some wonderful people along the way – and I’ve re-discovered myself!
Thanks for sharing your journey . . .

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Exactly, Barb!

If we’re blogging solely for bigger and better STATS, we’re missing the BEST of what blogging offers . . . CONNECTIONS.

Here’s to . . . being here now. 😀

10. Crowing Crone Joss - January 1, 2012

stats or no stats, yours is a wonderful blog that many many people appreciate. way to go!

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Thanks, Joss. Blogging creates wonderful cyber connections ~ expanding our reach . . . with friendships all around the globe.

11. flyinggma - January 1, 2012

Thanks for sharing your year in words Nancy. I haven’t had much time to comment but a few minutes here and there to read your posts. Always thought provoking. Blessings in the New Year.

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Thanks, Jeanne! Hope that you and Dean have the time to explore lots of interesting pathways in the coming year.

Take pictures. 😉

12. klrs09 - January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! I don’t often leave a comment, but I do check in from time to time and always enjoy your posts. Congrats on the stats! Very impressive. When I posted today it was my 219th post — man I have a ways to go before I can be in your league! Great job and keep ’em comin’!

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Thanks, klrs! Hope the New Year is off to a grand start for you. It will be FUN to see what’s waiting for us behind door #2012.

13. Life in the Boomer Lane - January 1, 2012

You are seriously prolific!

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

And sometimes I even say something. 😉

But only on Tuesdays.

14. spilledinkguy - January 1, 2012

I can’t even count that high (I run out of fingers around 80,000 or so).
A very happy New Year, Nancy – I’m looking forward to what you have in store for us in 2012! 🙂

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Thanks, SIG! I’m looking forward to what 2012 has in store for us . . . this time of year always reminds me that we never know what’s waiting for us around the very next bend.

Write on!

15. granny1947 - January 1, 2012

Good Morning NR…..those stats are very impressive.
Mine said I missed a 110 days of posting.
It sure didn’t feel like it.
Where are those missing days?

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

I would not have guessed that you missed anything like 110 days of posting. Maybe the missing days are due to differing time zones?

In any event, you entertained the lot of us for the full year . . . with wonderful photos and your unique sardonic humor.

I know you made me SMILE throughout the year! 😀

16. pix & kardz - January 1, 2012

congrats on enjoying blogging – and on making blogging enjoyable for the rest of us!
i agree with your take on blogging goals – just do it! 🙂

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Thanks, Kris. It’s FUN to take a quick glance over our shoulder now and then to see how far we’ve come . . . but we tend to enjoy the journey more if we don’t feel compelled to reach a pre-determined destination.

Write on!

17. SidevieW - January 1, 2012

Drunken Monketys? It’s always good to know who and with wjhat bias statistics have been gathered and reported 😉

I have no idea of my numbers, I just enjoy the people I meet

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

From the posts I’ve read today . . . it appears that some blogs received stat reports from WP and others didn’t.

Drunken monkeys are so unreliable! 😉

18. ceceliafutch - January 1, 2012

I never received a report. I would get my feelings hurt but it sounds like the monkeys may not be so accurate so I’ll figure out my own. Of course they will be a far cry from your stats. You rock! Here’s to a successful, joy filled, inspiring 2012 blogging year!

nrhatch - January 1, 2012

Thanks, Cecelia! Definitely do NOT let Drunken Monkeys hurt your feelings. 😉

Maybe the reports are being issued in batches . . . with more on the way? It’s a mystery.

I love that your found a way to “play” despite the rain today. Good luck with all your challenging challenges in 2012.

19. jannatwrites - January 2, 2012

That’s a lot of posts, Nancy! (And vistis and comments, too :))

It’s funny – you’ve done twice any many posts in 2011 than I have done since I first started my blog in March 2010! You’ve got lots to say and I like reading it, so I hope you keep it up in 2012!

P.S. You were one of my top commenters for 2011 and I really appreciate your support. Thank you 🙂

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

Thanks, Janna. I love your posts . . . thoughtful, funny (in an amusing way . . . not a queer way), and insightful. If I had started a blog at any other time in my life, I’m sure I would not have been nearly as prolific ~ too many other life demands competing for my attention. But, here, now, I have the time to write and so many things to share.

Write on!

20. ElizOF - January 2, 2012

Congratulations, Happy New Year and way to go girlfriend! yes, thank you for letting the naysayers know your home girl here didn’t abandon ship even with that pneumonia horror show. I will go back and add it to my On Blogging review as I called it a cold to cover up but I should ID it. TY!).. I look forward to another year of blogging love.Thank you for your support as you’re in my top five too @ #2! 🙂

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

It’s been a GRAND year in the cyber world, eh? Even if we’ve had a few setbacks along the way. Glad that you’re on the mend. Stay healthy and happy.

Write on!

21. Lian - January 2, 2012

Impressive numbers Nancy! And a happy new year to you 🙂 Hopefully 2012 will be equally impressive on the blogging part!

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

Thanks, Lian. This year, I wrote fewer posts . . . but made more connections. It’s been a FUN way to visit the four corners of the world, without having to going through TSA checkpoints at the airport. 😉

22. Team Oyeniyi - January 2, 2012

Oh, I am SO, SO lagging on the spam thing! 😆

Great report – very impressive numbers!

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

I received a funny SPAM comment today . . . telling me that they’d researched “the issue” and most people would agree with me. SPAMMERS are funny bunnies. 😉

Team Oyeniyi - January 2, 2012

My report wasn’t in agreeance with my stats page either but it really doesn’t matter. Our great followers are the most meaningful!

nrhatch - January 2, 2012


23. Alannah Murphy - January 2, 2012

Oh well, guess I should be happy I’m starting to get more spam then lol. I haven’t got any monkeys giving me a report yet..but I’m not too bothered, I check my stats all the time, the google searches are what amuse me most.

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

It sounds like the reports are being sent out in batches . . . with outdated stats. Google searches are amusing. One of the most frequent on SLTW is “Kumala Vista.” Go figure.

Alannah Murphy - January 3, 2012

The ones that never cease to amuse, are the ones that have googled if I am Peter Murphy’s daughter. It’s happened about 5 times now. Hilarious…

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

I don’t check my search terms often . . . but am often amused when I do.

Peter Murphy’s daughter might enjoy your blog . . . with its focus on Bauhaus. 😉

24. Tilly Bud - January 2, 2012

That’s what I love about blogging – it does feel like a real community, but without the backbiting. We bump into each other on different blogs; we say nice things about each other in comment sections and main posts; we return visits.

I love it!

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

More and more frequently, I see people I know in the comment threads on other blogs ~ an intricate spider web of cyber connections, indeed.

Write on!

25. Paula Tohline Calhoun - January 2, 2012

While I know I would still be happy and fulfilled if I had never started blogging, I nevertheless feel like the happiness that I enjoy is increased exponentially by my blogging experience! The fact that people (no matter how many or few) from all over the world have checked in at RFACM just thrills me, and I get even more pleasure from visiting back all those who leave their return address. What an adventure.

The blogging community is large and varied. There may be some bloggers who have not had the great experiences that I (and you and many others) have had makes me wonder how I got so lucky – but I’m not complaining! I feel as you do – our community rocks!

Thanks for all you have done to ease my way into this happy blogosphere. I am forever indebted and feel greatly blessed to be a part of your community. Haven’t our exchanges been enlightening and FUN?

Hard to believe – (no, it’s not 😳 ) – that I rank #1 in number of comments. I know I am chatty, verbose, loquacious, etc. Now I know that such a trait can at least win me such an honored spot in your stats! 😆

I believe as you do that the stats in and of themselves mean nothing, but they do serve as great blog fodder. I love writing. If I never had a visitor I would still write as often as I could. . .but it would not be as interesting, and it would certainly be “lonely.”

The happiest of new years to you and all your readers. What a year we had, and what a year we have to come! Ain’t NOW grand?

I wish you, always, the joy of enough. . .
XO Paula

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

Normally, when I click reply to a comment in the dashboard view . . . a small box opens up. But, just now, when I clicked “reply” to your loquacious comment . . . an enormous box appeared.

I guess WP figures that I should be able to keep up with you (especially since you’re typing with one hand tied behind your back). 😆

Stats show us where we’ve been and certainly serve as a motivating force, on occasion. But I’m glad that I don’t “blog for the numbers.” It’s the cyber connections we make that make this endeavor such a FUN way to spend time.

Happy NOW Year!

Paula Tohline Calhoun - January 2, 2012

I did not receive a separate “stats review” from WP. When did yours arrive? I have been reading my daily stats page for my info.

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

I received it on New Year’s Eve. If you go to your site stats (on your dashboard), you may see a link to the report just above “At A Glance.”

I noticed a new box there today that says:

Check out the fireworks you created on your 2011 Annual Report.

26. SammyDee - January 2, 2012

My stats were wrong too but I enjoyed reading them anyway. Mine aren’t anywhere near as impressive as yours but I’m glad I received it – brought a smile to my face even though it didn’t add up.

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

I’m delighted that WP sent out stat reports . . . to remind us to take a quick retrospective glance at how far we’ve come . . . before we proceed Onwards and Upwards.

Thanks for visiting, Sammy Dee. Enjoy every minute as the path unfolds before you.

27. kateshrewsday - January 2, 2012

Nancy, I am not in the least surprised that you attract so many visitors: you are always my lively, exuberant read of the day. I come whenever I can to read, because your words are built on a rock-solid world view, one which has always made sense to me; and you hold on to your principles while you let others have their say. Your run up to Christmas was such a treat. Thank you for a lovely year: I’m looking forward to the next one.

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

Thank you so much, Kate. 🙂

I definitely have a better sense of WHO I am and HOW I want to live than I did even a short decade ago. We live, love, laugh, and learn throughout our lives. Sharing what we’ve learned with others is a wonderful way to “give back” without diminishing our energy, our enthusiasm, and our inner light one iota.

We inspire ourselves to “keep on keeping on” when we inspire others.

Your posts are always such a delightful way to wonder, wander, and ponder the inter-relationships of life. Write on!

28. jeanne - January 2, 2012

Nancy, I am glad to hear that I have company in the questionable stats category…it is great to have access to the blog stats as it helps me stay the course. However, I am so glad that I have grown personally to the point that I no longer define myself as a blogger by my stats. Who’s kidding who here…I would love to experience the rush of 100+ visitors a day…2012 could be the year! Thanks for all of your support! You are always a bright spot in my comment box!

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

Thanks, Jeanne. I LOVE the ideas that you are planning to incorporate into your NOLA GIRL blog this year ~ your treasure hunting (and finding!) posts sound wonderful . . . as does your idea to write posts about things that have inspired you to step outside of your “comfort zone.”

On with the dance! Let JOY be unconfined. 😀

29. Tammy - January 2, 2012

577 posts? You are blogging goddess. That is truly amazing. I do one tenth of that and sometimes struggle. You deserve every single visit that you get Nancy. Happy New Year.

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

What can I say . . . I am a “chatty Cathy.” 😉

I find that I generally have more things to share than time to share them.

30. Androgoth - January 2, 2012

Happy New Year 2012 my friend 🙂


nrhatch - January 2, 2012

Hope 2012 exceeds your every expectation, Androgoth! Happy NOW Year.

31. 2e0mca - January 2, 2012

Mine were out by around 7 posts but the number of visits were about right. I’d guess they put the basics together 3-4 weeks back. I think they meant well even if the results were not particularly accurate. It’s an encouragement to improve 🙂

My plans for 2012 to appear soon after I’ve caught up with 2011! 😉

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

Oh, I agree, Martin. I love blogging on WP . . . best blogging platform I’ve ever visited.

32. Julie - January 2, 2012

Whether they are exactly right or not, those are some very impressive stats Nancy!

But the most important thing, selfishly, to me is that you write posts that make me think and make me care. So here’s to more of that in 2012! 🙂

nrhatch - January 2, 2012

Thanks, Julie. That’s the spirit! 😉

This is a B~I~G world with so many fascinating subjects to explore. It’s so FUN to have a forum within which to share our thoughts and insights.

33. LittleMissVix - January 3, 2012

great stats, you have a fab community here! Looking forward to reading more in 2012!

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Thanks, Vix. I agree. SLTW receives so much positive energy from its visitors . . . with very few casualties, collateral damange, or ruffled feathers. It’s a great forum for sharing and exploring concepts of interest.

34. Cindy - January 3, 2012

Great stats, keep the good posts coming and SLTW will continue from strength to strength *cheers*

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Thanks, Cin! Not sure which way the wind will blow on SLTW this year . . . but I expect to keep writing and exploring topics such as happiness, gratitude, and Gen Zen 101! _/!\_

35. earlybird - January 3, 2012

They were still drunk when they got to my annual report too!

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

When drunken monkeys muck about with stats, they tend to toss a monkey wrench into the mix. 😉

36. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - January 3, 2012

Glad you mentioned the stats were wrong. Mine were a good bit lower than my actual site stats on the site, like 8 percent or so. I was trying to reconcile the two and remembered your post. Nancy to the rescue.

nrhatch - January 3, 2012

Exactly, those Stats Helper Monkeys came close . . . but I shant give them a cigar! 😀

37. Tokeloshe - January 4, 2012

Well done!
Wow Blogger rock!
Best wishes for the New Year 😉

nrhatch - January 4, 2012

Thanks, Tok! Blogging has been ever so much FUN! “It’s a small world, after all.”

38. Perfecting Motherhood - January 5, 2012

Congratulations on a great year of blogging! Do you think you can beat your own stats in 2012? Only if you drink a lot of caffeine and don’t get out of your house much, I think.

nrhatch - January 5, 2012

Que Sera, Sera . . . whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que Sera, Sera

39. CMSmith - January 10, 2012

Congratulations on your excellent stats. Mine aren’t nearly so good, but then I wouldn’t know for sure because the drunken monkeys seem to have misplaced my report. I have yet to see it.

Oh well. I do it all for love.

nrhatch - January 10, 2012

It seems like the Drunken Monkeys were rather “scatter shot” in their approach. Some blogs received reports, others did not.

In any event . . . the stats on our stats pages seem more indicative of reality than the reports distributed. 😉

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