Year 1: In Review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times since May 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 69 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 594 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 435mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was August 16th with 319 views. The most popular post that day was The Smokies In August.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for exped air pillow, singer simple 2263, white box stove, lowa renegade gtx mid, and stick’s blog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Smokies In August August 2010


Jag Bag Silk Liners June 2010


OES 8 x 10 Flat Tarp May 2010


10 Essentials May 2010


AT Thru-Hike Gear List (In Progress) May 2010

I would like to say thanks to everyone that visited my site and to those that have left comments. As well, I would like to thank all of the other bloggers out there that have included my links on their own blogs. It is very cool, the little world of its own between bloggers.

I have enjoyed spending time on my blog, and it kind of gets me motivated at times. It is tough for me to get out as much as I like, but I still try to get out there as much as possible, yes, even if it is in my own back yard. (I am actually thankful for my back yard, my last place didn’t really have one!)

I am excited that my blog did as well as it did last year, and I hope that I can improve it this year. I will strive to continue with gear reviews as well as trip reports. And also, to improve my writing skills. 🙂

So, thanks again to everyone for a great year, and looking forward to seeing you in the new year (even on the trail)!

Happy New Year!

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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5 Responses to Year 1: In Review

  1. kytrailnotes says:

    Nice work! We started a little later last year and don’t have nearly as much content, but things are really picking up as we start posting more often. I look forward to reading more of your blog in 2011!


    • Stick says:

      thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. I must say that I am pretty happy with the way my blog has gone so far (other than I wish I had more gear reviews…but I actually have a few items right now that are new so I will have more soon). I started this right at the end of April last year when I was out of work for 3 months for back surgery. All I had to do was sit around really, so it was the perfect time for me to get it going and try to get a feel for it. I have found that it can consume quite a bit of my time though. But it has been a fun experience!
      Good luck on your blog as well as your adventures too!


  2. Wakis85 says:

    Recently found your blog and have been reading all your old posts and watching your videos. Great job – they are fun and informative, I really enjoy them. Keep up the great work!!!



  3. Wakis85 says:

    Recently found your site and have been going through reading all your old posts. I have found them both fun and informative. I think that you are doing a great job, thanks and keep up the great work!!!



  4. Shoeless Joe says:

    Keep up the good work. I found your blog just this month, and I’ve been enjoying it. It keeps me tied over until warmer weather arrives!


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