2012 Health & Fitness Blogging In Review

Contributed By Courtney Horan, Author of Sweet Tooth Sweet Life
Ohhh, 2012. It was such a year. A great year, a challenging year, and most importantly, a life changing year. I’m really looking forward to doing my 2012 review post in the next couple of days, because it gives me the opportunity to look back and reflect on everything that’s happened…and there’s definitely been a LOT that has happened!
2012 was also a pretty fun year for the blog, as it continued to grow (thanks to all of you) and went through some of its own changes here and there. One of the plugins that I use (jetpack, in case fellow bloggers are interested) always sends me a year-end summary, highlighting some key points throughout the year.
blog report
As it turns out…
  • I posted 751 new posts in 2012.
  • I now have a total of 1,847 posts since I began blogging in April 2010.
  • My top posts for 2012 included:
    • When Your Definition of Healthy Changes
    • A Life Changing Post
    • Healthy Chicken Parmesan Burgers
    • Do You Love Sweet & Salty? <—actually a post from 2011!
  • Some of the most popular search terms bringing people to STSL include:
    • heath bar cookies
    • candy cane nail art
    • apple cider cupcakes
  • Visitors to STSL came from a total of 182 countries (which boggles my MIND)
  • The top 5 commenters on STSL were (totally awesome):
    • Erica
    • Ashley
    • Kristen
    • Khushboo
    • Katie
So much fun to look over all of those stats! Smile
New Year’s Eve
Last night, Jay and I spent the evening ringing in the new year with the Mexico Crew. We ate, we drank (some of us drank sparkling red grape juice), we danced our faces off to our favorite Wii game, and I think the most surprising part was that I kept myself awake until almost 2am. Considering I can’t make it much past 9:30pm these days, that was quite a shock…then again, I guess it helps when you’re with good friends.
This morning, all three four of us spent a little bit of time lounging on the couch, enjoying a leisurely breakfast.
Once that is finished digesting, I’m heading down to the basement for a workout. Not quite sure what yet – maybe some walking, maybe a modified version of yesterday’s workout – but I’m ready to do something (even though I did get a pretty good workout between 10pm – 1am last night with our Wii game dancing). Winking smile
Plans for the rest of today include catching up on some blog stuff before it’s back to work tomorrow, finish putting away the Christmas decorations, a little cleaning, and perhaps a little online shopping.
I haven’t taken many pictures over the last 24 hours, so I don’t have all that much to share with you…but I wanted to pop in and wish you all a VERY Happy New Year. I have a feeling that 2013 is going to be an incredible year, and I cannot WAIT to see what else is in store!  

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