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Tag: Year in Review

  • Site and App 2021 Year in Review

    I do not normally do a yearly “recap” blog post, for the site, but I thought I would do so for this year. It’s been an interesting year for the site and the Here are some statistics.


    Posts

    Total number of posts: 193
    Number of non-‘availability’ posts: 70 (including this one).
    Number of Reviews: 12, which is an average of one a month.

    Total Word Count (not including “availability” posts): 81,704 / average of 1,167.20 words

    Average Word Count: 1166.80 words per post
    Number of “Availability” posts: 123

    • AirTag: 13
    • iPad Pro: 10
    • iPhone 100

    Page Views

    Total Page Views from 2016 to 2021:

    • 2021: 13,860 / 37.97 per day
    • 2020: 9,594 / 26.21 per day
    • 2019: 13,475 / 36.91 per day
    • 2018: 11,573 / 31.71 per day
    • 2017: 29,126 / 79.80 per day
    • 2016: 34,166 / 93.35 per day

    Most popular post: Account Locked after updating macOS Big Sur – 3,933 views
    Most Popular Review: A Review of the 5th Generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro – 809 views


    Book Statistics

    I don’t normally post about how well my books sell, but here are those statistics: Total Books sold from 2019 to 2021:

      2021 2020 2019 Total
    Apple 322 475 561 1,358
    Amazon 48 130 251 427
    Paperback (B&W) 21 32 115 166
    Hardcover/Color Paperback 0 8 10 18
    Total 391 645 937 1,973

    I’m not sure why I sold significantly fewer books this year as opposed to previous years, but that seems to be the case. I am not sure if it just that I have not been linked from other sites, or if I did not promote my books well enough, or if it is because I only wrote one book this year instead of two so people presumed I did not write a book this year. It is also entirely possible that is for another reason that I could not think of. 

    I hope next year’s book sales will be higher, closer to 2019’s numbers.


    App Statistics

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    App Updates: 9, with an average of 34 days between each release. Here are the new downloads of wwriteLite per year:

    • 2021: 69
    • 2020: 56
    • 2019: 66
    • 2018: 136
    • 2017: 101
    • 2016: 132

    There are some big changes coming in the next update to the app. So if you want to be one of the first to get access to the features, go and sign up for the TestFlight.


    Closing Thoughts

    Overall 2021 was not too bad for the site, app, and books. Of course I would have preferred to have sold a few more copies of the books, and had a few more downloads of my app, but alas, it is what it is. I hope the numbers improve for next year, but only time will tell on that.

    What kind of content did you enjoy? What would you like to see covered that was not? What would you like to see changed? Let me know via twitter.


  • 2013: In Review

    I could do a reflection on my 2013 but I felt this to be too mundane. Most Particularly because I didn’t manage to accomplish nearly as much as I wanted nor enough to take up an entire post.Instead, I leave you with this quote from Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, in order to reflect on everything.

    Short History of Nearly Everything

    “The fact that you have atoms and that they assemble in such a willing manner is only part of what got you here. To be here now, alive in the 21st century, and smart enough to know it, you also had to be the beneficiary of an extraordinary string of biological good fortune. Survival on earth is a surprisingly tricky business. Of the billions and billions of species of living thing that have existed since the dawn of time. Most, 99.999 percent are now longer around. Life on earth, you see, is not only brief but also dismaying tenuous. It is a curious feature that we come a planet that is so good at promoting life, but even better at extinguishing it.

    The average species on life lasts for only about four millions years. If you wish to be around four billion years, you have to be as fickle as the atoms that made you. You must be prepared to change everything about you; size, shape, color, species affiliation, everything, and to do so repeatedly. That’s much easier said than done. Because the process of change is random. To get from protoplasmal primordial atomic globule, as the Gilbert and Sullivan song put it, to sentient up-right modern human, has required you to mutate new traits in a precisely timely manner, over and over again for an exceedingly long while. For various periods over the last 3.8 Billion years, you have abhorred oxygen and then doted on it. Grown fins and limbs and jaunty sails, laid eggs, flicked the air with a forked tongue, been sleek, been furry, lived under ground, lived in trees, been as big as a deer and as small as a mouse, and a million things more. The tiniest deviation from any of these evolutionary shifts, and you could now be licking algae off cave walls or lolling walrus-like on some stony shore, or disgorging air from a blow-hole in the top of your head before diving sixty-feet for a mouthful of delicious sandworms.

    Not only have you been lucky enough to be attached since time in-memorial to a favored evolutionary line, but you have also been extremely, make that miraculously, fortunate in your personal ancestry. Consider the fact that for 3.8 Billion years, a period of time older than the Earth’s mountains and rivers and oceans, every one of your fore-bearers on both sides has been attractive enough to find a mate, healthy enough to reproduce and sufficiently blessed by fate and circumstances to live long enough to do so. Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected by its life’s quest to deliver a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner, at the right moment in order to perpetuate the only sequence of hereditary combinations that could result, eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly, in you.”

  • 2011: My Year in Review

    Last year I did a big post on those that we lost and big news stories. This year, I’m changing formats. I’m focusing more on myself and the changes that have occurred within my life, while still bringing in some of the big stories. I won’t go month by month, I’ll go story by story instead.

    2011 brought the biggest change that I could have imagined, and one that I did not plan for. Sure, it was always in the back of my mind that it was possible, but I never expected it to happen. My fiancé decided that she no longer wanted to get married, and subsequently moved out. Yeah, it was a big change. To this day, I am still not 100% sure what the main catalyst for her decision was, nor will I ever truly know. I tried to get her to stay, but it didn’t work. I can’t say that I don’t miss having her around, because that would be lying. I was expecting to grow old with her, despite the fact that she never said she was old, that was my job, to be old. But now it won’t happen. The hardest part is that my best friend decided that I was no longer what she needed. It’s hard to live with that fact. Despite her leaving, I still support in whatever she decides to do. Alas, that was my big story of 2011.

    Another thing happened during the year, both of my sisters had kids. My Niece, Zoie, and my Nephew Aiden are rather cute kids. Zoie seems to like me for some strange reason, I’m not sure why. It’s probably my fleece sweatshirt that she like and not really me. I hope to spend more time with them.

    World events shaped 2011. From the Arab Spring uprising that began in December of 2010, and continued all the way through 2011, to the Earthquake in Japan, and subsequent Fukushima Nuclear power plant meltdown, and even Osama Bin Laden’s death, and the resignation of Apple Founder and CEO Steve Jobs.

    The biggest stories of the year cover a wide range of topics, from big resignations, to high profile deaths, to scandals, and even uprisings and speaking out. The biggest story , that affected me, was the resignation, on August 24th, and death, on October 5th, of Apple’s Founder and CEO Steve Jobs. I’m not afraid to admit it, I cried. Why did I cry, good question. I think I cried because it was a big loss for the technology community, a loss for Apple, and the loss of an icon. Steve Jobs helped Apple push technology forward and setup a company that is envied by many of its rivals. Apple is the juggernaut that every technology company tries to emulate, and re-create the same success for themselves. Steve Jobs will definitely be missed, let’s hope Apple keeps up the momentum. Steve Jobs never took crap from anybody, was a tough individual and knew what he wanted and was not afraid to speak his mind. There are a lot of admirable qualities that Steve Jobs had that one could admire.

    The second biggest story is the Death of Osama Bin Laden. On May 2nd, 2011, Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Forces in an attack on his base in Afghanistan. Why is this such a big story, it broke on Twitter before other mediums. It was also big news, because it may had brought some closure to the troops, and families of those who have died fighting for freedom and in trying to bring Osama Bin Laden down. As details of how Bin Laden kept up his communications began to be reported, I found myself wondering why all of this high-technology that we have was fooled by the use of sneakernet. In case you were not aware, Osama bin Laden was holed up in a bunker with 10+ foot high walls, and no telephone or internet connection. How does the most elusive man in the world still communicate without telephone or internet, simple, have a lackey do his dirty work and local internet cafes. That’s how. Billions spent on a war, where the enemy used somebody else to do his dirty work. Way to go US Government.

    The third big story that had an impact on my life was the Death of World War II Major Dick Winters. Major Winters was a main character in the 2001 HBO Mini-Series Band of Brothers. Despite never meeting Major Winters, through the mini-series, as well as books regarding the 101st Airborne Division, including his own “Beyond Band of Brothers”, Major Winters was an inspiration for the type of leadership, as well as the type of person that I want to be.

    The next story that caused some shock, was the Death of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il. North Korea has been the biggest fear of the US, regarding Nuclear power, since Russia during the cold war. It came as a shock to many, and the story again, broke on twitter.

    Another death, which affected me more than Osama and Kim Jong Il, was the death of Actor Harry Morgan. Harry Morgan was Colonel Sherman T. Potter in the show M*A*S*H, and Detective Bill Gannon in Dragnet. M*A*S*H has provided me with countless hours of entertainment, and Harry Morgan will forever be remember for his role in the biggest show featuring the happenings of the Korean War.

    One of the most memorable shows from the past 30 years is 60 Minutes. If you watched 60 Minutes for any number of weeks you would know the name Andy Rooney. Andy Rooney was a beloved commentator and satirist. His insights and voice will be missed by many.

    The racing world lost a driver this year, Dan Wheldon. Wheldon was only 33 years old when he died from his injuries suffered at the Las Vegas International Speedway. I’m not a big racing fan, but I know he will be missed by the fans.

    Singer/Songwriter Amy Winehouse became part of the “27 Club”. The “27 Club” is a club where the members all died at the age of 27. Some others include Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and Jim Morrison. Winehouse was loved by fans, and had a great career ahead of her, she died too young.

    Television lost another famous person, Sherwood Schwartz, creator of the “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island”. He was 94 when he died, but his ideas will live on forever.

    Author Lilian Jackson Braun, creator of the book series “The Cat Who…”, died at the age of 97. Her work, like many others, will be read by future generations.

    You may not know the name Lynn Hauldren, but you sure know the jingle, 1-800-Empire. Lynn Hauldren, was the face of Empire Carpet. For those in Chicagoland, you will never forget 800-588-2300 Empire.

    Anybody who knows anything about car or home stereos, knows the name Harman-Kardon. Sidney Harman, owner of Newsweek, and namesake in Harmon-Kardon died at the age of 92.

    Actress Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23rd, she was 79. Not enough can be said about the three-time Academy Award Winning actress.

    Other big stories have occurred during 2011, including the end of NASA’s space shuttle missions. When they announced that the Space Shuttle missions would be ending, it was a big blow to America’s space efforts. While it is expensive to send somebody to the moon, it is our mission to explore beyond our boundaries, beyond our planet to see what our Solar System and Universe have to show us. It is a big mistake to cease space shuttle missions, if anything we should have more of them, not fewer.

    The last big story of 2011 is the formal declaration, by the United States, that the War in Iraq has officially ended. It was something that came way too late, and should have been done before 2011.

    Some final thoughts. A heartfelt thanks goes out of a group of people who helped me through my big story of 2011. Those people include, but are not necessarily limited to, Steffanie Housman, Joel Housman, Alison McQuade, Tori Sproat, Samantha F, Moriah_XO, Joanna Kenyon, Jenn Messina, Jen Clayton, Amanda Parziale and my family. Without you guys, I don’t know what I would have done.

    Here’s to 2012. A Year that I hope brings joy and good changes.