2012 in review

As they did last year, WordPress.com, which hosts this and millions of other blogs, helpfully put together a 2012 annual report.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 3 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

And just like last year, we add these less graphically interesting but still useful statistics:

General Stats (Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2012)

Page Views: 173,520, up from 131,534 last year (getting close to 400,000 views soon!)
Posts: 293, up slightly from 275 in 2011, bumping us to 1172 posts for your reading pleasure
Comments:  2186, up dramatically from last year’s 1655 (6401 total)
Busiest day: 1418 views on February 23, 2012 (this was the day the 101 MissPres Places list was announced.)
Busiest month: 16,124 (July 2012, must have been too hot to go outside)
E-mail Subscribers: 303, from last year’s 160 (from 64 in 2010)

MissPres has been going so long now that WordPress has cut off the first year from our traditional bar graph, so this year we’ll have to just go with the hard-fast numbers (and sorry you’ll have to click on the table to get it at full size):


Overall while the level of views each month was much higher than in 2010, the blog seems to be reaching a plateau, although each January things seem to jump up to a different level. We shall see what 2013 holds.

For the third year in a row, the top-viewed post was a post from early 2010–Abandoned Mississippi: Mt Holly, Lake Washington–and in fact, it almost doubled its number of views from 2011. Whether this constant interest means this landmark house of major importance will be saved, I don’t know. I’ve heard there are movements, doings afoot, but the recalcitrant owner, Matt Wiggins of Kemah, Texas (seriously, google this guy) has so far been unwilling to deal. Mt. Holly is on the 101 Mississippi Places to See Before You Die and let’s hope it can be saved so that we don’t have to worry about seeing it before it goes away.

Here are the most-viewed posts of 2012. As you will see, the Abandoned Mississippi theme and historic hotels are still very popular, but this year these were joined by a few 101 MissPres Places posts and Thomas Rossell’s WWI tank post, among others.

Abandoned Mississippi: Mt. Holly, Lake Washington 6,125
101 Mississippi Places to See Before You Die–Preliminary List 3,384
Abandoned Mississippi: Kuhn Memorial State Hospital, Vicksburg 1,880
Young Bungalow for Sale in Canton 1,832
Final 101 Mississippi Places To See Before You Die 1,699
Pleasure Domes Past…Biloxi’s Broadwater Beach 1,467
The Official 101 Mississippi Places to See Before You Die List 1,440
Katrina Survivors: Charnley House(s), Ocean Springs 1,237
Meanwhile, at another court building up the street a ways . . . 1,174
Tanks for the Memories -or- Travelling by Tank in Mississippi 1,156
The Edgewater Gulf Hotel, Queen of the Coast 1,097
Mississippi Landmarks 2010 1,037
Abandoned Mississippi: School for the Blind 982
New Hope for Prospect Hill? 969
William A. Stanton on Ceres Plantation 918

Commenting picked up dramatically this year, which makes all of us authors happy–it means people are not just reading but also reacting and engaged in a community of readers. The winner for most-commented post this year was “Where Have All the Roof Signs Gone?” which was a fun post to write and a fun one to read the comments for. This year, Beauregard Rippy, gstone, John C, Kathleen Jenkins and pibb25 were the top five commenters, and as gstone inaugurated the group hug last year, here’s one for y’all (((HUGS))).

Actually I’m unclear of the etiquette of virtual group hugs, so if that one didn’t contain enough parentheses (or even worse, too many), please let me know.

Early in the year, we finally produced the long-awaited 101 Mississippi Places to See Before You Die, which if you count, contains a few more than 101. This was based on unscientific polling done for all regions of Mississippi throughout 2011. Soon thereafter, with the help of Tom Freeland of NMissCommentor, we published a map showing the locations of all the 101/106 places, which you can see here.

After that, I personally was exhausted, but thankfully MissPres has managed to attract a group of dedicated authors who have picked up the slack. New this year was Thomas Rosell’s popular and sometimes mind-bending Architectural Word of the Week and of course Suzassippi’s regular series “Suzassippi’s Mississippi,” wherein she explores many of the 101 Places and photographs and researches all the other interesting places in the vicinity. Meanwhile, JRGordon keeps on keeping on trying to bring us preservation news in a world where news is less and less available from our small towns. If you still have a print subscription to one of Mississippi’s newspapers and would like to become a “news spotter,” let us know–so many papers have gone to subscription websites that we can’t find news from large swaths of the state nowadays.

What’s next for 2013? Well, I honestly have not thought that far ahead! WordPress’s annual report did note that one of the most searched-for phrases this year was “Craftsman bungalows” and since I’ve been recently noticing and photographing bungalows in many of the small towns I’ve been to, I think I’ll start a series of “Craftsman in . . . ” akin to the “Modernism in. . . ” series. Who says I’m not swayed by public opinion?

We’ll celebrate our fourth anniversary in February, maybe change our header as is traditional on our anniversary, write some posts, and hopefully do our part to help save some of Mississippi treasured historic places. Happy New Year, y’all, and whether you’re a recent reader or a longtime fan, thanks for riding along the back roads of Mississippi with us!


See earlier annual reports:

Categories: Historic Preservation

1 reply

  1. Congratulations and what appears to have been a great year from MissPres. I just found your website in the past couple of months, and am so impressed with the content. I run Histpres.com and would love to collaborate in someway in the new year! I wish you and your authors/supporters well.


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