2011 in review

Dear all,

I read recently that the end of the year is simply a convention, and December 31st merely a day certain Roman bureaucrats picked. Nevertheless, this feels like the end of something, and I feel myself lying fallow in the bare field of year-end’s. Hopefully, new shoots are growing underground. But I am just allowing this quiet, relatively uncreative time to happen, doing little writing exercises in books, spending time with friends, and playing games.

Fortunately, WordPress sent me my annual report today, so I am posting the start of it here. This blog had 31,000 views this year. The majority of readers came from the US, Taiwan, and the UK. Thank you to every eye that saw and index finger that clicked.

best wishes,


Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

4 thoughts on “2011 in review

  1. Elaine, have you not yet read my post on dating in Taiwan? It is one of the most popular pages on the Internet on said topic. I wrote the essay some years ago for the magazine Taiwanease, but here on my blog it has acquired a massive second life. It has been re-posted, translated into Chinese, and I’ve seen forum posters link to it with the advice to just read the comments, which they think are better than the original piece.


  2. Oh yes, I read, admired, and distributed that post even before we officially met (and many times since then.) =] I could have sworn we had discussed it and its comments in person but I could be mistaken too. We will have to amend that!


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