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Schnikism: 2012 in review

Wow. This is somewhat interesting. LOL

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Top 11 Posts of 2011

Well, we’re almost to 2012 and recently I posted my top 11 photos of ’11, so I thought I would dig around in my stats and share with you the items that a plurality of you decided to visit over the year. They’re ranked by number of views.

11: (Dis)Engaging Google+ – I’ve written that I’m not a fan of Google+. Based on my experiences, my opinion hasn’t changed from August 11, 2011.

10: 10 Things (About me) – Interesting, this post, written around my birthday in 2010 garnered enough views this year to make my list. I find it funny that it’s number 10. 🙂

9: Oh, to be Popular. #199 – My 199th blog post here. A photo essay of my top Flickr photos. Be sure to check out #1 if you haven’t already.

8: Crossroads. Help Me, Pathfinder! – A great post about my future education and where I want to go from here. I say it was a great post because it offered me some good conversations with people about the state of education, what I should focus on as I continue forward and helped me figure out where I truly am in my head.

7: Good Customer Service: America’s Tire – I’m thrilled that a “Good Customer Service” story made the list. The adage goes, a happy customer will tell no one, while an unhappy customer will tell everyone. That’s not true in my case, I try to give equal time to good and bad customer service.

6: O.H. in the E.R. – On of my funnier (and sad) posts about an ill-fated trip to the ER last August. My pain is your joy. The things you hear in an ER waiting room are rather funny. If you take the time to listen.

(Photo Credit: Sea Turtle on Flickr)

5: Following the Pack (or not) – A post from last February where I offer my commentary on a “gorilla marketing tactic” on Twitter that was horribly spammy. I found it interesting that my desire to speak up was met with extreme hostility and mob mentality, which border-lined on bullying. I still stand by my opinions and observations. Sometimes you have to go out on a limb. Be bold.

4: The Lone Zebra, an Educational Opportunity – Written regarding a kerfuffle in the Real Estate Community about copyright and trade dress infringement. This gave me an opportunity to put into real life practice some things I had been learning in my Business Law class. It was a great case study.

3: Guest Post: Judgment Between The Lines – I’m so thrilled you liked, or viewed, this post. It was an important post. A guest post by my close friend Sarah Salter, she writes about something I think we all struggle with: Judgement and its many forms. An extremely timely, timeless and poignant post, worthy of read, whether it’s your first time or tenth.

2: Missing The Mark: Sears – Christmas Customer Service – Wow. This post, written just six days ago, outlined some poor customer service I received from a National big box store. Outlining the systemic issues from corporate culture, to employee detachment (An employee adds his comments to the post) it has become one of my most popular Customer Service Commentary posts.

Singapore Fireworks Celebrations '08 - Korean Fantasia 3
(Photo Credit: Synchroni on Flickr)

1: You’re Welcome?!? – A post from this summer, I volunteered at a women only half marathon this year, I was struck and moved that almost every single runner, no matter how fatigued or festive, took a moment to thank the volunteers, when all I really was doing was standing in the middle of the road. I’m very thankful and grateful that this is my number one viewed post. It makes me believe that you all enjoy a little bit of gratitude in our world and maybe we/I need to be sharing a little more of it.

I’m extremely proud of these posts and some of them I think are close to “my best.” I hope that this streak continues in 2012!

11 Favorite Photos of ’11

I try to take pictures of things that are memorable, as you’re aware. But, I’m also a little retentive on how I organize them, too. In my files, I order them by year and by month. So I decided to go back and see what I thought some of my top photos were; either because they were interesting to me or they had special memories. Here they are:

I moved into a new place this year – I really enjoyed the view from the deck.
The sun for the trees with clouds

A cool panoramic view of the Southeast side of Portland, Oregon on a sunny(!!) day. Mount Hood is in the distance.
Portland Oregon Sunshine Mt Hood Marquam Bridge

My friend Cheryl put together a great conference that I was a volunteer at, she was being interviewed by a local news station and I happened to spot this view, through the lens.
Through the Lens

On a recent trip to the beach, my friend and I spotted this abandoned, decrepit boat in a river valley.
Abandoned Boat

I was fortunate to go to a Seattle Mariners game in Safeco Field, the view from my awesome seats really let me catch all the action.
Seattle Mariners Safeco Field

A pretty cool moment to catch. Fourth of July is always fun. Especially when you go to Washington to watch REAL fireworks.
Firework Flame

A group of my friends (The Ruby Council) and I went to Darcelle’s and Co. downtown, Portland. We got a photo with the Grand Dame herself.
Ruby Council and Darcelle

A great photo from another trip to Seattle, as you’ll note, the sun does shine in Seattle. A great view of their skyline.
Seattle Washington Skyline

A trip to Seattle that changed the course of my 2011 for the better. I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this captured moment for a couple of reasons. A pretty cool photo, too.
Sunstreaked Pair

I caught this photo on Veteran’s Day. I thought it was incredibly poignant and it was pretty, too.
Solo Flag

Of course, I wasn’t going to end the recap of my year without a Christmas Photo, since I was posting this on Christmas Day.
Christmas Reflection

I’ve been so fortunate this year. I’ve experienced some great moments and some not-so-great moments. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

New Year, Old Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

Every New Years’ eve we hear the same question over and over. “What is your New Year’s resolution?” Mine is always the same. I don’t make any.

No goal is going to be achieved by making a snap decision on a “random” day and expecting to stick with it because you told someone on the last day of one year or the first day of the next year.

Statistically, most New Years resolutions are broken by the end of January.

Use me as an example. I want to enrich myself personally and professionally. Not just within 2011, but continuously.

Let’s look at some typical “resolutions”

I want to be healthier and lose weight.
I took up running and I’ve established a goal of running a half-marathon in 2011. To accomplish that goal, I have to complete many hurdles. First, I have to start to like running on a regular basis. That took me about two months to get used to it. Then, not only do you have to like to run, but then you have to start running outside, and sharpening up, for speed and distance/endurance. You shouldn’t make that decision lightly or glibly. You should plan, prepare, and execute.

“I want to further my education”
I wanted to better myself professionally. My thought: Never stop learning. You could read hundreds of books or you could hire someone to coach you through everything or you could take classes. I went back to school. The process is not an easy one, I couldn’t have just walked onto campus and said, “I want to start taking classes” and then been in classes in the next day/week. It took me 3 months to get everything squared away, and it’ll take me two years to complete my degree; fortitude, that’s the ticket.

I want to manage my money better. (Or I want to put more money in savings)
Money, it's a crime (Used under Creative Commons Licensing: Thanks Kiki99!)
This one can be a little more difficult. In that we have to change our thinking and our habits. You have to look at the things you spend your money on and whether you “need” or NEED them. Things like Rent/Mortgage, utilities or debt obligations are fixed items. I started out by just making a rudimentary list of what I spent my money on, where it was going compared to what was coming in and each month, I made little spending changes to better organize where my financial position was. This all takes time and effort. Not a quick-fix change of your mind.

I’m not saying that the end of one year and the beginning of another isn’t a good time to make goals for the next year. The only thing I’m saying is don’t make them because you feel you have to, make them because you really want to be better or have better things. Being healthier, smarter or financially secure are never bad goals to have, but their easier to accomplish if you work at it.
These things have worked for me in 2010 which leaves me in a much stronger position to keep them going in 2011. Start now, but ensure that you’re going to keep going throughout the year. Take small bites, you won’t feel stuffed so fast.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com 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

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 89 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 115 posts. There were 25 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was July 5th with 98 views. The most popular post that day was Edgefield…. .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, schnikism.com, bridgetchumbley.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for schnikisms, schnikism, “cooking sherry” “fred meyer” oregon, sweaty friends, and “pdx liquidators”.

Attractions in 2010

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


Edgefield…. July 2010
10 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,


Five years of Healing… October 2010


Commentary: Can you find me a house? November 2010


Dan Savage: You Do Not Speak For Me October 2010
4 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,


10 Things July 2010
14 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2010… My Music

It’s time for me to start “Navel Gazing” for 2010. To kick things off: The music that got me through the year. As anyone who has been reading my blog this year would know. I like music and these are some of the songs which either: Made me happy, got me groovin’ or just plain caused me to think. I’ve included links if your unfamiliar with the song.

Enjoy. (In no particular order)

Pink: Raise Your Glass
Bruno Mars: Grenade
Usher: DJ Got Us Fallin In Love
Eminem ft. Rhianna: Love the Way You Lie
Ke$ha: Take It Off
Enrique Inglesis: I Like It
Taio Cruz: Dynamite
Katy Perry: Firework
Lady Gaga: Bad Romance
Jason Derulo: In My Head
Eminem: Not Afraid
Owl City: Fireflies
Michael Buble: Haven’t Met You Yet
La Roux: Bulletproof
Jay-Z: Young Forever

Oops. I missed it.

It seems I started my blog over a year ago.

That date came and went without so much as a peep. Oops.

September 22, 2009 – September 22, 2010 – My One Year Blogoversary.

Some stats: 3,300 views all-time

views today: 5
Busiest day: 98 views on Monday, July 5, 2010

Posts: 95

Comments: 253

Categories: 9

Tags: 0


My First Post was this:

What the heck am I doing here?

I’m seriously not sure. I’m sitting here trying to make sure I’ve set this thing up the way I want it to, but right now I feel like a dog randomly chasing his tail hoping that I’ll miraculously catch it.

At least I have a first post. I’m not sure how long until the next one; we’ll just have to see together, eh?