My best things of 2012

Let’s do this!

Best Comic BookHawkeye

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(followed by Saga and maybe New 52 Batwoman too)

Best BlogSuper Punch
(with Marginal Revolution and Screenrant also getting worthy nods)

Best Music – we’ll ask ———–>Screen shot 2012-12-22 at 12.54.00
(which is plugged into my Spotify and probably knows my music tastes from the year behind better than anything else)

Best FriendJennifer Miller

Best PlaceVenice

Best Fancy DressWolfmother

Best FilmSkyfall
(followed by Looper and Avengers)

Best PlayHedda Gabler
(it was SO good)

Best MusicalSweeney Todd

Best PremiereDark Knight Rises

Best Book(s)Done that already (what’s yours?)

Best Day – August 17th
(I found out I won my first pitch for the big O just I was boarding a flight to Cape Verde for a (well-deserved) holiday with the girl; it was perfect timing. December 30th comes in a close second, see next item)

Best Celeb Spot -  JOHN LANDIS!

Best EventTEDxObserver
(small mention on Five Things, but I still have ALL my notes to write up)

Best CoffeeFoxcroft & Ginger
(with an honourable mention for Taylor St. Canary Wharf)

Best Presentation (that I got to give) – Word of Mouth Marketing at SOF, Slovenia

Best blog posts (according to stats)

  1. Marvel: Disassembled
  2. Review: The Amazing Spider-Man
  3. On Facebook? I can see your private messages
  4. DRIVE (posted last year, but still top-billed)
  5. Review: Skyfall

Best blog posts (according to opinion)

  1. Current attempts at television-based social media integration are failing, hard.
  2. the pressure of immediacy
  3. Never-ending enjoyment (for a limited time only)
  4. 2013 Social Media Predictions
  5. In defence of Superman Returns

Best overall stats – Jetpack did that for me

Best New Personal ProjectsFive things on Friday and The Voicemail

Best Blogger EngagementTsingtao, Motorola and Visit Switzerland

Best FoodSpuntino – I love it there
(Hakkasan comes a close second)

Best AppPaper by Fifty-Three (example output)


Bit of a random list all in all, but hey – it’s my list and I can do what I like. This past year has been an astonishing year for stats and stuff, YOY growth has been mental

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I’m putting this down to two things. First, a solid commitment to blogging; this year I published 164 new posts. That works out at an average of just over three posts per week. Having blogging projects to work towards helped with this a lot. If you’re looking to grow your readership, I’d recommend this.

Second, StumbleUpon. This year, I started sharing my links to the social/interest/serendipity-led search engine and my YTD referrers put SU in at the number two position (with Search coming first and Twitter coming third).

Finally I put a lot of my 2012 reflection stuff into my last Five things on Friday post so, instead of going over similar ground, I just want to say a big thank you – all of you – who have stopped by to read, comment on, or share anything you’ve found on this here blog of mine.

I really, really appreciate it.

Happy New Year to you and I’ll see you in 2013!

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Author: James Whatley

Chief Strategy Officer in adland. I got ❤️ for writing, gaming, and figuring stuff out. I'm @whatleydude pretty much everywhere that matters. Nice to meet you x