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:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 40 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 109 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 30mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was December 12th with 53 views. The most popular post that day was How to make Rompope!!!!.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, salsaandsalsa.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.live.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for queso fundido, susan g komen, quesos fundidos, salsa and salsa mazatlan recipes, and salsa and salsa mazatlan.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
How to make Rompope!!!! December 2010
Lela collects $515 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation July 2010
Carnival Splendor! The Fun Ship Indeed! March 2010
A Molca-what? April 2010
The Salsa and Salsa Blog has arrived… March 2010
We always encourage guests of Salsa and Salsa to send us their fun pictures from the tour. I’ve been collecting them for quite some time, so rather than have them sitting in a folder in my computer, I thought “I should share these fun pics!”
So here they are! I think it’ll be fun to post these every so often and share the fun times with you all.
I am a total photo junkie!! I love taking photos, I love receiving photos and I love looking back at them from time to time…brings back some fond memories. Just the other day, I was looking at some old school photos…who still has theirs?!!
Thanks to social networks such as WordPress and Facebook, I’m able to stay in touch with some school friends, work friends and just people I have befriended over the years.
Be sure to keep sending those pictures! Our newsletter always has a contest, with the photo contest being a rotating visitor. This month was a photo contest and we received a whopping 50 photos for past guests! Make sure you have signed up to our newsletter to find out who the winners were 😉 The winners will also be posted on the website’s photo gallery.
August has been very eventful for us. More on that next week, but needless to say, we announced our expansion to Cozumel this month and everything has been go go go! It’s all very exciting, and we can’t wait to bring you more news regarding our move to the popular Mayan Riviera!
Our contact email for Cozumel is firstname.lastname@example.org, so feel free to email us if you will be on a cruise in the Mayan Riviera!
We are slowly but surely, venturing into unknown territory when it comes to the world wide web. Like most people, we too find it hard to keep up with all the new gadgets, social networking sites, uploading, downloading, stats, news, and everything online!
- Salsa and Salsa on Facebook
Thankfully, I love it all! I can’t get enough of Facebook – my personal page allows certain games (Bejeweled, Lexulous, Geo Challenge and a few others) and I dare anyone to try and beat my scores hahaha! Our facebook page for Salsa and Salsa tends to stick to just Salsa and Salsa, with photos, videos (well, one for now, but I encourage you guys to send us your videos of the tour, so we can post and share it with other Facebookers!) as well as lots of fun comments.
- Review us on Tripadvisor
Tripadvisor is another forum which grabs a lot of my attention. As most of you know, we have been trying hard to reach #1 on Tripadvisor and we are just about there…this week we reached #2, we were stuck on #4 for months!! What a relief to jump from 4 to 3, then 3 to 2.
Now we’re knocking on #1’s door, ready to kick it down and take it off it’s hinges! hahaha. It’s all about the reviews on that site, so if you haven’t reviewed us, go ahead and take a second to do so, it might just be the review that gets us to #1!
Our blog, of course, is always enjoyable to write and we love reading the comments from our readers. The blog world is truly new to us both, and I myself (and I’m sure I can speak for Leonique) am amazed at how one person’s thoughts can reach another person who may just be on the other side of the world! Awesome.
To Twitter or not to Twitter?
We have yet to venture into Twitterland…so many guests on the tour have said “NOOOO! Don’t do it!” – I’d like to hear from you guys – should we Twitter or should we not?! What’s the biggest difference between Twitter and Facebook – aren’t they the same thing? My understanding is that Twitter is simply just status updates. No photos, no videos, no comments, just status reports… so if this is correct, what’s the point? But I am willing to hear you Twitterers out (ok, I just made that name up, I wonder what the real term is), I am certainly opened to hearing from you and being swayed to the dark side…
How did you hear about us?
Cruise Critic is another forum which we have yet to join, although I know A LOT of cruisers frequent there. Should we join Cruise Critic too? How did you hear about us?
Sometimes I feel it’s all too much – all the technology – but truth is, where would we be without it? I have yet to get an iPhone, although I had my eye on it months before its release, I am fighting the urge to just spring for it – I mean, who doesn’t need a gadget that can identify a song from simply holding the phone up in the air? Or want to see if your table is wonky, hold the iPhone up and use the Spirit Level app that comes with the phone (that one made me laugh!) I was actually out with a friend at a restaurant when she pulled it out, checked the level of the table, and called the waiter over to let him know (I’m not joking, the funniest part of the story is the waiter just looked at her and said “ok, thanks?” hahaha)
With that in mind, I take a step back and think where would we be without all this technology?
Skype helps me communicate with friends and family overseas, for free (if you haven’t heard of Skype, check it out – show your phone company that you have had enough of their ridiculous prices! and add the words “Skype Me” to your web talk repertoire). I have to really rack my brain to think of items I can do without these days… I can certainly do without a car. Even living in Mexico, I can find my way around easily, cheaply and without the added cost of gas, insurance, license costs, highway tolls and all the other costs that are inflicted on drivers. I have been here for six years and have had no need (or desire) to buy a car. On top of that, I feel very proud of the fact that I am doing my part in not contributing to the world’s pollution problem.
Computer – gotta have it. No question about it – I could go without all the other things, but gotta have my laptop!
What can you go without? More importantly, what can’t you go without? Most of you will realize that it is hard to come up with the go without list…but try, it’s a good test on coming to terms with the fact that most of us surround ourselves with things we don’t really need. We are all very lucky to live in a world that allows us to buy buy buy, all in the name of keeping up with technology. I mean, I’ve fallen a victim to it – but I try hard to make up for it by giving back to the environment, spending time in nature (in other words, stepping away from the computer and getting outside!) and occasionally reverting back to the old fashioned ways, like riding a bike, drawing a picture (rather than taking a picture), whipping cream or eggs with a whisk (lol) and using a molcajete instead of a hand blender (double lol).
Food for thought…what old fashioned skills do you posses?
Till next time,