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It is fun, bittersweet and nostalgic to look back at your year especially when it comes to my blog. WordPress does a great job of sending you a snapshot of your blog’s performance. I will use some statistics from there but this baby of mine deserves a more personal approach. πŸ™‚

Here are some milestones:

  • The year started with a bang when I got published in a Print magazine — Parents India.Β 
  • I won a few blogger contests this year that were special not only for the prizes won but for the feeling of your content standing out and being appreciated among so many others.
  • I made my debut on prestigious online magazines like Elephant Journal and Huffington Post India this year.
  • I continued to write about social causes, children, women, parenting, travel, health and many more issues.
  • I did some fantastic engagements with some lovely brands and clients both on the blog and in Content Writing.

Top 10 Posts of 2014:

Bloggerspeak deconstructed: I had a lot of fun writing this one. After all, if we don’t laugh at ourselves, who will? Luckily the post was taken in the right spirit as well.

Aunty Who? This post was penned in December 2012. It continues to strike a chord with people across the board who have experienced the horror of being called ‘aunty’ or ‘uncle’ while being still young (in their eyes).

My fight for my BBMP khata This post penned way back in 2010 continues to inspire people to say no to bribing. I get many queries about this blog.

A terrifying incident in the train This post was written about a real scary experience in the train. It struck a chord with many.

When I went off Facebook: As I shared my experience of pulling the plug off my FB profile, I saw that many connected with the post and my experience.

A friend for life: When my young son wrote a lovely post about his brother on my blog, it was the recipe for a hit. This post saw my blogger friends pitch in with gusto to cheer the budding blogger.

6 relationship tips that will keep the spark in your romance alive — busted: I had loads of fun penning this one. One of the few humor posts on my blog.

Storytelling: This post was about a wonderful storytelling session that was immensely enjoyed by my younger son. This post led to some very meaningful dialogs.

Chashmish: This post about a not-so-pleasant childhood memory had many reminsicing with similar or different experiences.

An encounter to remember: Yes, this doctor seemed to have trained at Hitler’s Academy of Medicine. After giving us a frightful experience, the only saving grace was that this post won a prize.

Traffic:

Most of my blog’s traffic comes from India followed by a substantial number from the US. UK and Australia follow them. Overall, this blog saw visitors from 123 countries in the past year.

Comments:

The Top commenters on my blog the past year were:

1 janu 84 comments

2 Sid 77 comments

3 Nabanita 66 comments

4 Latha 65 comments

5 Seeta 60 comments

Thank you so much! And thank you to everyone who tread this blog — read, commented, shared or messaged. Your love and appreciation keeps me going.

Top Referrers:

  1. Google.com
  2. Facebook.com
  3. Indiblogger.in
  4. Topindianblogs.com
  5. Twitter.com

Kudos to the power of social media!

Total Posts:

I posted 92 posts this year that has taken the total posts on this blog close to 656 posts. That felt impressive even to me. πŸ™‚

So, the year draws to a close. And the new one beckons with sweet possibilities and much more to be achieved. Here’s wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year 2015.

Rachna says recap 2014

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46 Thoughts on “Rachna says — 2014 a recap

  1. That’s awesome Rachna. More power to you and Happy New Year.
    Personally I wonder how you juggle with so many things and yet can devote time to friends. Wonderful! !

    • Thanks so much, Bhagya. Wish you the same. Every time I hear that compliment, I feel happy. I don’t really know. I guess I put my energies in everything that I am passionate about. Blogging and writing is one of those passions and so are friends. Thanks for your support always.

  2. Keep going girl….You rock! Wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead and may all your dreams come true.

  3. I am not in the top five commenters? πŸ™‚
    Regardless I loved your Bloggerspeak deconstructed.
    Wish you and your family a very happy new year.

    • Yep, I was surprised too. I guess, it must be because Janu and Sid did Guest posts for me and hence must have commented more often. πŸ™‚ Wish you the same. That post was such fun to pen. πŸ™‚

  4. It’s been a cracking year for you, hasn’t it? I still remember pinging you in Jan and saying that it’s off to a brilliant start. All your accolades and milestones are very well deserved, Rachna πŸ™‚ Congrats and may 2015 be yet another year filled with milestones and fuelled by writing things that you enjoy writing πŸ™‚
    Sid recently posted…BrothersMy Profile

    • It has and for that I feel very grateful. Also feel grateful to friends and blog readers like you. I remember that ping. πŸ™‚

      The year has been wonderful for you as well. I am eagerly looking forward to your own publication the coming year. Thank you for your wonderful wishes. Wish you a fantastic year ahead as well.

  5. I’d say you’ve had a fabulous year ! I am sure 2015 is going to be even more rocking !
    Ruch recently posted…The Japanese and The Art of Using ChopsticksMy Profile

  6. Those stats are very impressive Rachna! You have every right to pat your own back and preen.

    Here’s wishing you an even better year in 2015. I wish you many meaningful interactions and many, many accolades. May you continue to win hearts with you down-to-earth common sense and you no-nonsense forthrightness! More power to your pen my dear friend! Your presence gives me immense comfort… even though we dont interact regularly. <3
    Dagny recently posted…Apropos To Your QuestionMy Profile

    • Thank you so much, Dagny. I cherish your friendship. You know that already. Wish you loads of happiness and success with your venture in the coming year as well. Thanks for the validation.

  7. Love reading your blog, Rachna! Keep up the good work in 2015. I remember you winning the platinum contest – I thought that was beautiful.

    Lots of love and good wishes πŸ™‚
    Nisha recently posted…Melbourne – the Cool Kid of AustraliaMy Profile

  8. Wishing you an awesome 2015 Rachna! πŸ™‚
    Pixie recently posted…Christmas eveMy Profile

  9. Awesome posts, all of them, Rachna! Shame on me for not commenting as well and as much as you do on my blog!
    That being said, I do love your posts and hope to be a more dedicated reader from now on! <3
    Roshni recently posted…The Indian American Mom’s report card!My Profile

  10. A very happy 2015 to you Rachna and may you continue to gain accolades!
    C. Suresh recently posted…The year that wasMy Profile

  11. Wow – you have had a great blogging year. Mine restricts to July Blogging challenge. No wonder my recap 2014 is too minuscule in front of yours.

    Have a great 2015.
    Viyoma recently posted…An Open Letter to 2014My Profile

  12. Wow , some really impressive statistics, but there is a lot more that I like about your blog like a very personal style, calling a spade a spade and seamlessly moving from one kind of posts like parenting to social issues. Keep them coming, wish you a fabulous 2015 πŸ™‚
    Prasad Np recently posted…Guess where I traveled in 2014My Profile

  13. Best wishes for the new year! What a great year it has been, especially on your blog. The valentine’s day post was a special read as were many others that don’t show up on this list.
    Subhorup Dasgupta recently posted…Winds of ChangeMy Profile

  14. Rachna,that is some achievement .
    My best wishes and hope you will do better in ’15
    B k chowla recently posted…N-E-W-SMy Profile

  15. I am not in top 5 πŸ™ now i am sad ..

    that is a excellent report A* from me for sure .. all the best for the new year and may you and your blog reach higher destinations and hopefully i will be in the first 5 πŸ™‚

    happy new year to you and family and everyone around you …
    Bikram recently posted…Day 2 :- TraditionMy Profile

  16. congratulations for all those accolades Rachna ..
    Wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year ..

  17. WOW, that’s impressive.
    More power to you!
    Saru Singhal recently posted…Postcards from MelbourneMy Profile

  18. Wow! This has been a wonderful year in blogging. Here’s hoping that 2015 takes you through many more of such milestones πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year!
    Ashwini CN recently posted…2014 – The year that was!My Profile

  19. Distraught that my name doesn’t feature in your Top Commentator’s list. A comment on almost all your posts.

    If 2014 was one of your best, I’m sure 2015 will be even better. Way to go, Rachna. You deserve every bit of the accolades and successes.
    purbaray recently posted…How To Identify A TerroristMy Profile

    • Awww Thank you so much, Purba. Top commentator or not, you are my sounding board, a friend whose comments I eagerly await and whose affection and support I cherish. I wish you many more successes in the coming year and hopefully we can meet this year. “)

  20. Aha! You have had such a happening and an exciting blogging year. Wishing you the very best in 2015 too, Rachna! Cheers πŸ™‚
    Shilpa Garg recently posted…I SeeMy Profile

  21. Ohh…so, I am in the top 5…hehe I know I would…because, I never miss on your posts…except in the recent past πŸ˜›
    Thanks to blogging for making me come across a women as wonderful as you are. All the very best for the coming years of blogging.

  22. Seems like 2014 has been an awesome year for me. Wish you better things in 2015. The year as such has not been too memorable for me in terms of pure blogging per se. But as a writer I think I am making some progress in the right direction.

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