2012: My Year In Music

According to last.fm these are the bands that I listened to most during 2012. Only one band in my top ten this year were also on last years list.

  1. Aden
  2. John Lennon
  3. Twothirtyeight
  4. Beastie Boys
  5. Rainer Maria
  6. 10 Foot Ganja Plant (4th last year)
  7. Fishbone
  8. Metallica
  9. Push Kings
  10. Rod Stewart

Below is a wave graph of the top artists that I listened to over the last year (click for a larger image). It’s a great way to visualize the trends in my listening habits throughout the year.
2012 Wave Graph

Additionally, here is a list of my most listened to songs of 2012:

  1. Wilco – I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
  2. Wilco – I’m the Man Who Loves You
  3. John Lennon – Jealous Guy
  4. John Lennon – God
  5. Aden – Would You Have Stayed?
  6. John Lennon – Working Class Hero
  7. Twothirtyeight – Indian in Your Eyes
  8. Fishbone – Everybody Is a Star
  9. Twothirtyeight – You Made a Way For Moses
  10. Aden – Scooby Doo

You can also see similar lists put together for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. Last.fm is the service I use to track my listening habits. I’m always trying to discover new music so please go ahead and friend me over at last.fm.

2012: The Year In Blogging

It was a another great year for readership on Artifacting with 1,506,431 absolute unique readers coming to the blog over the year. Below is a graph of my total number of absolute unique readers throughout 2012.

Absolute Unique Visitors 2012

The spike on March 17th was caused by Buzzfeed linking to my Sloth Name Generator. The spike on April 27th was caused by Metafilter linking to my Perfect Face Post. And the spikes in June were caused by Stumbleupon finding my Alternative Default Facebook Profiles (almost two years after posting them).

The top ten most visited posts published in 2012 are:

Find The Name Of Your Inner Sloth
Miss NASA Beauty Pageant
The Perfect Face
The Women Of Denver Don’t Really Look Like This
Rain Room
Hunger Games: The Most Accurate Maps Of Panem
Names And Types Of Full Moons
Top 100 Best Children’s Books
Brooke Shields And Punk Rock

Referring sites sent a smaller percentage of the total visits to Artifacting this year. In 2012 there were 261,471 referred visitors arriving from 2,097 different sources. Below is a chart of referrals to Artifacting throughout 2011.

Unique Visitors From Referring Sites 2012

The top ten referring sites to Artifacting (with search engines removed) during 2012 were:

Yahoo Answers
Dark Roasted Blend

This is the first year since I’ve been tracking that Boing Boing didn’t make my top 10 referral list and the first year that Buzzfeed actually did make the list. I also think it’s interesting that Yahoo Answers has been in the top three referrers for the last four years.

General stats for Artifacting are as follows:

Year # Of Posts Avg. Length Of Posts Total Length Of All Posts Comments (Mine)
2012 88 2,093 184,142 273 (7)
2011 96 3,369 323,412 304 (13)
2010 172 1,900 326,775 326 (20)
2009 105 1,828 191,907 285 (19)
2008 135 956 129,117 363 (34)
2007 248 835 207,145 568 (124)
2006 221 927 204,804 536 (122)
2005 39 1,392 54,292 295 (0)
2004 117 1,673 195,757 955 (0)
2003 144 1,473 212,112 701 (0)

If you’re interested I also have the same stats for 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

2012: My Year In Cities & Towns

My travel was light again this year. Below is a list of cities and towns I’ve visited in 2012. I spent one or more nights in each place listed and those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days.

Edwards, CO*
Niwot, CO*
Vail, CO*
Las Vegas, NV
Buford, CO
Rifle, CO*
Jacksonville, FL
Aspen/Snowmass, CO

I also have city and town lists for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

2012: My Year In Photos

2012 was the year of the camera-phone for me. I experimented with Instagram, and Flickr as well as some non-social camera apps. I didn’t take as many photographs as usual this year. I definitely didn’t upload as many images to the web as in previous years.

Despite not having posted many photos this year, I did manage to get a credited photo in this Norwegian documentary about the 911 site and a credited video in NYMagazine during 2012.

Anyway, below are the most popular photos I posted to Flickr over the past year.

Nothing but bacon and sriracha

Broken dinosaur

Home is where the heat is

Rooftops & Telephone Wires

Eclipse Shadows

Despite not having posted many photos this year, I did manage to get a credited photo in this Norwegian documentary about the 911 site and a credited video in NYMagazine during 2012.

2012: My Year In Books

I did a little more reading this year than last but still not a lot. Books finished in 2012 include:

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Here are my lists for 2011 and 2010. I keep track of my reading on Library Thing and Goodreads so be sure to go over there and mark me as a friend if your interested.

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