As we celebrate the new year today, I thought it was a good time to look back on History By Zim’s 2012 year.
The website was visited in record numbers this year. In March, I posted about hitting the 100,000+ views milestone and eight months later, History By Zim is currently sitting at 600,000+ views.
On April 7th, History By Zim had it’s busiest day with 37,378 views that day (the site averages 500 views a day…). Someone shared Andrew Jackson’s Parrot over on Reddit and the post made it to the top of the day’s popular list.
Zim Around (Online) Town
This year, History By Zim created a Facebook page and Pinterest account. While Pinterest describes itself, over on the Facebook page, I post (almost) daily “On This Day” facts, quotes, news articles, videos and more.
In addition to being seen around various blogs and Tumblr pages, History By Zim was linked in an opinion article on the Los Angeles Times website on Halloween. They linked back to the Halloween in the White House post.
Yearly Fun Facts
- There were 207 new posts this year.
- In July, the website celebrated it’s first birthday.
- People in 184 countries have viewed History By Zim.
- The most commented on story was The true story behind the iconic V-J Day sailor and ‘nurse’ smooch.
Most viewed History By Zim posts:
- Andrew Jackson’s Parrot
- Lucille Ball
- Las Vegas
- Lincoln Logs
- Byzantine Architecture (yes, this one surprised me too…)
This year, I have been contacted frequently about many things. I’ve fielded e-mails from people requesting more information on specific topics or particular photos. Some have dropped me a line just to say they are enjoying the site. It’s always nice to know that this “little ole’ history site” is actually reaching people!
Back in May I posted about the origins of the Remembrance Poppy. In the post I discussed how Moina Belle Michael campaigned to get the poppy adopted as the national remembrance symbol and became known as the “Poppy Lady.” A few days later, I received an email from Barbara Walsh who was very happy I mentioned Moina Belle Michael because she had a personal connection with the “Poppy Lady.” Barbara actually wrote a beautiful children’s book about the “Poppy Lady” and was kind enough to send me a copy.
A few weeks ago, Smithsonian Books contacted me about whether History By Zim would be interested in doing a book review/feature of an upcoming title. I immediately agreed and The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia was released today if you want to buy a copy. I learned many new and interesting facts about some of the country’s past presidents that may be talked about here as the year progresses….
Onward to 2013!!
What you can look forward to this year:
But in all seriousness, thank you all for your continual support and enthusiasm for History By Zim. Thank you for your wonderful comments of encouragement and spelling/grammar corrections! I appreciate it more than words could ever express. This year, I hope to make History By Zim bigger and better than ever! I have a list of goals for the site that I intend to keep. One of which is to upload something at least once a day. I want to finish all the partial posts that have been sitting in the queue within the month. Additionally, I want to do more book/movie reviews as well as posting more about art. All in all, I intend to make 2013 a badass year for History By Zim . . . in a good way of course 🙂