2012 in Review at Redhaircrow.com

Considering its my birthday, and despite starting a 2nd week with the flu, I thought I’d share this site’s stats for my general post. A stat that stood out for me? I had visitors from 98 countries: thank you for taking the time to drop by.

No, I don’t have a great number of visitors compared to some, but my blog is about me, my thoughts, observations, etc. as well as the topics I choose to write about, which can certainly be subjective and which the average browser may not be interested in. I appreciate those who have taken the time to learn more about me as well as share their thoughts.

Year highlights 2012:

  • Published Enigma 2: Fighting The Man by Nephylim at Flying With Red Haircrow
  • Published Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World
  • Received Award Best LGBT Biography/Memoir for “Silence”
  • Published  Poetry in Assaracus Magazine by Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Published Contribution in “Varney the Vampire: A Literary Remix”
  • Signed Jeffrey Bolden, up-and-coming enthusiasm author, “All We Know Is Falling”

Songs of the Universal Vagabond has quite evolved from what it once was when I was first published by Dreamspinner and StarBooks Press and began it. A number of authors and readers came out to “see” me, but found I was far different than the average writer in those “genes” who may have been published with which they were familiar, for I kept my same name whatever venue or genre in which I write.  I also didn’t conform to a certain type in a variety of capacities, which caused some to direct negativity my way.

I have, however, been lucky that those who actually take the time to read my words without need to judge, without preconceived  notions or prejudices, and might actually ask a question and await an answer before judging have taken the time to comment here or other locations. I cannot tell you how complicated and disheartening it can be when you have individuals and groups you’ve never even heard of post messages to attack and deride you, yet with friends and new acquaintances, I was able to go over that though my health situation has been very problematic the last two years. This is only a part of the balance of my life, but even if it just online, I treat everyone the same, no one is lesser here to me just because they aren’t standing in front of me. I appreciate you.

Probably Native American topics will be the strongest for me, although the greater number of posts are about living in or being in Germany, which is where I am, yet being native….that goes with me, of course, and colors all I see and experience. That’s a good thing because it gives me greater tolerance, patience and willingness to listen. So…thank you all, each and every one of you, whether you clicked thru for negative or positive reasons: Songs of the Universal Vagabond is part of what I am. This is me, with all its complexities, subjects, themes, ideas and thoughts.

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.