Monday, January 2, 2012

Top Posts of 2011 and a Peek Behind the Scenes

Coming up with our monthly highlights of 2011 was a lot of fun. Scrolling back through the blog was a bit like a nostalgia-filled flip through an old yearbook (minus the braces and cringing). Some posts I like more than others. Which posts were the biggest hits with our readers this year? Thanks to Google Analytics, we have a countdown of the most viewed posts of 2011:

6. Recipe: Vegan Indian Eggplant with Lentils

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I was a huge fan of this original creation by Claudine, and apparently I was not the only one. We have received lots of positive feedback from readers who have replicated it around the world. No plans for dinner tonight? Consider giving this a try.

5. Monkey Business at Swayambu

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Recently we were talking to someone visiting Kathmandu who told us about her plan to visit the "Monkey Temple."
"Oh, you will love it!" we gushed. "You can get a taxi to the top, but make sure to take the stairs instead to see the monkeys on the way up."
"But are they vicious?" she asked. "I was attacked by a monkey once, and I have a healthy fear of them."
Well, perhaps the Monkey Temple is not for everyone. But this post was popular, so do not be afraid to check it out.

4. Guide to the Annapurna Circuit Trek: Tips of the Trail

Day 1: Besi Sahar to Bhulbule

We made the mistakes so you don't have to. You're welcome, world!

3. Tibetan Refugees in Pokhara: Part One

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If you have not read this two-part post, know that it documents one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. No biggie.

2. Guide to the Annapurna Circuit Trek: Part One

Day 10: Descending from the Thorung Pass

So you want to see some mountains? Let us show you the way.

1. Above the Law

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1) Quit job in corporate law to move to Kathmandu. 2) Send departure email. 3) Get featured on popular legal blog. 4) Bathe in web traffic (but ignore the haters).

And just for fun (especially for the data nerds like me), here are some more blog traffic stats for 2011:
  • Average time spent on the site per visit: 3 minutes, 9 seconds
  • Number of countries represented by our visitors: 139
  • Countries that love us the most, in order:
    • United States
      • We had visitors from all 50 states in 2011!
        • Most love from: New York
        • Least: South Dakota (though we appreciate those 8 visits, Mount Rushmore State)
    • Nepal
    • United Kingdom
    • Canada
    • Australia
    • India
    • France
    • Hong Kong
    • Germany
    • Netherlands
    • A special shout out to our one visitor from Iran
  • We are still waiting for visits from:
    • Myanmar
    • North Korea
    • Yemen
    • Every 'stan other than Pakistan
  • 603 of our readers visited us over 200 times last year. We won't name names (though we have a few hunches), but please know that we appreciate each one of you. Writing this blog has been a blast, mostly because we get to share it with readers like you.

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