At the end of each year, our blogging platform – WordPress – provides a summary of the year’s activity. It gives us the chance to say ‘thank you’ to all of you who read our blog, looking backwards while looking forwards. Please click here if you would like to see our review post from 2011. Strangely, as you’ll notice, there is some overlap.
The busiest day on the blog this year was September 12. This was around the time Salafi Muslims breached the US Embassy in Cairo, burned the American flag, and replaced it with a black flag of Islam. Many of you turned in to check our safety; others just came to see the news. All was well, as I hope our post conveyed. To review, please click here for Salafis, Muslim Youth Protest anti-Muhammad Film at US Embassy.
This post, however, was only the third most popular over the course of the year. Top honors went to:
- Applying the Cross (On Your Wrist) – Written in April, this post featured a tattoo parlor in a local Coptic Orthodox church. Most Coptic Christians mark their religious identity with a permanent imprint, something our four year old daughter imitated with pen ink in 2010. Click here for that post, which was a favorite from 2011, falling to 6th in 2012.
- Christians in the Sinai – Written in January, this post featured information gained from the Coptic Orthodox bishop resident near the Gaza border. At the time of its writing there was low level tension in the area, but as the year went on and troubles increased, Google searches brought many readers here. It may be one of the few articles that describes the Christian community there.
- Statement of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Leaders of the Evangelical Church in Egypt – Written in April, this is simply a copy of an otherwise little-known agreement between the two. Many different publications picked up on it and linked to it from here, as it is not available elsewhere on the internet. But if tension continues to increase between the Brotherhood and Egypt’s Christians, it will be good to come back here and see if they are honoring their promise.
- Rafik Habib: On Sharia, State, and Christianity – Written in April 2011, this is a repeat winner from last year’s most popular blogs. Habib has been in the news first as a Christian VP of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, and then again when he resigned during the controversy over President Morsi’s power grab to avoid judicial oversight. Perhaps he will not repeat again in 2013 if he drops out of the limelight, but please click here to read my essay lauding his presence among the Islamists.
2012 was a very noteworthy year for Egypt, and perhaps it brought more attention to this blog that would otherwise be warranted. But we can celebrate with you that daily viewership doubled over the same period from 2011, which had previously doubled over 2010. Thank you very much!
WordPress also began tracking the location of visitors starting in February of this year. The United States, perhaps fittingly given our nationality, was by far in the lead. Egypt, we are thankful to report, was second, followed by the UK, Australia, and Candad.
Among other Arab nations Jordan ranked 7th, the UAE 14th, Saudi Arabia 18th, and Lebanon 26th. Though not Arab, we even had one reader from Tajikistan.
Of course, the blogging highlight of the year was welcoming our son Alexander to Egypt. In this post we introduced his possible names, here we revealed the choice and first pictures, and here we shared his Subuu3 party with friends from around the world.
In the coming year we are trying to make up our mind about keeping or shelving the News Links and Arabic Links updates listed at the top of the blog. These are very useful for me to review, and don’t take that much time to copy and paste. But not too many people click on them, so if you find them helpful, please let me know.
We may also see about providing smaller updates featuring interesting news developments, without pictures. These would appear beneath the slideshow banner, which was fun to add this year. That section would continue to feature longer articles and excerpts from those published professionally.
Do you have any other suggestions for us this coming year? We’re happy to share what we learn about Egypt, reflecting the very precious sense of belonging we have for this nation. May God bless Egypt and all our readers in 2013.
- 2011 Blog Statistics Review – January 2, 2012