A Year in Review: Happy New Year!

It’s the last day of 2012 and it’s been one roller coaster of a year: both for me and the rest of the world. I want to recap some of the stories from 2012 as well as some of the statistics of Opinionated Duck. Please join me in celebrating a year which will forever be a bumpy yet spectacular year in my books. On this new year, be someone that you yourself can admire.

I hope that whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, the start to the New Year is a great one for you. 2012 is coming to an end and it brought it’s fair share of good moments, heartbreaking moments, bad moments and downright spectacular moments. Because of this, I ask you to join me in gladly bidding farewell to 2012 and welcoming 2013, what hopes to be another wonderful year!

Most Memorable Events in 2012

I’ve summed up some of the most memorable moments of 2012 in this section of the post. I know I’ve probably left some out but these are the ones that stuck out in my mind.

2012 USA Election

The world watched President Barack Obama earn a second term in the White House after defeating his Republican opposition, Mitt Romney. The USA’s first black president was re-elected, vowing to finish the job he started four years ago.

Hurricane Sandy

In a year mostly dominated by a presidential election and the London 2012 Olympics, November was the month that Mother Nature reminded us of the authority she held, bringing Hurricane Sandy sweeping through the East Coast of USA. The super-storm left 128 people dead, caused an estimated $71 billion in damage, flooded the subway and left most homes without electricty or even running water.

A Space Jump to Remember

Base jumper Felix Baumgartner made history on October 14th. Baumgartner, sponsered by Red Bull, performed a record-breaking free-fall jump after five years of training,

Neil Armstrong Remembered

Neil Armstrong, who took “one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind” by landing on the moon in 1969, died at the age of 82. He sadly passed just 19 days afters the Mars rover landed.

London 2012 Olympics

London Olympics proved a bigger success than expected, London proudly pulling off what I think as a wonderful games accompanied by a great Opening and Closing ceremony. I believe that these games will be an Olympics to remember and that the team that organised the Olympics have done Great Britain Proud.

Usain Bolt (right) and Mo Farah (left) celebrate at the London Olympics. You can see Mo Farah adopting Bolt’s famous ‘bolt’ move and Bolt mimicking Farah’s ‘mobot’ move. True sportsmanship.

Annual Report for Opinionated Duck

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

Crunchy numbers

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.

In 2012, there were 114 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 74 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 30 MB. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 5th with 246views. The most popular post that day was Today is Sunday. But No Ordinary Sunday..

Attractions in 2012

These are the top five posts that got the most views in 2012.

Where did they come from?

The visitors came from a total of 101 countries, the most visitors coming from the United States shortly followed by the United Kingdom and Canada.

There’s nothing left for me to say other than leave you with a few quotes that mirror my feelings in the present moment. Happy New Year, celebrate it wisely and best wishes for 2013!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” – Neil Gaiman

“Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“I’m gonna order a pizza 5 minutes before the new year and when they arrive I’ll say ‘I ordered this damn pizza a year ago!'” – Unknown

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called ‘Opportunity’ and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith L. Pierce

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