2013: a Look Back

I never thought the birth year of a blog would be a big deal, but here I am, looking back on 2013 through the eyes of this blog, and thinking about all that has happened since I published my first post on May 25. I have been to car-related events in Michigan, California and Texas, gone to races in Sonoma, Houston and Austin, driven and/or ridden in Aston Martins, Jaguars, a Maserati, a Lotus, and a Rolls Royce, published an article on Jean Knows Cars, judged a British car showdriven Circuit of the Americas, taken a driving school, helped start a movement, etc., etc., etc.

It’s been kind of a full year.

Here are a few interesting statistics:

posts published: 123

Facebook fans: 141

Tweets twittered: 996

Instagram photos posted: 595

Number of countries in which the blog has been read: 48

Racing T-shirts acquired: 2

Circuit of the Americas cocktail glasses acquired: 3 (including one broken by Sasquatch)

Laps driven at  Circuit of the Americas: 10? Who was counting?! 😀

Animals harmed in the making of this blog: 1 (Felix stood on my laptop keyboard and got pushed off the table; the only injury was to his feelings, assuming he has any)

The year’s most popular posts:

1. Is That Your Car? – A Woman in a Porsche 911

2. The Sunday of Difficult Living

3. Strong Women: Cindy Olson Bourland

4. Let Them Drive

5. No Woman, No Drive

6. One Small Step for Woman

7. These Shoes Weren’t Made for Driving

8. What Does a Serial Killer Drive?

9. Origins

10. (tied) Co-Pilots

10. (tied) Hot Laps

And here are a few of my favorites:

The Next Generation – introducing my nephew, Wesley

Wickedest Car Names for Your Kid

The Myth of the Sub-$30k Luxury Car

M-Pressive – BMW track day!

Almost Famous

It Doesn’t Have to be a Revolution – women and cars

Favorite photo posts:

Ferrari 458 Challenge: the Photo Essay

Ladies in Red – the Red MINI and the Lotus Evora

First Look: Maserati Ghibli

Shaken and Stirred – an Aston Martin DB6

Day Two of Acronym Racing: WEC – in the pits with the World Endurance Championship

And, of course, ALL of the racing posts. 🙂

What were your favorites? Anything you would like to see more (or less) of next year? There should be a lot of fun things happening here in 2014. In addition to the car shows and races, I have some ideas/plans that I think you will enjoy. So stay tuned! And thanks for taking the ride.