2013: in review
Where do I start?
Photo from my trip to Aldwych Underground station in November.
Let’s start with numbers.
The most popular post of 2013 was the publication of a rare DJ set from The Avalanches (I can thank Josh Russell and an appearance on Reddit for that particular bump), and coming in at a close second was my super excited review of PACIFIC RIM back in July.
Overall, stats-wise, 2013’s numbers are down on 2012’s. As you can see below –
This is down to a number of things. First off, in 2012 I wrote up ‘Five things on Friday‘ every single week, without fail (maybe I should bring that back for 2014). Blogging regularly increases traffic – who knew?
That lift in 2012 combined with a general decrease in posts this year means the disparity is quite large. I’m not kidding on the post decrease either. YOY 2013 has seen my lowest publishing rate for some time. The lowest in seven years in fact.
[more here, thanks Jetpack]
So why the dip in output? 2013 has been a very busy year.
I’ve had pretty much had two jobs for most of 2013 (this is changing next month, but more on that in the New Year – shh), which has been as fantastic as it has challenging. From awesome travel brands kicking ass on Twitter, through to award-winning innovations for an online furniture retailer. To say 2013 had been ‘a bit full on’, would be an understatement – but in the best of ways.
I’m staying true to my mantra of ‘Great work, with inspiring people‘ – and long may it continue.
This time 12mths ago, I set out two very public ambitions. Speaking and Running. How did I do? In the former I set out to beat 2012’s rather lacklustre total of THREE and at least match 2011’s total of SIX.
Looking back over 2013, it looks like I topped out at a grand total of TEN. Each one unique in its own way and each one different from the one before. If you helped me achieve this goal in 2013, then thank you very much – I am chuffed that I managed to beat it so definitively.
On the running front, I started on Jan 1st 2013 at zero. I’m finishing on Dec 31st at 228km, with a couple of charity efforts in there for good measure.
Highlights? The British 10k for CALM and completing the Tough Mudder with Team Expedia at Ogilvy. Again, if you helped me achieve this goal in 2013 – then thank you. I feel an enormous sense of achievement, and I couldn’t have done it without you.
In the New Year I intend to continue these two even further. The speaking one I’ll continue plugging away at it – it isn’t the number of gigs, it’s the intention to keep doing them (and I’ve already got three pencilled in for 2014, and I figure that should be my baseline). And on the running front, I fully intend to smash the 300k marker for 2014.
Hurrah and hurrah again.
In the summer of 2012 I wrote three social media predictions for 2013. Let’s review:
Prediction 1: The outsourcing of community management to emerging markets
I’ve got no proof of this happening yet. But I still think it will, if it hasn’t already (and I just haven’t seen it).
Prediction 2: 2screening + Advertising
The big thing I covered here was about ‘super micro targeting’, eg: Twitter allowing media planners to buy against actual TV shows. BOOM.
Precition 3: 4G networks spurring further innovation
I think I might have been a bit too hopeful on this front. 4G isn’t really hitting the ground here in the UK quite yet, so maybe it’ll be another year or so until it bears fruit.
Final score? 1/3.
Rubbish. My predictions for next year are out, hopefully I’ll do better next time.
FILM & MUSIC & GAMING
Film: I really went for it this year, I saw loads but managed an average of one write up a month (12 film reviews).
Music: Spotify’s got me covered.
Gaming: I jumped off the Xbox ship and went for the PlayStation 4.
You should do the same.
ADDITIONAL BITS AND BOBS
- I finally got ’round to launching that Empty Underground website I’d been noodling for a while.
- Managed to bag a regular column at The Drum.
- Continued with The Voicemail for our first full year, with a fairly decent growth in listeners to boot.
- Had an amazing Halloween.
- Appeared on stage in the West End.
- The best two-stage holiday, EVER (Edinburgh + Helsinki) – thank you, Robbie and Robin.
- Had an awful lot of fun penning a comedy Tumblr.
- Discovered and made many new friends (but these three people stand out).
- Successfully ran quite possibly the largest event I’ve ever attempted (with an awesome partner to boot).
AND FINALLY: LIFE IN GENERAL
I’ll be honest, 2013 has been a veritable roller-coaster of a ride. With super high ups, and woefully low downs. At one point, I honestly didn’t know if I was going to make it out alive. But here I am, in spite of it all, still kicking and at the precipice of a whole new chapter.
Who knows how it will work out.
I made a decision a couple of years back to keep a fair chunk of my personal life offline, and I’m pleased to say that I’m sticking to it. My friends, my true friends know where it’s at – and that’s all that matters.
There are some amazing people out there that have helped me through this past year. Friends and colleagues, old and new – you know who you are.
Next year is a whole new adventure.
BRING. IT. ON.