Some numbers from the first half of 2012

It’s hard to believe that the first half of 2012 is gone, bye-bye, seeyalater. I blinked and the year dashed by. Perception, I know, since time flows one second at a time, but still…

So a few interesting (to me) stats for the first half of the year, ending June 30:

Blogging and social networking:

  • I started 2012 with 442 Twitter followers. As of June 30, I was at an even 700.
  • I ended the first half of 2012 with just a hair over 150,000 direct visits to this site. That’s 150% more than all of 2011 combined.
  • Add in RSS hits and the number jumps to just under a quarter of a million visits.
  • I started 2012 with 144 active followers via Feedburner. As of June 30, I was at 417.


  • I read 134 pieces of short fiction
  • I read 16 books


  • I wrote 5 stories (complete drafts)
  • I made 4 submissions1
  • Committed more than 1.75 million keystrokes
Physical activity2
  • Walked 1,064,809 steps, or the equivalent of roughly 550 miles
  • Climbed the equivalent of 2,291 flights of stairs

Anyone else have interesting statistics for the first half of 2012?

  1. I sold one of those submissions, but word of that sale didn’t come until July 3, so it doesn’t count in the first half of the year.
  2. Based on 3 months worth of data.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.