2014 was another great year. I broke it down by social media entity below and would like to thank everyone that helped along the way. I hope you enjoyed the content. I do it for myself, for me to remember and find inspiration in the lives of those that have lived brave, powerful, artistic, unapologetic, creative, big lives. If along the way, one of them inspires you too, then all the better. We owe it to all of them to not be small, to be big and go out there and drain every last ounce of life out of it. We are the stars in our lives, not the supporting actors. Go out there and be a star.
The Waldina Annual Report has been released. You can view the fancy version at HERE (there are fireworks). This year, on Waldina, I focused mostly on celebrating the birthdays of the people that inspire me. I really tried to focus on the positive life lessons that can be learned from them and chronicling their life stories. I am sure that it is no surprise that from time to time, I am crippled with nostalgia and fear that we will forget who people were and what their contributions to the world have done for us. When I think about people not knowing who Edith Head, Paul Klee, Francis Farmer, and the countless others I keep close in my mind, it freaks me out. That is why I keep remembering for myself. I can only control if I remember, but maybe by making a blog about it, others can remember and learn from them too.
Total visits in 2014: 50,103
Total All time visits: 149,766
Total Comments: 2,936
Most Popular Post of 2014 with 1,139 views: Banned Books That Shaped America: Catch-22
Total Posts: 1,390
Most Popular All Time Post: Irving Paul “Swifty” Lazar – Style Icon
Total Subscribers: 375
The RicardoDuque.com stats are also in. I started the blog in August of this year and it has been growing and growing. The key is to streamline a lot of the cross-promotion from the blog to his Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/Instagram. Go to the homepage and click on the plus symbol to be added to the mailing list. Every time I post a new painting by Rick, you will be the first to see it. You will automatically know of the dates and locations of all the latest gallery shows. What’s not to like?
Total Visits: 1,517
Total Posts: 48
Total Subscribers: 24
On Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I post and repost anything and everything that I find interesting. I have no format as to what I can post and what I can’t like I do on Waldina. I post a lot of art that inspires me, I post photographs that I like, I post videos that I find interesting.
Total Subscribers: 272
Total Posts: 3,538
I have mixed feelings about Twitter. I feel like it is nothing more than an opt-in agreement for a lot of marketing that I do not want. I am not selling anything, so why bother? But at the same time, it is really not doing any harm and it is still better than Facebook. Here are the stats for @TheRealSPA on Twitter:
Total Followers: 357
Total Following: 364
Total Tweets (I still have them automatically deleted when they reach 31 days old, to protect freshness and I fear a huge archive of bullshit tweets): 170
On @TheRealSPA on Instagram, I have figured out a way to post photos of the people whose birthdays I am celebrating on Waldina and include a short bio about them. I am really liking it more and more because of that. Prior to this addition, it was getting a bit heavy of photos of my dog Scraps. While he is totally adorable and worthy of his very own Instagram (if I had that sort of free time), I like more of a freshness and variety.
Total Posts: 290
Total Followers: 159
Total Following: 188
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