It’s that time again, when navel-gazing pundits everywhere compile their Best Of or Top 10 lists of movies, political stories, books or bloopers for the year that’s just about to slip away. Same here at Heart Sisters. So let’s take a nostalgic look backwards today at 2014, at what I like to describe as “cardiac rehab for my brain”. This blog was viewed about 900,000 times in 2014. My WordPress helper monkeys behind the scenes tell me that if this were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 39 days for that many people to see it! Grand total of Heart Sisters views is over 2 million from readers in 190 countries since I launched this site back in 2009.
But first, I wish a very Happy New Year to my readers, especially to:
- those of you who choose to share what you read here with your colleagues, families or your health care professionals
- those who follow me on social media (including the 150+ physicians who follow me on Twitter)
- my blog subscribers (you can become one too by clicking on Sign Me Up! under Follow Heart Sisters on the right hand side bar here – you’ll get free email notifications of each new post, and I’ll never do anything evil with your email info)
- those who have generously shared your heartfelt, inspiring and so often entertaining personal comments here – I love hearing from you!
- all women living with heart disease: you are not alone!
Now here’s that 2014 Top 10 list of the most widely-read Heart Sisters posts:
7. the other two posts are:
Other 2014 stats tidbits from my WordPress helper monkeys about this site:
♥ Most Visitor Traffic in One Day: 8,919 views on December 8, 2014. Over 2,100 of these people were here to read my article on women’s early warning signs of heart attack (see #2 above).
♥ Average Daily Traffic Has Gone Crazy in 2014! One year ago, the average number of views per day in December was about 500. This year, it’s 7,246. I think December 8th (see above) might have skewed those stats somewhat – but even earlier months this year were a bit crazy – e.g. November’s average daily views: 5,423 this year, compared to 561 last November. Whaaaaat…?!?
♥ My visitors came from 190 countries. By far, most of my readers live in the U.S.A. – five times more than in the second place U.K. Canadians were in third place, followed by Australia, India, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, and Singapore.
♥ How my blog readers found me: most often by doing internet searches, almost all of them via Google. The words most frequently Googled: “heart attack signs for women” and “arm pain”. In 2014, more people landed here by following links posted on Twitter, beating out Facebook referrals for the second year in a row.
♥ Readers who like to leave comments: Turns out that 6 a.m. is the most active time of day for commenters. The blog posts that drew the most comments from readers this year were Misdiagnosed: Women’s Coronary Microvascular and Spasm Pain, closely followed by “We Are All Patients.” No, You’re Not. (a version of which was also picked up by the British Medical Journal on January 14th this year!) I learn an awful lot from my commenters (even the exasperated reader who once wrote: “Carolyn, who cares what YOU think?”)
♥ Speaking of guest posts . . . Besides that British Medical Journal post, a number of Heart Sisters articles were picked up and republished as guest posts this past year by other sites. These include:
- Carolyn Thomas: My Experience of Patient Peer Review – also in the British Medical Journal
- The Day I Made Peace with an Errant Organ
- Misdiagnosis: Is it What Doctors Think, or HOW They Think?
- When Drugs That Help Turn Into Drugs That Harm
- Why Does Your Arm Hurt During a Heart Attack?
- Heart Sisters: A Patient Voice in the Fight Against Heart Disease in Women
- Why Physicians Must Stop Saying: “We Are All Patients – British Medical Journal
- A Patient Responds to What ‘Experts’ Say About Patient Engagement
- Caring for the Whole Patient
- Confessions of a Non-Compliant Patient
- Is Your Doctor Paying Attention?
♥ Heart Sisters in the media! In 2014, I was interviewed for the following media stories:
- Carolyn Thomas: Heart Health Month – CBC Radio “North By Northwest”
- Take Heart – Oak Bay News
- The Heart Attack Gender Gap – “The National” CBC-TV News
- Midnight Friends: How Wired Patients Are Transforming Chronic Illness – NPR “Commonhealth”, WBUR Boston
- Heart Disease Killing More Women Than Men – Cowichan News Leader
- Nine Tips for Sharing Information With Your Physician – Medivisor
- Heart Disease Isn’t Just For Men, After All – The Globe and Mail
- Video Games and Health – Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Anthology (a biennial book series: starts on page 22)
- The Surprising Way to Stay Safe in Hospital – Consumer Reports (perhaps not surprisingly, in the Don’t Worry About Being a Pest section)
Thanks so much, dear readers, for your support and interest in what I’ve been writing about here, and best wishes to you for good health and many happy adventures in 2015 . . .