2011 in review


Thanks to everyone who read the blog and spread the word in 2011. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog that I thought might interest some of you. Best wished to all for a healthy and prosperous 2012.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Showing 11 comments

  • Steve Peterson

    Sounds great Jim. Kep up the writings, very enjoyable to read.

  • Cindy

    I’ve so enjoyed your postings, my friend. Looking forward to more in 2012.

  • Patrick

    Sorry to say that even though I read every word you wrote on your blog, I don’t think I hit it more than a couple of times. I get your postings via my Google Reader and your RSS feed. I’m pretty sure your stuff is read 10x more than the blog hits.

  • David

    I am not at all surprised by these stats. Quality writing with interesting stories, based on real life experiences, really draws the reader in and holds their interest, all the while making them long for more. Keep it up Jim. Best wishes for the new year.

  • Hal Ardell

    Jim, I consider you a good friend who has a unique talent of re-inventing himself. You spent your adult life policing and have gathered that harvest so that the rest of us might enjoy reflecting upon your life’s experiences. They were unique, indeed. Now it’s time for you to take the next step in novel or perhaps script form. Keep up the torch burning, the light is getting brighter.

  • Paul Zolig

    Jim, looking forward to more of your stories in 2012, they bring back memories that often make me smile.

  • Rich

    Thanks Jim for all the great stories. Please keep them coming in 2012. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  • Rich Rostrom

    34K hits?

    The quality of the material and the presentation deserve a much larger audience.

    I don’t visit often, but I’m never disappointed.

    • jimpadar

      Thanks Rich, I appreciate your comments.I think, in reality, that I’m probably getting at least double what the figures show. Email subscribers get each story delivered directly to their email box and others have subscribed to RSS feeds through clients like Google Reader. None of that counts on the “viewmeter.” You can help by letting others know that you enjoy the site. Thanks again!

  • George Mastovich

    At the time of the bleed-out story I worked Emergency Protective Services for DCFS at 1026 S. Damen. I was very familiar with both the Maxwell St. Station and the Henry Horner Homes. I worked the 3-11 shift.

    You have a great hand with a story. I’ve really enjoyed your stuff. It makes me recall some interesting stuff. But you have to have a good talent for storytelling, as you do. Otherwise you end up with people throwing up.

    I remember that one of my more interesting Child Abuse murders was investigated by Homicide/Sex out of Maxwell St. That place sure could have used a/c.


    • jimpadar

      Hi George,
      We may have crossed paths at Maxwell Street. The most heartbreaking murders I worked were those of children, very young children. Even this many years later, I hesitate to write them, they are just too disturbing.

      Thanks for your compliments and I’m glad I may have rekindled some memories.

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