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2011 haba na haba blogging in review

30 December 2011

I started 2011 with a commitment to write more, including here at haba na haba. Without a doubt, 2011 has been my best year of blogging thus far, with respect to number of blog posts written, popularity of the posts, and new connections to resources (i.e., other like-minded bloggers).

The increase in the blog’s popularity is bittersweet as much of the new traffic to haba na haba stems from writing on Malawi’s July 20th protests this year. July 21st saw the largest number of hits ever in haba na haba’s history and four of the top ten posts from 2011 were directly related to the protest.

2011’s top 10 posts (beyond the homepage) were:

Prior to 2011, the blog had been viewed 6,917 times (over roughly three-and-a-half years of blogging). In 2011 alone, haba na haba was viewed 25,118 times. A map of visitors shows a range of countries, with the US, Malawi, and the UK topping the list.

The top search keywords that brought readers to haba na haba were:

Facebook was the biggest referrer by a long shot, I think likely due to sharing about posts among Malawians. Twitter came in second. Google+ is not even in the same league. Big thanks to bloggers Alex Thurston (Sahel Blog) and Laura Seay (Texas in Africa) for also sending a lot of traffic to haba na haba.

I also owe a debt of gratitude to haba na haba readers. Please post in the comments what you’d like to read more of in 2012.

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