The last post of the year! It's been an excellent year all round – I thought that instead of doing a long post about goals etc, I'd count down the numbers that have been my life this year.

  • 1413307: the number of page views on my blog, as tracked by Google, from 130 countries – WOW!
  • 85421: the number of miles I flew on United
  • 71000: roughly the number of words in all my blog posts this year
  • 19058: the number of downloads of our MCM videos in the last 6 weeks (see here)
  • 11800: my current tweet total (including the one about this post)
  • 7600: roughly the number of emails I sent
  • 5901: the GeekBench score for my new laptop
  • 2255: the number of people who follow my ramblings on Twitter
  • 800: roughly the number of Facebook updates (I counted backwards to July then gave up)
  • 270: roughly the number of Word pages taken up by all my blog posts this year
  • 149: the number of nights away from home
  • 125: the number of blog posts I wrote on this blog (including this post)
  • 121: the number of photos I posted in travel posts
  • 100: probably the number of times I said I'd never get an iPhone, before buying one in January :-)
  • 71: roughly the most northern latitude we got to on our Russian Arctic trip
  • 68: the number of days I was teaching classes or presenting at conferences
  • 58: the number of pages in my free mythbusters PDF e-book
  • 54: the number of flights we took
  • 45: the number of books I read (see this post
  • 43: the number of new birds species I saw (taking my total to 396)
  • 25: the number of dives we did (taking my total to 96)
  • 20: the number of different hotels we stayed in
  • 12: the number of polar bears I saw in the wild
  • 10: the number of miles I walked around Beijing one day on my 3rd trip to China
  • 8: the number of digits in the vacuum fluorescent display clock I built 
  • 6: the number of countries we visited
  • 5: the number of top-10 rated PASS sessions by speakers
  • 4: the number of SQL or SharePoint MCM rotations I taught for Microsoft
  • 4: the number of blog posts about bald eagles
  • 3: the number of big Lego models I made
  • 2: the number of Fusion-io SSDs I was given to play with
  • 2: the number of new countries I visited (Cayman Islands and Russia, taking my total to 23)
  • 2: the number of wonderful daughters I have
  • 1: the number of new employees we hired – the fabulous Mr Brent Ozar!
  • 1: the number of whitepapers I wrote this year (see here)
  • 1: the position in the PASS 2010 session ratings of my Mythbusters talk
  • Finally, one: the number of perfect people in the world – Kimberly

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog, follows me on Twitter, sends me questions, watches our videos, comes to our classes, and generally makes being deeply involved in the SQL community a joy.

I sincerely wish you all a happy, healthy, and properous New Year!


(In the freezing cold about 20 miles north of Haines, AK while taking photos of bald eagles, back in November.)