The Stir just turned 1 -- Happy Birthday to us! -- and sure, we've been whooping it up all week, but it's also been a time of reflection. There's nothing like a birthday to make you look back on the past year and a) marvel at how fast it went by; b) wonder what the heck you did; and c) run out and buy some anti-wrinkle cream. Fortunately, in these highly technological times, every little thing we've done at The Stir is right at our fingertips.
We know exactly what we were writing about. We know what you liked and what you didn't. We know what made you laugh, what made you cry, what made you mad, and what made you really really really mad. Every minute of it has been a blast for us (well, except for the making you mad part), and we've got to say we're pretty darn proud of our accomplishments. We'd also like to say thanks, because we couldn't have done it without you.
And now, whether you've been with us from the beginning or are reading us for the first time, we'd like to share a few of the year's highlights with you.
We give you The Stir by the numbers:
5: Number of posts in our year's top 10 most popular that had to do with the zodiac changing. Hey, what's your sign?
1108: Number of comments on the post "Doula Loses Everything in Fire: Help Us Help Her!" When it comes right down to it, you're all ready and willing to help another mom in need.
279: Comments on the post "The Sexual Bucket List: 50 Things to Do Sexually Before You Die." Loved it or hated it, you guys all had something to say. By the way, how's your bucket list going?
28: Bloggers at The Stir. Find out all our dirty little secrets in our bios. (That is, if you don't know enough about us already.)
1: Male bloggers at The Stir. Have you read Andrew Dalton yet?
26: Mentions we've made of kid celebrity and mini fashionista Suri Cruise and 13: Posts we've written on Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. Are you on Team Shiloh or Team Suri for cutest celebrity kid?
124: Times we've written about Sarah Palin.
1: Promises we've made to stop writing about Sarah Palin. Um ...
16,000+: Approximate number of posts our hard-working bloggers have written this year. How many have you read?
307: Times we've written about breastfeeding -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.
27: Blog posts we've written about circumcision, which, by the way, are our posts most commented on by men.
13: Readers who view rainbow pancakes as death on a plate or, alternatively, child abuse.
272: Number of posts on the Real Housewives. No matter where they live -- Atlanta, Orange County, Beverly Hills, you guys can't seem to get enough of these ladies.
5: Wild commenters who dished about The Stir with us.
1: Number of sexy, female Russian spies -- Anna Chapman -- that captivated Stir readers (and bloggers).
6: Famous guys who were accused of sexual harassment in the past year (well, the ones we wrote about) -- Al Gore, Ron Franklin, David Boreanaz, Steven Seagal, Casey Affleck (wow, really?), Dov Charney.
3: Number out of all our millions of readers -- those who 'fessed up anyway -- who say, yes, they would like to try drinking horse semen.
1: The number of years the hottest blog for moms, The Stir, has been around. Happy Birthday to us. We look forward to celebrating many more!
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