The World According To Cristian Mihai

world2012 was a crazy, crazy year for me. Crazy in a good way, and because it’s almost over (or, really, really over if the Mayans were right), I’m going to write a sort of retrospective about what happened this year.

First, let’s see what Cristian Mihai, the writer, did.

I self-published 2 short stories, 2 novels, and a collection of essays on art and writing. Of course, the most successful was Jazzboth commercially and critically, so to speak. It currently holds a 4.9 rating on Amazon, based on 8 reviews. It also has a 4.2 rating on Smashwords, based on 5 reviews, and a 4.00 rating on Goodreadswhere it received 10 reviews and 12 ratings.

As a self-publisher, my goal was to have a rating of 3 stars or more on all my stories, which I succeeded in doing. For a young, very aspiring, very Romanian writer like myself, that’s more than enough. And it should be for most self-publishers. You can’t please everyone, and in the end… the best of books always divide people… you either love them or hate them. Or at least, that’s what I think.

Then, as a blogger, this was a fantastic year.

Here are a couple of interesting statistics:

  • I got Freshly Pressed.
  • This blog was read by people in 187 different countries. The USA is number one in terms of visitors. The United Kingdom came in second, Canada third. The last spot, with one visitor, was claimed by Dominica, followed by Somalia, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Mali.
  • This year I wrote 193 blog posts, the most popular post being The Portrait of a Writer (1) – 12,768 views, 2,274 likes, 385 comments, and 164 shares. In fact, this post is the most liked, commented, and shared post on this blog.
  • Total comments: 10,673 comments.
  • A total number of shares of 3770. Twitter ranked first among social networks, with 874 shares, followed closely by Facebook, with 829. Tumblr and Pininterest came in third and fourth, with 298 shares each.

The numbers say that I must have had a pretty awesome year. That people liked what they found here, that they enjoyed reading these posts. That’s what the numbers say, but the thing is that I stopped being good with numbers in the sixth grade, which is one of the many reasons I decided to become a writer.

So what do the numbers tell me? That I had loads of fun. I made a lot of friends and got to connect with people from around the world, got to better understand how the artistic process works, how other artists function, and if I were to choose what’s the best thing I learned this year I’d say it was the realization that I’m not as alone as I thought.

There are many others just like me, fantastic artists who want the same things as me, writers who write in the middle of the night, just like me. Writers who just write, because they have to, because they feel the world needs to hear what they have to say. No matter the price they have to pay for this.

And that’s something most people will never get to see when they read the numbers. That’s why you can call it a cold statistic…

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This blog post was written by Cristian Mihai, a self-published writer, blogger, and founder of newly launched irevuo.coman online magazine dedicated to promoting indie artists. Odds are that he lives somewhere far away from you. And he’s extremely grateful that you read this post.

36 comments on “The World According To Cristian Mihai

  1. Pluma says:

    Amazing! May you have a blast this coming year!

  2. Joy is now says:

    2012 sure does sound like a fantastic year. I dream of my map being almost filled like that! Well done! I keep note of every time a new country checks my blog out. I am up to 37 countries in one month since using tags. That is such a joy even if some days I get less than 10 views. Who cares? Not my ego any more thank goodness. I had no idea you write at night. Mine are from 6am to 7.30. I wonder what is the most common time period? Hugs and you rock Cristian!

  3. Congratulations on a successful 2012. You set your personal bar pretty high for '13. Good luck.

  4. learnitalianforfun says:

    Congratz on your successful year!

  5. CuteJanessa says:

    I think this is what has made your blog such a success. The desire to write just to write!

  6. Wow that's great.

    Next year will be even better.

  7. shekinah419 says:

    Congratulations on a great year!!!

  8. Bupe Rose says:

    Congratz! Here's to the entire map being populated in 2013 :)

  9. I like that the first thing you listed after "What do the numbers tell me?"…was that you had a load of fun. You can tell by your work and the passion you display that you enjoy it. Congratulations on a great 2012!

  10. amoonfull says:

    You're awesome! :-)

  11. Scott (aka Table97) says:

    I hope 2013 is an even greater year for you! Blessings from a US follower.

  12. Well done! A fantastic year, and I like the fact that you've used your blog to summarise your achievements :) Hope next year's even better for you!

  13. Good for you! You are an inspiration :)

  14. Very impressive stats! You work hard and it pays off. :)

  15. OMG! wow, my husband and I often compare our world maps…we are both in shock, staring at this image of your countries.

    Kudos, congrats, well done, way to go and way to inspire!

  16. A stellar year. :-) Congratulations! I think the best part though is that you truly enjoy writing – addicting, isn't it?

  17. Well done, what a fantastic year! 2013 (if the Mayans let it arrive, of course) should be stunning. I enjoyed your blog & look forward to more.

    Tony

  18. The best thoughts come in the middle of the night…this is why I refuse to go to bed without a notepad and a pen close by. Way to spread the inspiration!

  19. Congratulations Cristian! And I agree with you. It's not the numbers but the people we come to know. That's the real joy of blogging. Much success in your writing ventures this year.

    Warmth and Peace

  20. Congratulations on your year! Our's was fantastic, too because we got a grandchild.

  21. bxljenny says:

    Multu mesc! Looking forward to reading more of you in 2013! Happy holidays!

  22. Karabo Matome says:

    Im from South Africa, take that too but great work

  23. pixelrites says:

    A great 2012 ! May 2013 shine on for you. Best wishes

  24. Kate says:

    Congratulations on a phenomenal year!

  25. Jim Brennan says:

    Honesty and passion is what draws readers, you possess both.

  26. Piscis says:

    Sounds like a year well done. Keep it up for the next!

  27. Hoping you'll have many more like this year! Phoo on those 2012 defeatists! ;)

  28. Kavi says:

    Congrats! Looks like it was a stellar year for you. Best of luck in 2013.

  29. The numbers say it all Christian. Well done!

  30. rusty says:

    Congrats and to a better 2013!

  31. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

  32. colormusing says:

    Congratulations on your so-successful year– and in advance for even more fun/accomplishments in 2013!!

  33. Congratulations on an awesomely productive and successful year! You are inspiring this grandmother to spend more time on her writing!

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