Hi All- Taking a day off to look back, and look forward to what we’ll be looking back on this year.

One fun thing about using a wordpress platform for a website is the end of year stat summary. Nice knowing where HI stands.

WordPress says: About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 250,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Stories summary…

The busiest day of the year was April 5th with 1,837 views. What story was driving most of that traffic? Indianapolis Then and Now: Ritz Theatre 3422 N. Illinois Street. (Thank you, contributor Joan Hostetler!)

The overall top 5 most read articles of 2012:

A few other top highlights of the 2012–in no particular order and apologies for not being able to itemize every detail–it was an amazing year, after all:

  • Historic Indianapolis.com being voted Nuvo’s Best blog/ website of 2012 by you fabulous readers
  • First live event “The Pajama Game” (late night scavenger hunt at City Market) with over 250 attendees
  • Being one of the presenters at the Indy Talks “Re-Envisioning the Future of Indiana Avenue” at the Madame Walker Theatre Center.
  • The cover shoot for the July 4, 2012 Nuvo cover
  • Starting a weekly contributor segment on WISH TV
  • The HI facebook page broke 7,300 before the stroke of midnight on 12/31/12
  • Getting more voices/ writers/ contributors to HI–no one wants to hear from just one person (I certainly don’t) and I am honored to have such talented people contributing to this website. I am deeply grateful to every HI contributor since the website’s inception–you have all made Indy a better place through your work and sharing your passion.
  • Sponsors! This website cannot exist without them. 2012 supporters include: Core Redevelopment, Harry Cangany and Associates, Axia Urban, Realtor-Larry Gregerson of Century 21 Scheetz on the Avenue, Stout’s Shoes, INHP, Fraizer Designs and KLF Legal. *Your support of these businesses if and where you can would be so greatly appreciated*
  • The HI audience- I am so grateful to help fuel interest in our city’s history and heritage and thank all of you for visiting, commenting, donating, buying fundraiser t-shirts, saying hello at events, telling friends about HI, and allowing me to share my love letters to Indy with you all.

Look for in 2013:

  • Finding more ways to inspire, motivate and drive you to have deeper connections with our fabulous capital city. Better, richer, deeper, more!
  • More public events–next one is scheduled at the Athenaeum on Saturday 1/26/2012 –time to get into our favorite historic spaces and see them with renewed eyes.
  • More collaborations with other local entities looking to make Indianapolis the envy of all others (much love to our friends at DoItIndy, Yelp, SunKing Brewing, Pattern and many more)
  • HI’s bi-weekly newsletter
  • More ways for you to get involved/ active participation from the audience–we are looking for photos, stories, addresses, suggestions. Our email box is always open! Email historicindianapolis (at) yahoo.com any old time, or fill out the contact form on this website.
  • Contributing in some way to the 2013 National Trust Convention that will be in Indianapolis in the fall.
  • An article in PATTERN Magazine about Indy Fashion and Transit
  • Switching it up now and then. Sorta like this piece right here.
  • Lots more photos, stories, and inspiration to help you fall in love with Indianapolis through its history- 7 days a week!

Wishing you all as much joy and love as you can handle in 2013; hope to see you along the way!

Accidental photo…climbing back down the spiral stairs at the top of the Capitol building.