In my 2012 year end review, my goal/hope was to double or triple my blog posting in 2013.
That didn’t happen. I made 57 posts this year, only up 10 from last year.
But to my surprise, the traffic tripled, and then some…
In 2012, Chris Beat Cancer got about 500,000 hits from 140,000 people.
In 2013, Chris Beat Cancer had over 1.7 million hits from 526,738 people!
Insane in the membrane.
I mean really, I can’t believe this blog reached over half a million people this year, but it did.
So what’s my secret? Nothing.
I really didn’t do anything different, or special. I just kept doing what I’ve been doing,
pursuing my passion to share information about health and healing.
I’ve always had a desire to timeline the significant events or accomplishments of each year of my life so I don’t forget them. And although I’ve yet to formally sit down and do this, here are a few highlights that come to mind from the last 12 years of adulthood…
In 2001 I graduated college and married Micah. In 2002 I got into real estate. In 2003 I got cancer. In 2004 I radically changed my diet and life. In 2005 Marin was born. In 2006 my band Arma Secreta released our first album, and we moved. In 2007 I got an iPhone (come on, it was kind of a big deal). In 2008 Mackenzie was born, and I had my 5-year cancerversary. In 2009… ok nothing comes to mind. Wow. Better research that one. In 2010 I started the Chris Beat Cancer blog. In 2011 Micah and I celebrated our 10-year anniversary, and I had my first health-related public speaking gig. In 2012 the second Arma Secreta album came out, and we moved again. Weird coincidence… or is it? And that brings us up to 2013.
Here are some noteworthy events (and firsts) for 2013:
-I went public with health coaching. Setting aside time for it every week.
It is now a big wonderful part of my life.
-I had my first major television appearance on The Ricki Lake Show.
And it went way better than I could have imagined. (Watch it here)
-I started working on a top secret project to be announced in 2014.
Stay tuned for that…
-I emceed an event, the Healing Strong conference in Atlanta, GA.
It was fantastic and I hope they do it again. (Suzy I know you’re reading this!)
-I rode in a hot air ballon for the first time with my mom and Marin (video here)
-Something I’m really proud of is being able to help David Michael spread the word about Sarah Hershberger, the 10 year old Amish girl who had to flee the country because Akron Childrens Hospital was trying to take her from her family and force her to take chemo. We raised money to support her family and as a result of our efforts (and yours too) the hospital backed down and is no longer pursuing her. Hopefully the court will drop the case and the family can come home.
More about that crazy story of medical tyranny here.
-December 2013 was monumental for two reasons.
It marks my 10 year cancerversary. Woo-hoo!
And Micah and I crossed an incredible milestone.
We have now been together in life longer than we have been apart. 18 years!
We started dating in December 1995 when we were 18.
We dated for 6 years and have been married for 12.
I am richly blessed to have this incredible woman by my side.
-And finally, in 2013 I got more attacks and criticism than ever before. Yay!
Don’t be afraid of criticism, it sharpens you.
The Lord has blessed our family this year and supplied all of our needs.
You were a big part of that. I could not have done this without your prayers,
support, encouragement and donations.
So with all my heart… THANK YOU.
Ok, enough of that sentimental mushy stuff.
Here are my 3 most popular blogs in 2013
None of which were actually written in 2013
Why I don’t race for the cure
I posted this video in 2012, but it really took off in Pinktober 2013 thanks to lots of sharing and reposting from you!
The top four cancer-fighting spices
I wrote this one in 2010, and it went viral in 2013, thanks to a mysterious social media share on Monday November 25th by someone with a huge following. I still have no idea who it was, but thank you whoever you are.
Healthy nuts and seeds you should eat every day
Yet another another post from 2010 that made a comeback this year. And it’s still a good one.
Here are my 5 most popular blogs of 2013 that I actually posted in 2013
My favorite plant-based protein powder
In this video I compare the three most popular brands based on price and quality.
Super healthy food we buy at Costco
Lots of organic and healthy foodstuffs to be had there.
And no, we are not super ultra grow-our-own-food or only-buy-from-co-ops people.
The top 10 anti-cancer vegetables
Find out what they are and eat them every day.
This guy photographed every stage of his wife’s cancer treatment
A brutal yet beautiful look at the downward spiral of health caused by cancer treatment.
Author Ann Cameron cures her cancer with carrot juice, nothing else
An incredible healing story demonstrating the anti-cancer power of carrot juice.
Ok that wraps it up. My 2014 goal is the same as last years, to double or even triple the traffic again.
If that happens, look out!
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