2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 130,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

From which countries came this blog’s visitors?


WordPress has made an annual report for 2012 about the statistics of my blog. It is here.

That report has general outlines.

I will continue my series of more detailed blog posts about statistics in 2012 (remember, the year is not finished yet; and I mention country statistics since February 25, 2012, when WordPress started them).

This time, a complete list of all countries where visitors came from.

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 40,655
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 20,039
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 5,715
Canada FlagCanada 5,605
Greece FlagGreece 4,253
Romania FlagRomania 3,102
India FlagIndia 2,993
Australia FlagAustralia 2,921
Germany FlagGermany 2,384
France FlagFrance 1,946
Sweden FlagSweden 1,745
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 1,585
Belgium FlagBelgium 1,575
Italy FlagItaly 1,493
Philippines FlagPhilippines 1,173
Armenia FlagArmenia 1,079
Spain FlagSpain 1,075
Singapore FlagSingapore 979
Jamaica FlagJamaica 939
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 838
Ireland FlagIreland 729
Brazil FlagBrazil 631
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 613
Turkey FlagTurkey 577
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 571
Pakistan FlagPakistan 570
Bahrain FlagBahrain 567
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 539
Thailand FlagThailand 535
Portugal FlagPortugal 515
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 514
Japan FlagJapan 506
Finland FlagFinland 499
Poland FlagPoland 475
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 469
Denmark FlagDenmark 453
Norway FlagNorway 425
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 419
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 417
Mexico FlagMexico 414
Hungary FlagHungary 392
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 372
Israel FlagIsrael 345
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 318
Egypt FlagEgypt 281
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 271
Argentina FlagArgentina 251
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 246
Lebanon FlagLebanon 230
Austria FlagAustria 215
Serbia FlagSerbia 214
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 210
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 169
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam 166
Iceland FlagIceland 161
Kuwait FlagKuwait 150
Croatia FlagCroatia 148
Morocco FlagMorocco 144
Malta FlagMalta 138
Kenya FlagKenya 132
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica 130
Ukraine FlagUkraine 127
Slovakia FlagSlovakia 122
Colombia FlagColombia 120
Qatar FlagQatar 117
Venezuela FlagVenezuela 112
Ecuador FlagEcuador 112
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh 110
Tunisia FlagTunisia 109
Peru FlagPeru 106
Lithuania FlagLithuania 96
Cyprus FlagCyprus 90
Chile FlagChile 90
Jordan FlagJordan 84
Georgia FlagGeorgia 78
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of FlagMacedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 72
Estonia FlagEstonia 71
Latvia FlagLatvia 66
Luxembourg FlagLuxembourg 64
Albania FlagAlbania 63
Algeria FlagAlgeria 61
Nigeria FlagNigeria 59
Oman FlagOman 59
Uganda FlagUganda 52
Trinidad and Tobago FlagTrinidad and Tobago 52
Palestinian Territory, Occupied FlagPalestinian Territory, Occupied 45
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 43
Afghanistan FlagAfghanistan 42
Ethiopia FlagEthiopia 42
Nepal FlagNepal 40
Tanzania, United Republic of FlagUnited Republic of Tanzania 40
Cambodia FlagCambodia 39
Bosnia and Herzegovina FlagBosnia and Herzegovina 38
Iraq FlagIraq 37
Jersey FlagJersey 33
Moldova, Republic of FlagMoldova 32
Azerbaijan FlagAzerbaijan 30
Panama FlagPanama 30
Libya FlagLibya 29
Dominican Republic FlagDominican Republic 28
Uruguay FlagUruguay 26
Mauritius FlagMauritius 25
Suriname FlagSuriname 25
Gambia FlagGambia 23
Bolivia FlagBolivia 22
Montenegro FlagMontenegro 20
Ghana FlagGhana 19
Yemen FlagYemen 17
Mongolia FlagMongolia 17
Brunei Darussalam FlagBrunei Darussalam 17
Belarus FlagBelarus 16
Gibraltar FlagGibraltar 15
Senegal FlagSenegal 15
Myanmar FlagMyanmar 15
Barbados FlagBarbados 14
Isle of Man FlagIsle of Man 14
Cayman Islands FlagCayman Islands 13
Guyana FlagGuyana 13
Syrian Arab Republic FlagSyrian Arab Republic 13
Aruba FlagAruba 12
Guernsey FlagGuernsey 12
El Salvador FlagEl Salvador 12
Honduras FlagHonduras 12
Antigua and Barbuda FlagAntigua and Barbuda 12
Swaziland FlagSwaziland 12
Paraguay FlagParaguay 12
Madagascar FlagMadagascar 12
Maldives FlagMaldives 12
Namibia FlagNamibia 11
Rwanda FlagRwanda 11
Guatemala FlagGuatemala 10
Malawi FlagMalawi 10
Lao People's Democratic Republic FlagLao People’s Democratic Republic 10
Macao FlagMacao 10
Haiti FlagHaiti 10
Angola FlagAngola 10
New Caledonia FlagNew Caledonia 9
Zimbabwe FlagZimbabwe 9
Saint Lucia FlagSaint Lucia 9
Belize FlagBelize 9
Botswana FlagBotswana 8
Bermuda FlagBermuda 8
Sudan FlagSudan 8
Mozambique FlagMozambique 7
Bahamas FlagBahamas 7
Micronesia, Federated States of FlagMicronesia, Federated States of 7
Virgin Islands, U.S. FlagVirgin Islands 7
Côte d'Ivoire FlagCôte d’Ivoire 7
Kazakhstan FlagKazakhstan 7
Iran, Islamic Republic of FlagIran, Islamic Republic of 6
Kyrgyzstan FlagKyrgyzstan 6
Cameroon FlagCameroon 6
Djibouti FlagDjibouti 6
Seychelles FlagSeychelles 5
Andorra FlagAndorra 5
Cuba FlagCuba 5
Liberia FlagLiberia 4
Grenada FlagGrenada 4
Faroe Islands FlagFaroe Islands 4
Virgin Islands, British FlagBritish Virgin Islands 4
Benin FlagBenin 4
Fiji FlagFiji 4
Nicaragua FlagNicaragua 4
Réunion FlagRéunion 3
Zambia FlagZambia 3
Saint Kitts and Nevis FlagSaint Kitts and Nevis 3
Guam FlagGuam 3
Niger FlagNiger 3
Guadeloupe FlagGuadeloupe 3
Mali FlagMali 3
American Samoa FlagAmerican Samoa 3
China FlagChina 2
Holy See (Vatican City State) FlagVatican City 2
Guinea-Bissau FlagGuinea-Bissau 2
Comoros FlagComoros 2
Netherlands Antilles FlagNetherlands Antilles 2
Turks and Caicos Islands FlagTurks and Caicos Islands 2
Montserrat FlagMontserrat 2
Papua New Guinea FlagPapua New Guinea 2
Burkina Faso FlagBurkina Faso 2
French Guiana FlagFrench Guiana 2
Lesotho FlagLesotho 2
Monaco FlagMonaco 2
Northern Mariana Islands FlagNorthern Mariana Islands 2
Anguilla FlagAnguilla 1
Timor-Leste FlagTimor-Leste 1
Somalia FlagSomalia 1
Cook Islands FlagCook Islands 1
French Polynesia FlagFrench Polynesia 1
Bhutan FlagBhutan 1
Burundi FlagBurundi 1
Dominica FlagDominica 1
Mauritania FlagMauritania 1
British Indian Ocean Territory FlagBritish Indian Ocean Territory 1
Kiribati FlagKiribati 1
Tajikistan FlagTajikistan 1
Gabon FlagGabon 1
Vanuatu FlagVanuatu 1
Tonga FlagTonga 1

Bahrain dictatorship jails photographer


From the Bahrain Center for Human Rights:

Bahrain: Award Winning Photographer Ahmed Humaidan Kidnapped and Detained

Systematic Crackdown on Freedom of Expression Continues

Ahmed Humaidan

Date: 30th December 2012

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights condemns the continued harassment and arbitrary arrest of journalists in Bahrain. Renowned and award-winning photographer, Ahmed Humaidan, (25 years-old) was kidnapped by 15 security officers, in civilian clothing, and is currently being detained.

On the 29th of December, 2012, at approximately midnight and while Ahmed Humaidan and his friends were entering the city center shopping mall, 15 men in civilian clothing, who are believed to belong to the security forces, surrounded Humaidan and abducted him without declaring the location where they were going, nor identifying themselves. His family sought information about him in different police stations and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) without receiving any information. After 19 hours without news on his whereabouts, Humaidan called his family for 20 seconds to inform them that he is alive, and that he is at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) being interrogated without the presence of his lawyer.

Badges and medals won by Ahmed Humaidan for his photojournalism

Photo: Badges and medals won by Ahmed Humaidan for his photojournalism. Through his photos, Ahmed has documented many moments in the daily protests (See his instagram page for example: instagram.com/ahmedhumaidan and 500px.com/AhmedHumaidan)

Photographic Society of America

Ahmed Humaidan is a member of the FIAP “Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique” and the PSA “Photographic Society of America”.

He won 143 international awards in photographic competitions and he is considered the 2nd highest ranked Arab photographer in winning photography contest, among his awards are:

- Gold Medal in FKNS Grand Prix 2012 – Serbia.
- Gold Medal from FIAP for Hungarian Circuit 2012.
- Honorary Badge from for PSA International Exhibition (Photojournalism Prints) – 2012

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights believes that the arbitrary arrest of Ahmed Humaidan is solely related to his legitimate work as a photographer and his activity in documenting protests and police attacks, which has led to exposing the severe human rights violations by the authorities in Bahrain.

Photojournalist Mazen Mahdi in an archive photo while targeted by police

Photo: Photojournalist Mazen Mahdi in an archive photo while targeted by police. In a similar situation, on the 28th of December, 2012, DPA photographer and renowned photojournalist Mazen Mahdi was arrested by police while covering a protest.

Mazen tweeted via his account @MazenMahdi:

“ Being Arrested #Bahrain”
and after his release one hour later he tweeted:
“The reason for stopping me was not participating in anything but for taking pictures .. Apparently @moi_bahrain thinks cameras weapons!”

This was the second time Mahdi was arrested in just the month of December, 2012, which the BCHR believes is an attempt to hinder his work and intimidate him.

The authorities in Bahrain have made targeting journalists a common practice since last year.

Today, another photographer, Hasan Matooq is in prison since 2011 is serving a sentence of 3 years that was handed by military court for allegations of faking photos of injuries.(Read more about his case: bahrainrights.org/en/node/4876).

BCHR demands that the Bahraini government release photographer Ahmed Humaidan, and other detainees imprisoned for their views, and peaceful work as observers of demonstrations, immediately and unconditionally. We demand the Bahraini government to allow the practice of freedom of expression without being targeted.

Read More:

1. Reporters Without Borders: Despite Government’s Promises, Journalists Continue To Be Harassed And Attacked
2. BCHR : Bahrain: Continued harassment of journalists
3. CPJ: Bahrain arrests critical journalist

How do people discover this blog; revisited?


2012 is nearly finished.

A time when many people look back at the past year.

We have seen what were the top search terms in search engines, from which internauts discovered Dear Kitty. Some blog in 2012.

Facebook cartoon

WordPress statistics also give the answer to the next question: from which Internet links did people arrive at this blog in 2012? (OK, it is not completely 2012, as the year still has to finish; and I have included the time after 8 December last year, when my blog moved to WordPress).

All Time

Referrer Views
Search Engines 61,873
WordPress.com 3,904
Facebook 1,318
Twitter 971
topix.com 884
36ohk6dgmcd1n-c.c.yom.mail.yahoo.net 762
WordPress Dashboard 737
mail.yahoo.com 500
smoking-mirrors.com 460
whatreallyhappened.com 440
dewereldmorgen.be 381
en.gravatar.com/petrel41 348
mail.live.com 342
2012indyinfo.com 334
en.wordpress.com 245
topix.net 222
Google 180
thetruthseeker.co.uk 118
Reddit 105
StumbleUpon 104
en.wikipedia.org 100
argylesock.wordpress.com 91
havehest.wordpress.com 91
socialistunity.com 85
search.rr.com/web 71
joannenova.com.au 66
staatsbosbeheerrottum.wordpress.com 62
tunisia-live.net 60
google.co.uk 58
peterstormschrijft.wordpress.com 58
boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=656768 54
dearkitty.blogsome.com 48
nonviolentconflict.wordpress.com 45
google.nl 42
de.wordpress.com 41
blog.naturalis.nl 38
deeldenatuur.nl 38
it.gravatar.com/petrel41 38
joellewrites.wordpress.com 34
staatsbosbeheertexel.wordpress.com 31
keeptalkinggreece.com 31
id.wordpress.com 31
Google Reader 30
ro.wordpress.com 29
incaunipocrit.wordpress.com 28
davidwestern.wordpress.com 27
google.ca 27
fr.gravatar.com/petrel41 25
liveleak.com/view?i=7a0_1344977056 25
scoop.it 25
paper.li 24
spoki.lv 24
ahmadsamantho.wordpress.com 24
britishbirds.co.uk 24
pindanpost.com 24
duckduckgo.com 24
friendly-crips.livejournal.com 24
21stcenturywire.com/2012/10/26/margaret-thatchers-top-aide-named-today-in-downing-street-paedophile-ring/ 23
powned.tv/nieuws/buitenland/2012/04/voormalig_premier_mali_is_opge.html 22
motionphotographyonline.wordpress.com 22
My Comments 21
peeplo.com 20
mail.aol.com 20
forwomenseyesonly.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/all-i-want-this-christmas-is-for-someone-from-greenland-to-hit-on-my-blog/ 20
youthandeldersja.wordpress.com 18
photobotos.com 18
doudoubirds.wordpress.com 17
yarnwuseleien.wordpress.com 17
natalief.livejournal.com 17
reflets.info/quand-michele-alliot-marie-panhard-et-thales-faisaient-les-yeux-doux-a-la-famille-kadhafi-videos/ 17
metaretriever2.wordpress.com/30-2/ 17
indexoncensorship.org 17
felipedelbosque.wordpress.com 17
network54.com 16
johnito.blogspot.nl 16
wtcampaigns.wordpress.com 15
natycalinescu.wordpress.com 15
beforeitsnews.com 15
staatsbosbeheerterschelling.wordpress.com 14
missmarzipan.com 14
atosvictimsgroup.co.uk 14
otove.wordpress.com 14
workinghypotheses.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/gunter-grass-poem-on-greece-and-austerity-english-translation-dear-kitty-some-blog/ 14
botherer.org/2012/07/28/the-daily-mail-and-how-an-nhs-death-means-racism-is-fine/ 13
audioepilog.hr 13
anoleannals.org 13
catbird365.wordpress.com 13
internetweekly.org 13
mail.verizon.com/webmail/driver?nimlet=showmessages&view=emails 13
celebritytwitpics3.blogspot.com 12
nl.gravatar.com/petrel41 12
midnighthues.wordpress.com 12
bestpicturequotes3.blogspot.com 12
focusingonwildlife.com 12
guardian.co.uk 12
randyroberts.wordpress.com 11
greenlivinglondon.com 11
martininch.wordpress.com 11
original.antiwar.com/hacohen/2012/05/27/tel-aviv-race-riots-reveal-much-about-israel/ 11
naniesworld.com/2012/05/manuscrito-inedito-do-livro-o-pequeno.html 11
uk.peeplo.com 11
google.co.in 11
beta.search.rr.com 11
fivereflections.wordpress.com 11
arlenshah.wordpress.com 11
dearkitty.blog.co.uk 10
sagedoyle.wordpress.com 10
au.peeplo.com 10
translate.google.nl 10
irishleftreview.org 9
fiddle.jshell.net 9
blog.conservation.org 9
moonlightenedshelves.wordpress.com 9
ecosia.org 9
theworldofalexanderthegreat.wordpress.com 9
google.com.au 9
Private networks 9
sammason.livejournal.com 9
en.m.wikipedia.org 9
fr.wordpress.com 9
artisticmilestone.wordpress.com 8
encyclopedia.mitrasites.com/setab.php?mod=general&sec=imgs&q=white+crowned+starling&r=SXKhLEgo 8
dragoscalinescu.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/hoinar-prin-genova/ 8
hootsuite.com/dashboard 8
pirateparty.org.au/2012/09/11/freedom-not-fear-2012-sydney/ 8
google.es 8
lovsnmua.wordpress.com/about-moi/ 8
freetagzone.wordpress.com 8