By Marivir R. Montebon
2013 was a wonderful year for OSM! which has proven that positive journalism works, and has a vast opportunity for growth in the digital space.
The year closed with OSM! reaching 584,721 hits globally. The US is its number reader, followed by the Philippines, then closely by China, Canada, France, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Israel, Thailand, and Finland.
Our new readers is recorded to have reached 85,645 this year.
Top searched items are the indomitable Pitsi-pitsi of Kit’s Kitchen, our featured personalities of Lani Misalucha, Meki Saldana, Joy Luna, Daphne Ceniza, Cora de Boer, Erno Hormillosa, Eman Lacaba, and the Cocofed scholars of Legazpi City, and the (shared) video presentation of Janet Villa as adoptive parent.
The readers also searched heavily on alcamporado and the blessings jar, both from Granny Gorgeous and the Visayan creation myth of the section of Tales from Lefou.
Our top read articles are That Psyche of Resilience (an after thought of the super typhoon Yolanda) which was also the debut blog of Marivir Montebon for Huffington Post. This was followed by How’s My Two Cents Worth? on the plight of online writers being paid poorly. Joan Ariete’s Of Yolanda, Prior Catastrophes, and My Sweet Typhoon Liam was the third most read article in 2013.
The other top read articles are: Pork and Other Fatty Perks (the Philippine’s pork barrel scam), The Perfect Subversion (international novelist and feminist Ninotchka Rosca’s lecture on the history of violence against women), and Writing Across Borders (Tim Sheard’s article on the international writer’s conference).
The inspiration to and opportunity for positive growth in 2014 remain bright and clear, as we are now running weekly since July 2013.
The OSM! team will be here for the enjoyment and love of writing as well as providing a compassionate and responsible venue for small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow, and good deeds to be celebrated.
Bring it on, 2014!
From the OSM! team, thank you so much, dear readers!