2012 in review, and a word of thanks

31 Dec

I reckon my first full year on the WordPress site has been a very successful one, and very satisfying for me. I just want to take the opportunity to say thanks to everyone who passed this way over the last twelve months and read or shared their thoughts on what I posted – you guys are what makes it all worthwhile. I hope to add another post tomorrow to share some of the credit around – stay tuned…



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

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 37,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


28 responses to “2012 in review, and a word of thanks

  1. vinnieh

    December 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Congratulations on an excellent year.

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks vinnie – I hadn’t expected it would go so well but I’m extremely pleased.

  2. badblokebob

    December 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I shall echo the congratulations, and add a thanks: apparently you’re one of my top 5 referring sites, alongside Twitter, FilmJournal, WordPress and Facebook. You are indeed a blog among giants (and FilmJournal).

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks for that – I’m just happy that I’ve been able to divert some traffic your way.

  3. hawkswill

    December 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations Colin and Happy New Year. Actually, your success is due to your own self….your posts, your replies and your gentlemanly attitude on the rest of the web. I have shared your site with a good many friends who have thanked me for it. I raise my glass to another informative and enjoyable year of your posts. KEITH

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Happy New Year to you Keith – that’s extremely kind of you.

  4. Dafydd Jones

    December 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for all your superb reviews throughout the year Colin. I look forward to a 2013, chock-full of reviews of more neglected noirs and westerns! A very Happy New Year to you and to all readers of this column.

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Cheers Dafydd. A very Happy New Year to you as well. Looking forward to chatting with you and exchanging thoughts in 2013.

  5. Cavershamragu

    December 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Happy new year Colin – and congrats on another great year Riding the High Country! (had to do it).

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you mate – my top commenter! Hope you have a good 2013.

      • Cavershamragu

        January 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

        A position I hope to continue to hold this year too – or at least be a contender!

        • Colin

          January 1, 2013 at 10:46 am


  6. billyriel1971

    December 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Congratulations on a great year of work, Colin. It was good to connect with you via our respective sites and I look forward to what you share in the coming year. All the best to you and yours in 2013.

    Take care,

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Chad, it was good to get in touch with yourself too – it’s always nice to be in contact with others doing their bit to spread a bit of love for westerns in all their forms. Happy New Year.

  7. Samuel Blaquet

    December 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Keep on sharing your ever clever opinions, thoughts and feelings about westerns and films noirs. Reading you is a true pleasure. Une excellente année 2013!

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks Samuel. Bonne année et bonne santé!

  8. Vienna

    December 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Wish I had found you sooner, but I’m now a regular and look forward to all your posts.
    I’ve had a great time going though your old posts.
    Your writing skills are much appreciated.

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      That’s most kind of you Vienna – have a great 2013!

  9. Mike

    December 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Wow! A set of stats to aspire to indeed, and a testament to the continued brilliance of the site. Well done Colin, and all the best for 2013!

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks very much Mike, that’s quite a compliment! Here’s to 2013 – have a good one!

  10. Jeff Flugel

    December 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Happy New Year to you, Colin, and kudos on a excellent year of reviews! I don’t know how you manage to stay so consistent, and consistently prolific, but keep on doing what you’ve been doing…it’s obviously working. It’s been a great pleasure to get to know you better over the past blogging year. Here’s to an equally fruitful 2013!

    • Colin

      December 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Cheers Jeff – I could say exactly the same things about yourself, and in fact I will. Happy New Year to you and the family.

  11. Elise Richey

    January 1, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I have to add my hearty congratulations, Colin. Riding the High Country is a superb blog and I’m glad I found it. I will ride herd as long as you keep droving!

    • Colin

      January 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Elise – I’ve no plans to wind this thing up any time soon – glad you’ve enjoyed it.

  12. Rod Croft.

    January 1, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I would like to add my congratulations to the chorus of others. Your success is well deserved, and I too, look forward to another year of reading your most interesting comments on film. May the New Year bring you even more success in all your endeavours.

    • Colin

      January 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Thank you Rod, and a Happy New Year to you.

  13. Judy

    January 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    A Happy New Year, Colin, and looking forward to another year of reading your blog postings!

    • Colin

      January 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Cheers Judy – and a Happy New Year to you too!


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