last year in Google Analytics


google analytics overview graph

I love data. I enjoy scouring Google Analytics and not to over analyze the number of readers I may or may not have but I like to look at graphs and percentages and pie charts, and interpret what they mean for me and my blog and my readers. Here are some numbers for 2011 (although not really since I only installed Analytics in June of last year).


google analytics location country


  • United States 64.01%
  • Canada 4.44%
  • United Kingdom 4.11%
  • less than 2% for the remaining countries


  • Seattle, WA 8.01% (my hometown-ish)
  • Orange Park, FL 4.84% (Ryan’s family-ish)
  • Glendale, CA 2.87% (where we lived for 3 years before Denver)


google analytics behavior new vs returning

New Vs. Returning:

  • 71.92% New Visitors
  • 28.08% Returning Visitors


google analytics technical screen resolution

Operating System:

  • Windows 55.23%
  • Mac 26.94%
  • Linux 10.28%
  • Mobile 7.48%
  • Playstation 3 (WTF?) .07%


  • Mozilla/Firefox 36.69%
  • Chrome 25.91%
  • Safari 20.30%
  • Internet Explorer** 14.26%

Traffic Sources//

google analytics traffic sources overview


Search Keywords: growling steph, interesting tattoo, yann black, post secret, barcelona album, game of thrones chart, books of adam, 30 days of lists

What do your numbers look like?


**If I know you personally and you’re using IE, please tell me and I will help wash away your sins.

how to create a .gif in Photoshop


I am excited to say that I have a guest post over at Ruche’s blog. If you’ve never checked out Ruche, you should! They have great vintage inspired apparel as well as up and coming trends. I created a quick and easy DIY .gif post. I promise, it’s really easy and you’ll get addicted!

For readers who don’t have Photoshop, I made a tutorial for you!

heart gif - how to make a gif

Happy Monday, everyone!

how to create a .gif in GIMP


If you read my gif tutorial over at Ruche but don’t have Photoshop, don’t worry because it’s even easier for non-Photoshoppers! There is an awesome FREE substitute for Photoshop called GIMP. You can download it here.

  1. Before opening GIMP. I suggest naming your photos in the order you want them to appear. I have 3 frames so I simply named them 1,2, and 3. Open GIMP. Go to the File Menu, select Open as Layers. Select your 3 images together by holding down the ctrl button and clicking on each image. Then click Open.
    frame 1 - steph heart - how to create a gif frame 2 - steph heart - how to create a gif frame 3 - steph heart - how to create a gif
  2. In the Layers window, make sure your images are in reverse order. You read that right. So image 3 should be at the top. You can do this by clicking on the image layer then clicking on the up or down arrows according. (Note: If your Layers window isn’t visible press ctrl+l or you can find it under the Windows menu, Dockable Dialogue, select Layers.)
    layers - show to create a gif
  3. Go to the Image menu, select Scale Image. Resize the image to size that you want, I suggest a width no larger than 500 pixels. The width my my blog is 420 pixels, so that’s what I chose. Then click Scale.
    scale image - how to make a gif
  4. Go to the Filters menu, select Animation, select Optimize (for GIF). This will create your .gif. Now save! Go to the File menu, select Save. After naming the file, click Save. This will prompt an Export File window. Make sure you select Save as Animation, then click Export.
    export file - how to create a gif
  5. After that, a Save as a Gif window will open. Under Animated GIF, change the Delay time. I suggest 1000ms (=1 second) but do what you want.
    save as gif - how to create a gif
  6. Enjoy!

heart gif - how to make a gif

Android apps, part 4


Google Android Apps

Recently, my friends have been getting Android devices and asking me what apps I use so I thought that was a great idea to list them all out for a post.

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4

Part 3 and part 4 consist of the rest of my favorite apps in alphabetical order.

  1. SiMi Clock Widget – This is the slickest looking clock widget with built in weather and battery widgets as well. The colors and size for date, time and background is limitless.
    simi clock widgetsimi clock widget preferences
  2. SMS Backup+ – This app is a must have for everyone. Not only does it back up your SMS messages so you can restore them later if need be, the texts themselves and contacts are searchable in your gmail. There is an additional option to log your phone calls as well.
    sms backup+
  3. SoundHound – This app rarely fails me and it’s super easy to email myself the song info as well as share to twitter, facebook, etc.
    soundhound tapsoundhound song
  4. Starbucks – Anyone with any kind of gift card knows how easy it is to lose them and this app protects you from losing the money on your Starbucks gift card. The clerk just scans your phone and you’re good to go.
    starbucks redeemstarbucks maps
  5. Unlock with Wifi – I have my phone locked because I had a friend a while back lose her phone and the finder of the phone shared all of her personal pictures with everyone. Very embarrassing. At the same time, there is no need to have my phone locked while I’m at home. Welcome the Unlock with Wifi app. Your phone automatically unlocks when connected to your selected wifi (home, office, where ever you choose). This free app only allows one network to unlock your phone but the paid version is unlimited with even more options.
    unlock with wifiunlock with wifi options
  6. Vignette – Where Molome leaves off in terms of customization, Vignette picks up. It has a million options with frames and effects. It’s really unbelievable with the number of combinations. It took me a while to find my favorite but I have it locked in now. This is the only app I’ve ever paid for and the only one on this list.
    vignette filmvignette frames
  7. Yelp – I was a Yelper long before the app so when the app was released, I was ecstatic. Super easy to find anything, though my favorite is restaurants. You can filter by price range, what’s open, near-by, and much more. You can check reviews and write reviews inside the app too.
    yelp appyelp map

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4