This is now my third post welcoming a new year. It is always strange to think forward, and then to read last year’s post. 2014 was a year of progress and setbacks. 76,000 people died in Syria in 2014 alone; 5000 so far in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the North Korean government is still going strong. China is as repressive as it always was, and Putin turns out to be a disaster for Russia.

This website continues to get more traffic ( I am using AWstats software to track the numbers. This is an open-source web analytics software package that comes with many hosting services.)

  • In 2014, the website had 55,411 unique visitors, which is an increase of almost 25% over the year before. In 2013, there were 45,683 unique visitors, and in 2012 there were 33,140 people visiting the site. If the trend continues, the site will get over 100,000 unique visitors by 2018.
  • Visitor normally came back at least once, and with 2 visits per visitor the website had a total of 107,651 visits. The total number of pages called up was 687,610, and the total number of hits was 1,718,549 for 2014.
  • I added 12 new posts and 29 new pages through the year, for a total of 59 posts and 389 pages.
  • We are currently at WordPress version 4.1, which is a big improvement over the version from a year before.  The web is changing, and the request for desktop website versions are now below 50%. Mobile is the future, and sooner or later I will replace my theme again, even though it is only 2 years old. It is still primarily a desktop theme optimized for mobile browsers. I will switch to a native mobile theme that also works for desktops. (The Stanford Encyclopedia for Philosophy updated their theme last year, and it is now very easy to red on mobile devices.)

What are the trends? The world has not only become flat, but fast. New movements, gadgets, smarter systems, and more technological breakthroughs are all coming faster and faster. I just got a new Nexus 6 phone that does speech recognition amazingly well, and it works fluidly across multiply apps to create higher-level services. The search box becomes a personal assistant; the abundant availability of information leads to the problem of choosing quickly which of the sources is trustworthy.

The world is still divided between rich and poor, but the rich have no more time, and the poor have not enough opportunities. The distinction between poor and rich countries has become questionable: Rich people in Mexico, China, or India have materially better lives than poor people in the US or Western Europe. The middle class in China is larger than the whole population in the US.

nia-who_figure-05_finalOn the whole we will all live longer lives, and on the right is an amazing chart that demonstrates the trends: Percentage Change in the World’s Population by Age, from 2010 to 2050 (source: US Department of Health, National Institute on Aging.)

On a personal note, I am busy with teaching, clients, and working as Clinical Director for the internship program at Agesong/Woodpark. I am also the CFO of CAMFT, the California Psychotherapy Association.

I was more busy in 2014 than in the years before, and I feel the need to return to a calmer life in 2015, with  more focus on the work that I like the most: philosophy and psychotherapy. And, hopefully, some more vacations.