This year I did something I rarely do -- check to see what my most viewed posts of the year were. Several of my favorite bloggers have taken this look back and I enjoy it, because I sometimes find ones I've missed! I know those who have advertising on their blogs do this more often than I -- and it makes sense. During my years of working in marketing and promotion, I learned that if you want to attract the dollars you have to appeal to the public taste. More eyeballs, more revenue potential.
|photo of mural taken several years ago at ArtPrize, Grand Rapids. Artist unknown
I don't advertise on The Marmelade Gypsy. Blogging offers me an online journaling platform and the gift of making friendships from around the world. Since Blogger is a free platform, I don't need to worry about paying for it.
But it IS curious to know what people do like, what was the most interesting to them. So, here -- with links back in case you are new -- are those with the most views in 2023.
My friend Barb invited pal Kate and I out to learn how to make preserved lemons. It was a fabulous day, a great lunch and how-to was included.
It's Our Turn
|Photo by Tamara Hicks Syron
In February 2023, three Michigan State University students were killed and four injured in a shooting on the campus. It rocked the community and made the international news -- yet another shooting to add to the country's growing list.
Fun with Little Boys
In November, I found some beautiful Quimper pieces at an estate sale to add to my very small (but slowly growing!) collection. Rick and I also enjoyed Randy Rainbow in a live performance and had fun with our little kidlets!
A look at some of the Valentine decor at home -- along with the snow and birds!
I love bunnies -- indoors and out. And this post is a salute to Easter decor and cheerful rabbits!
This is one of those "real life" posts -- time with friends, a very useful pain chart and the first sampling of the preserved lemons made several weeks before.
It seems like bloggers like looking at fall colors -- whether they are seeing them live or on someone's blog!
A last snow, the first crocus and painting butterflies. This is another "real life" post.
When you move north for the summer, your daily routine changes. This Postcard from the Lake looks at some of the summer adjustments -- and fun -- that comes when you change your routine. It includes puzzles, art, farm markets and lake life scenes.
Lots of eye candy from the Cleveland Institute of Art, along with a visit to a wedding, some wonderful dining out in Little Italy and family time.
So, what makes a post one that is more viewed than others? I guess you can look at your search optimization labels and evaluate topics. What are the demographics of your readers? What do they want to see? What makes them stand up and cheer, leave a comment, continue to follow you?
And then ask yourself, does getting hits on your site matter in the long run? If you advertise, then it probably does. But if you are like me, you just hope people will find what you put up worth their time to visit, maybe (hopefully!) comment. We all know from our own reading that not every post hits every reader, that sometimes as readers we run out of time because our own lives are a little crazy. (It seems like stats are always down as we get closer to the holidays!).
I just know that I am grateful to each and every Marmelade Gypsy, and I thank you for your visits and following on my life journey. I know I love learning more about you!
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