Tuesday, December 29, 2020

2020 by the Numbers

At the end of each year I like to spend a little time reading through old posts and noting - thanks to the statistics feature associated with the blog - which topics were well-received (and which topics weren't, for that matter) by you, my readers. I have always written and will continue to write in my own voice, and I know how important it is for my blog remain a true representation of who I am, but I want my words to reach out in a way you find interesting and engaging.

I noticed two trends this year. First, High Five for Friday posts were your collective favorite. This has never been the case before, at least so consistently throughout an entire year, and I can't help but wonder if this was the case because during this dumpster fire of a year we all needed that weekly reminder to seek out and focus on the good - no matter how small - in our lives. Second, Monthly Medley posts were your collective second favorite. I suspect this was the case because during quarantine in particular, we were all in search of new books to read, television shows and movies to watch, podcasts to listen to, recipes to try, and yes, shirts to buy. I promise to keep these two posts coming, since they seem to be popular!

Because these two categories of posts brought in high numbers of views almost every week/month, I removed them from the list of top 10 posts so I could get a better feel for what other kinds and styles of posts went over well. So now, without further adieu, here are this year's top 10 posts (in no particular order):

Anyone who can slalom waterski at 70 is a rockstar in my book.

Everyone loves a good makeover post.

The one where Tux realized everyone was staying home forever, lost his mind, bit me, and had to be quarantined himself...and then I had to go on an antibiotic and we all wondered how much worse things could get. (Present Erin is laughing at Past Erin's innocence right now.)

Just like everyone loves a good makeover post, everyone loves a good Flashback Friday post, especially when many of the pictures are old and either unflattering or highlight questionable fashion choices.

It was step up from the Jolly Green Giant (the inflatable hot tub Tom bought his bath-hating wife for Christmas a few years ago), but it wasn't quite the pool of my dreams.

The best birthday present ever, and my parents and Will managed to squeeze in RIGHT before the world shut down. (I'm not exaggerating - they went to a Washington Wizards game and less than 12 hours later the NBA suspended the rest of its season.)

Always a winner. 

Apparently hodgepodge posts are pretty popular too. (It's crazy to look back at this post now, nearly six months later, because at the time - the end of June - we felt like we'd been quarantining FOREVER. Ha.)

This one doesn't really need an explanation, but I want to add how grateful I am that we - at the last minute by Disney standards - made the decision to bump our trip up to January rather than go in May/June.

I can't quite believe we survived a full semester of virtual schooling (after nearly three months of COVID schooling). And now, after all that, we're getting ready to...keep virtual schooling. 


And per usual, I also like to share a few of my personal favorite posts from the year. 

Finding (virtual) treasures like these is the absolute best.

If comparison is the thief of joy, let me not compare my life today to my life of six months ago. Let me find joy in THIS life, and in THIS day, and to know it is enough. 

How is it possible she's 11?

And how is it possible he's 14?

What got us through the first (I have no idea how many) weeks of quarantine.

Without snow, we had to take Swimsuit Snow Angel matters into our own hands. Long live our newest winter tradition: the Polar(ish) Plunge.


Farewell, 2020. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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