One thing I always enjoy doing during the last week of December is taking some time to reflect on the previous year. As part of this, I check my site stats and look for patterns. Discovering my 10 most popular posts is insightful.
Looking at the data for a year at a time helps me get a solid big picture overview. This helps me continue to put out content that my readers want to read.
So which posts made the cut for 2018?
Surprisingly, many of my most popular posts were old ones. I’m starting to get some great traffic from Google, which means my SEO strategy is finally working. (It’s a long-term game!)
I’m ranking on the top page of Google for many keywords related to the posts below, so I expect they’ll continue getting traffic.
How to Build on Popular Posts
Before we jump into the list, I wanted to take a minute to explain some blogging strategy to help you maximize the potential of popular posts.
Since many of my posts are older, they’re in need of a facelift. By taking time each December to review my popular posts, I know which ones to focus on.
I’m currently making new images for all of the posts below, and updating them.
I want to make sure I’ve included any affiliate links that make sense, to increase my blogging profit.
If you have a popular post, you definitely want it to be working for you!
Maggie’s Milk Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2018
No without further ado…my top ten most popular posts. I’m counting them down, so you’ll find my number one most popular post at the bottom.
10. Using Excel to Create a Master Shopping List
I save so much time each year making a master shopping list. This coordinates to our annual meal plan, and allows me to quickly update the quantity needed each month.
To keep it simple, I make my list in Excel. Then it calculates the sum for me and I can make sure I’m staying in budget.
I have directions for making your own shopping list in this post.
9. 5 Board Games to Boost Creativity
We’re a board game loving family, and I often integrate games into our homeschool. Here’s a roundup of five games we use that require creative thinking. They’re all a lot of fun!
8. Do’s and Don’ts for Bottle Feeding a Dexter Calf
This was a post I wrote way back in 2015, so it definitely needed sprucing up. I completely revamped it and got it ready for sharing.
If you’re bottle feeding a calf, check out my tips!
7. 7 Tips for Dealing with Prodromal Labor
It’s nice to know I’m not the only woman who deals with prodromal labor. But, it’s still a crazy labor pattern!
I wrote this post in October of this year, when little Tyler was still cooking. Check it out here.
6. 7 Fun Ways to Play the Game Battleship
Battleship is such a fun game! And you don’t have to play it by the rules. This post explores seven different ways to use the pieces for learning fun.
5. 15 Blessings of Raising a Child with Angelman Syndrome
My Angelman Syndrome posts continue to make my top ten list each year. This post examines 15 different blessings of having a child with this rare condition.
4. Hello Canyon Ridge Playset, Goodbye Old Garden
A guest post from my husband claimed the number four most popular post. He gave some great information about putting together a Canyon Ridge playset from Costco. And his pictures are gorgeous!
3. Gift Ideas for a Child with Angelman Syndrome
One of my first posts to land the top spot on a Google search, this post brought lots of traffic during the holiday season.
2. Alphabet Bible Stories: The A-Z List
This is one of those posts that I kind of forgot I even had on my site until it took off with some explosive traffic! It’s the shortest post to make the cut.
I share a list of Bible stories that correspond to a letter of the week system. That way we spend one week really diving into one of the stories. Then the next week we move on.
It’s a great way to purposefully teach important Bible stories.
1. Raising a Child with Angelman Syndrome: 15 Struggles
In what is perhaps the most personal post on my entire site, I share 15 struggles from raising a child with Angelman Syndrome in this post.
I get into some of the bad and ugly parts of having a child completely dependent on you.
What Would You Like to See More of?
Analyzing my top ten posts helps me see patterns. I know that my posts on Angelman Syndrome are always popular.
My board game ones seem to be as well.
But I have a question for you. What sort of content would YOU like to see more of? Please let me know in the comments section below.