2019 is almost gone, and 2020 is on the horizon. And like always, I wanted to take time to dive in and do a little reflecting as I saw what worked here on the blog.
You can see my past top posts here:
This year I continued to see many of my older posts perform well. The majority of my top 10 posts were not published in 2019. But, they are still helping people – just goes to show that there’s something to be said about writing evergreen content. You never know when it’s going to pop back up.
And…I was a bit surprised to see that many of these posts also made my top ten list the past two years. I’m discovering that most bloggers have key posts that drive most of their traffic. That seems to be the case for me as well. I thought we’d see a bit of a shakeup, but mostly it wasn’t. Except some moved up on the list, which means they’re even more popular in 2019 then in years past.
Are you ready to see what posts were the top ten most visited this year? Here we go…
Each year, I publish a larger, more personal post on February 15th. This is Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day. And each year, the majority of these posts get added to my top ten.
This was my post from 2019. I share 15 ways that having a child with a severe disability has changed my parenting. I’m definitely not the same mom I used to be.
And that’s okay…
I really enjoy writing about family road trips and keeping the kids engaged in the car. We love to play car games!
Back in 2017, I shared five fun games you can play that’ll help your kids learn to pay attention to detail. Check them out and try some of them.
One of these days, I have a book about material free car games to get out of my head and onto paper. Maybe 2020 will be the year that this project comes to fruition… until then, you can check my archives and discover all sorts of car games you can enjoy with your kids. Without having to worry about packing anything else…
Playing a game “by the rules” gets boring. No wonder people are searching for new ways to play.
A couple of years ago, I published this one, sharing seven different ways to play Battleship. Those pieces can be used for so much more than just sinking ships. You can write your name with pegs, practice the coordinate plane, and more.
And the same thing applies to any game you own. Don’t feel limited to the “real” way. Use your imagination and create a new way to play. It just might be a family favorite!
This older post got a facelift and I republished it in 2019. It shares some Thanksgiving themed would you rather questions you can ask your kids. It’s a fun way to spark some conversation and keep everyone busy while they’re heading over the hills and through the woods. It also makes a great Thanksgiving Day activity while you’re waiting for the turkey to get done.
My kids helped me come up with some of the questions, and we had so much fun talking through each of them!
There’s something you should know about children with Angelman Syndrome. Sometimes….they play in their poop. And taking care of a poop party isn’t fun and games at all.
But, in an effort to help parents who are searching the web for information that isn’t there, I thought I’d give them some practical tips for cleaning it up. And dealing with the mental struggle of cleaning poop off of the rug. And bed. And your child’s face…
I will say – I never imagined I’d be using a poop emoji in one of my graphics…but I did!
I must say…I am so sorry that this one is on the list. That means other expecting mamas are dealing with this crazy labor pattern.
The good news? In the post I share seven different strategies that can help. Now, it won’t make the babies magically pop out or anything, but they will help moms deal with the labor that seems to start and stop. Over and over and over again.
A lot of prodromal labor is a mental battle. And many of the tips I share can help get your mind off of it.
Can I just say wow…I did not see this one coming!
This is a post I wrote way back in 2014. I recently updated it and gave the graphics a facelift. Ever since, it’s been taking off thanks to Google search traffic.
One of the downsides about having a child with a rare disease is that most people have never heard of it. A bit of good news?
If you write about that rare condition, you can rank pretty easily in Google. There just isn’t a lot of competition. It’s a RARE disease, remember? 😀
So this post I wrote originally for Owen’s birthday gets a lot of traffic each year as other people who love on kids with Angelman Syndrome contemplate what to buy them.
Here’s another oldie making a reappearance. This one was originally published in 2013! That was back when my site was on Blogger and I had no idea you could earn money from this online writing thing. 😀
I gave the post an update in 2016, and again recently.
It shares an A-Z list of Bible stories that I use when my kids are in preschool. The stories correspond to our letters of the week, which makes it a lot of fun.
Once again, this was the top performing post here on Maggie’s Milk. It’s easily the most personal post I’ve ever written, sharing some honest struggles that I face as a mom to a child with Angelman Syndrome.
And while it was very therapeutic to write, and I know it connects with other parents…
Sometimes I wish the follow up post I wrote the next year would do as well. But it hasn’t…
In case you’re wondering, here it is:
Because having a child with this rare disorder isn’t all bad. I have had some tremendous blessings because of it. And my son has taught me so much…
Top 10 Posts of 2019
There you have it – my top ten posts of 2019. And now we’re getting ready to start a new decade. I’ve got some exciting content planned, including a peek at how:
- I broke the sugar addiction
- To find time for self-care as a busy mom
- My husband and I adjusted to him being home all day (now that we’re on full-time deputation)
I’m so excited to take the next few days off and then jump back into the blog.
See you in 2020!