For the past four years, I have listed my top blog posts of the year. I get these posts via my Google Analytics. I have to say, after looking at my top blog posts of 2016, I have some serious thinking to do about my blog. All of the posts were from previous years and many of them have been a top post for many years. Which may mean they are really good posts and I should do more like them. But it could also mean that those posts are just really good as far as SEO goes. (I'm looking at you Surviving the Stomach Flu post and Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids.)
Or maybe it means that I'm not doing my job as well as I used to. I don't blog as much as I used to, I don't work on my SEO skills, I don't guest post, or put my posts up in linky parties anymore. Which makes me wonder if blogging is really something I want to do anymore. Because all of those activities result in a healthy blog and, if I really want to make this blog thing work, I need to do them.
Finally, it's making me think about the blogging "industry" in general. Some say blogging is dead. At least in the sense of how it was in the early days. Many have fallen prey to the siren call of micro-blogging: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Personally, I miss the days where I would eagerly sit down with a cup of coffee and read my favorite blogs. Sure they had creative tutorials, but they were also like friendly letters from a pen pal. Many were so personal that I sometimes felt as though I was reading someone's diary, and I often felt less alone in my anxieties and worries. Now many blogs are so full of advertising that I can't load the tutorial or even read them. I know for sure that I do not want to have advertising on my blog, but is there a place anymore for creative, daily ramblings? And if so, how I can be compensated in some way for the time I do take to share my creative ideas with my readers, yet still feel like I'm not always selling, selling, selling? As I wind down 2016 and look forward to 2017, I am realizing that I have a lot of soul searching to do…
Geesh. I bet you just wanted to come over here and see what my top posts of 2016 were didn't you? Okay, here we go.
The funny thing about this popular post is that, 1. I did it with a knitting loom and 2. I didn't include a tutorial. Maybe I should go back and do one and keep this popular post alive and kicking for another year?
Okay, I totally get it. This is a pretty project! But the technique I used didn't end up lasting. It could probably be updated and used with a vinyl cutting machine now.
This one confuses me. It's a cute project, but it continually shows up as a favorite year after year. I guess people really need to find new ways to organize hair accessories. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. It just amazes me that this has been so incredibly popular.
This one is pure SEO luck baby. I don't even have tutorials on how to make these on the post! So lesson learned? The right keywords can make a huge difference on your traffic, regardless of content.
This is by far the most popular post on my blog and, in the this case, I think it's a mixture of good keywords AND good content.
Next post, I'll round-up my personal favorite posts of 2016. If you are interested, you can check-out my past years' round-ups (and see how many times the Pipe Cleaner and the Stomach Flu posts show-up) here: