With 2015 almost gone, we’re seeing end-of-the-year lists of all sorts. How about looking back at some of the year’s top posts on Girls in White Dresses Blog?
Now, by “top” I mean those posts that generated the most traffic. It doesn’t take long online to learn that the posts that attract the most attention aren’t the warm, fuzzy ones. Pretty much, I’d say they represent the things that most people were searching for that caused them to wind up here. That makes sense: when I go online, I’m not usually in search of poignant writing. No, I’m most likely looking for the answer to a question, or to learn more about a particular topic.
I gotta say, I’m a bit baffled. Who knew that 648 people this year cared enough to learn more about these (they do smell good, though)?
This was a post inspired by a stop at the ruins of my former junior high gym. I posted it in a Facebook group of people who grew up in the town I did, and understandably, many were interested in seeing the photos and reading the reflections. It was sad to see what has become of a building that many of us remember so well.
There’s a reason I wrote a book about “mad” King Ludwig — he’s fascinating. So was his brother, Otto. So is a look at how those who were mentally unstable were dealt with 100 or so years ago.
A few years ago, in the midst of 4-H prep with the girls, I remember my frustration as I realized from the rules book that our fair pretzels could not contain yeast. Huh? Every recipe we’d tried had yeast. Oh well, yet another 4-H oddity. I combined a few recipes to come up with one we liked. I know there have to be many parents out there similarly frustrated. I’m glad this post could help them.
Fun small-world anecdote: a reader contacted me regarding this post. We corresponded, and learned that we don’t live that far apart. We met for lunch this spring!
Even with the current scandals, the fame of the TV Duggar family continues with the current “Jill & Jessa: Counting On” specials. I’m not surprised that people are still curious about Jill’s husband, Derick. Lately, he seems to be attracting attention due to his changing facial features, which were supposedly caused by dental surgeries. I don’t know many details on that, but I do know that he continues to fascinate.
Many baby boomers, like myself, enjoy reminiscing over remnants of our childhoods. Remember “Family Affair” on TV? Apparently many others do as well, and they wonder about the show’s cute twins.
As a blogger, I constantly have to tell myself that it’s not about me. Most of my top posts are about topics I’m basically educating others about. And as a former teacher, I’m okay with that. Want to learn more about Prince Charles’ current wife? You’ll find it here.
What was Michelle Duggar like before she had all those kids? It’s kind of interesting, actually, and not what you might expect (hint: she was a high school cheerleader).
As a longtime fan of Diana’s, I love that a post about her (well, about her childhood home, but still …) is one of the year’s most popular.
and … drumroll, please … the most-viewed post of the year is:
I know, I know — a toothpaste review? Yet over 6000 people this year read it. And honestly, there’s some legitimacy to this. This toothpaste is truly amazing, and it’s a product I actually buy myself (although it’s $20 a tube). I treat myself to it, because it does dissolve away plaque in an amazing way (no, I get no benefit if you buy it. But I’ll be surprised if you’re not impressed!)
Top commenters (thank you! I love comments!) – #4 Leona, #3 Lisa of Hopewell, #2 Attic Girl (my mom), and … #1 Elaine (my aunt). THANK YOU to each of you, and to each of you who has commented at all (because you help make this feel less like I’m talking to a wall here), and to each of you who has even stopped by to read this year.
Do any of these top posts surprise you?