The answer to my title is: They’re all in my yearly stats!
This year I saw the best traffic on this web page in all of my years of blogging! I had 15, 507 views from 11,248 visitors. All in all, I had exactly 555 comments. 🙂
People browsed the most from the United States, with Canada at second place, and United Kingdom coming in third.
Readers came from Facebook most often, with Reddit hitting a close second, and search engines being the third choice. The most common search terms were “shocking truth about lady gaga,” “hiding” (??? Okay?) and “blonde rj.”
After reading my article, people then were most likely to click links that took them to Amazon.com (To buy my books!), or to my best friend’s page at The Simmering Mind, or to Jane Friedman’s description of the “literary novel.” Hello, Jane! We don’t know eachother, but I hope you enjoyed the traffic! I loved your article. 🙂
Onto my top 10 posts!
These are the posts with the highest views in 2015!
#1 Liminal Fantasy and the Stupid Heroine
This was a huge success on Reddit (Click to read the discussion), mainly due to the fact that I simply beefed on a trope of fiction that so many of us are sick of. It was fun to write and rant all in one!
#2 In Memory of Victoria Mercy Conte
My heart is full thinking about this post making it to the #2 spot. ❤ My husband wrote this speech, and then spoke in front of a large gathering at his littlest sister’s funeral. This was a tough year for the Conte family, and we miss our little butterfly very much. My husband’s words are tender, compassionate, and yet hopeful – since we know she’s with the Lord. I hope his writing continues to bless even more people. ❤
#3 Anime Characters by Myers-Briggs Type
People love Myers-Briggs and people love anime. This is a combination of the two. It took me a while to find all the pictures and correct spelling of names. This is an ongoing project, so a link to it sits in the right-hand sidebar of this page at all times. The majority of Redditors agreed with my assessment of types, so I’m glad. I wasn’t terribly happy with how WordPress sometimes insisted on formatting the pictures, but it works.
#4 All Myers-Briggs Humor Posts
I’m going to lump all of my Myers-Briggs humor posts into one place, since they were all in the top 10. These do very well on Reddit, and are all similar in style. I do them when I want a comical post in between serious posts. Find your type!
How Each Myers-Briggs Type Responds to Finding a Spider in the Shower
How Each Myers-Briggs Type Responds to Endless Videos of Your Children on Facebook
How Each Myers-Briggs Type Would Respond to a Visit from an Alien
How Each Myers-Briggs Type Reacts to a Dead Body
#5 Lessons from Job on Infertility
I’m really glad I decided to share my struggles, as it took me quite some time of suffering with this before I felt brave enough to share. It has been wonderfully relieving to have other people know what we’re going through, and secondary infertility is not talked about very often. Job is a powerful, wonderful book, and I’ve been clinging to it all year. Could use prayer, as we still don’t have any answers about why we have not been able to have more children. 😦
#6 Make Your Mami Tomoe Musket for Under $20!
Believe it or not, this hit my top 10 list! This is for the cosplay crowd, or lovers of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I can’t wait to go to an anime-con and see someone who actually made this musket. 😀 Meanwhile, I’ll be bringing mine, so look for me at Sakura-Con!
#7 Somewhere Over the Rainbow?
Another post about my difficulties from this year, this one with a more general, artistic, lyrical bent. Again, I’m glad that my excruciatingly honest posts are the ones that get the most views. If God can use my trials for good in someone else’s life, I can sleep a little easier at night wading through the challenges. Please pray for my family. ❤
#8 Sakura-Con Friday Part 2!
This is really random that this was my #8 top viewed post. This is simply one part of an anime convention I went to, complete with pictures of cosplayers. Maybe someone saw themself and reshared it a bunch of times. 🙂
#9 An Open Letter to My Pregnant Sister
This one still astounds me that it’s hit the top 10 list two years in a row. This is my most-searched-for blog entry, and gets hit by people on search engines almost daily. I still wonder if people think they’re going to find something juicy, or if there are just a lot of pregnant sisters out there. 🙂 I was able to revamp this devotional a bit and use it in another baby shower this year. 🙂
#10 I’ve Never Told My Kids to “Bow Your Head and Close Your Eyes”
WOOHOO! So glad this recent post made it on the list of top entries of the year! Let’s continue to challenge ourselves spiritually, parents, and fight unbiblical and extrabiblical dogmas! Let’s fight hypocrisy and be Christians under grace in our parenting. If you haven’t given this a read, I hope you will do so and leave your thoughts!
Thank you, readers, for making this the best year of blogging ever! Can’t wait to bring you Heartsick, and The Hotline Girl and 12th Girl (from a new publisher!) – and hopefully good news on a couple fronts – this next upcoming year. Regardless, God is God and He is good and takes care of me, as evidenced by the fact that I haven’t stopped fighting the good fight, and I have your abundant friendship. I am so grateful for all of you! God bless your 2016!!!