In Case You Missed It: Most Popular of 2013

By | January 20, 2014

Here’s a shout-out to my silent readers! Hello silent readers! When I was home for Christmas, a bunch of you told me you enjoy reading my blog; I’m so glad to hear it. 🙂 Thanks for continuing to stop by.

2013 is Over

2013 is Over

The next thing we’re going to work on is commenting. It’s really not as scary as it seems. I genuinely appreciate feedback on my posts; it helps me figure out what you enjoy reading so I can write more of that and less of what you’re not so interested in.

Right now, one of the main ways I figure that out is through my analytics, which I thought I’d share with you today.

What Was Popular in 2013?

Posts and Pages About Armenia That You Liked Last Year

Peace Corps Armenia – Contains a map, local time and temperature in Armenia, and links to other Armenia-related posts and pages.

Packing List – Has a comprehensive record of everything I brought with me to Armenia, with a couple useful suggestions for future Peace Corps volunteers, specifically for those going to Armenia or surrounding countries like Georgia, Azerbaijan, or Ukraine.

Care Package – The best way to pack a care package, utilizing all the space in the box, so your Peace Corps volunteer (or other overseas friend) feels loved to the fullest extent possible (materially speaking).

How Long is Two Years? – A perspective post about the relative length of a span of two years. Written (appropriately) two years ago.

Peace Corps Armenia FAQs – A pre-Peace Corps list of frequently asked questions. Some questions are specifically Ev- or Armenia- related, and others are general Peace Corps-related.

Popular Posts Written in 2013

I wrote 85 blog posts in 2013. The first one dealt with my goal-keeping failure for 2013, which I referenced recently in my 2014 goals blog entry.

In order of most- to less- viewed, here are the top 6 entries I wrote in 2013. If you haven’t read them already, you should. Most everyone else seemed to enjoy them. 🙂

  1. How to Cope When Your 6th Sibling Gets Married Before You–3 Easy Steps
  2. 10 Things I Love About Armenia
  3. My 3 Worst Experiences in Armenia, Part 1 of 3
  4. Dreams of an Aspirational Woman
  5. First Impressions Upon Returning to America
  6. Universal Throughout the Peace Corps World–Echoes of “Open Letter”

All-Time Popular Posts

These two blog posts always appear at the top of the analytics list, and are commonly found through searches for “potato chip rock” and “compass rose stencil.” I’m not 100% sure that visitors always get what they were looking for, but these posts get high traffic. Those of you who are new to my blog may never have seen these posts.

  1. Potato Chip Rock
  2. Compass Rose Stencil

Least Popular in 2013

The sad barely-read post that no one cared about last year.

NaNoWriMo Update – (I get it. No one but me really cares about my novel-writing progress. They would prefer to see the finished product.)

What do you think? Were my analytics accurate for what you’ve read and enjoyed on my blog this past year? What was your favorite post? What would you like to see more of in 2014?

Please comment below.

Please comment below. Seriously. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Most Popular of 2013

  1. Joyce

    Hi Ev! I like your whole blog obviously but either the posts that are thoughtful or make me laugh are the best ones. Also ones with lots of pictures. (:

  2. Joanna Raisanen

    I’m a silent reader 🙂 I enjoy the posts with pictures and I also like the flashlight Friday posts. I starting reading your blog when you were in Armenia, very interesting!

    1. Ev Post author

      Hi, Joanna! Thanks for commenting! I’m so glad to hear from you. Also, thanks for your input!

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