Top 20 Recipes and Articles in 2013

Top 20 for 2013

Sometimes when I write an article, I know it is going to be popular.

Other times I expect something I wrote to get a lot of attention, but no one seems to be reading it.

Then there are articles that I really don’t expect to get much attention. There is so much to read on the web and it’s easy for even great content to get overlooked. When I’m wrong and these articles get a ton of traffic, I couldn’t be happier.

That’s exactly what happened with #7 below. My Oatmeal Cookie recipe was posted just before Christmas…when every blogger who even occasionally posts recipes was pumping out as many cookie recipes as they could before the holiday hit.

Truthfully, I’m absolutely stunned that this simple recipe is one of my most visited pages for the year.

Why Do I Blog?

You might be wondering why I blog since I don’t seem to care if an article gets a lot of traffic.

I actually do care, but if almost no one read this blog, I would still keep writing.

In fact, I did write it for a long time before I started getting much traffic. Implementing the tips I learned at the BlogHer convention last summer and getting serious about regular posting has made a world of difference in my readership.

But it’s not all about traffic.

  • I write because I like writing.
  • I write because I like sharing things that might help you or you might enjoy.
  • I write because I like helping people become aware of things that are important to me. 


I don’t need a lot of people to read what I write to make it worthwhile. But it sure is fun when it happens!

Top 20 Recipes and Articles in 2013:

I was curious about what resonated with my readers this year and checked my Google Analytics account to find my top 20 most visited articles for 2013.

Cinnamon roll cake recipe1. Pan Style Cinnamon Roll Cake

Balsamic Baked Chicken collage2. Balsamic Baked Chicken

Fotor - create multiple picture pins for Pinterest3. Create Multiple Picture Image Pins for Pinterest

Netflix movies - 20 favorite hidden gems to watch via FutureExpat.com4. Netflix Movies – 20 Favorite Hidden Gems

32 Puppies Need St. Louis homes5. 32 Puppies Looking for St. Louis Homes!

Central Table Food Hall6. St. Louis Central West End – New Restaurants Opening Soon

Quick and Easy Oatmeal Cookies7. Quick & Easy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Wise Stamp signature8. Create a Mobile Friendly Email Signature

Amish baked oatmeal9. Eating Healthy Recipe – Amish Baked Oatmeal

Bathroom remodel 110. Small Bathroom Remodel on a Budget

East St. Louis pit bull11. Dog Rescue Outreach – Knocking on Doors in East St. Louis

Dim sum - Kevin.Fai (flickr)12. Dim Sum Choices in St. Louis

Bacon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups Recipe13. Easy Appetizer: Bacon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups Recipe

Jewish Comfort Food - Noodle Kugel recipe14. Comfort Food: Jewish Noodle Kugel Recipe

New bathroom granite vanity top from remnant15. Update Your Bathrooms with a Granite Vanity Top

Product Review - Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill (4)16. Product Review: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

Wordpress responsive themes17. Converting Your WordPress Website to a Responsive Theme

Baked Pancake Squares  with syrup18. Easy Healthy Recipe ~ Baked Whole Wheat Pancake Squares

Herbed corn recipe19. Easy Recipe ~ Herbed Corn for a Crowd 

Benji's story20. Letting Benji Go

I’m paying attention to what you like to read.

The top 20 included:

  • 8 recipes
  • 3 dog rescue stories
  • 3 technology how-to tips
  • 3 home tips
  • 2 articles about St. Louis
  • 1 article on things to do (movies)

Stick around…you’ll see more of these type of articles and recipes in 2014. 

I’ll also be doing a better job of writing about all of my categories…some of which have been neglected in the last year. It will be interesting to see what makes the Top 20 list for 2014!

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