This will be a fun post. At least, it was for me to write it, and see the evolution of my blog over the last year.
5 Most Read Inklings Articles in 2013
1. My Reasons for Not Looking Like Maria Kang After Having Children-
Surprise, surprise, with the fake apology Kang issued this year, a year after her picture was posted, not only did she rise to the top of the online controversy ring, but so did my reply to her picture that I wrote back in 2012. I'm not even going to lie- this post, and the bullying I received because of it (I was called a "fat whale" on several online forums, and a few people went to the extent of saying I should have my children taken away from me), caused me to stay off of the computer for about a week. So, it's no shocker that this was the most read post on my website in 2013. Karma got her this year, though. With all her bullying and fat-shaming, Kang got banned from facebook and found herself losing credibility as a human being, when she basically stated that overweight women shouldn't wear lingerie. I'm just waiting for her to issue another fake apology around October of 2014 so she can stir the pot again and get her face out there. She has bills to pay, you know?
2. What Celebs Have Taught Me About a Size 6-
People surely are obsessed with the elusive "Size 6". Most of the people who found this article were just looking for pictures of celebrities who stated they were a size six, but small google search hits like that add up to this article, from 2012, being the 2nd most viewed post on Inklings in 2013.
3. 13 Songs My Parents Probably Shouldn't Have Let Me Listen to When I Was a Kid-
Definitely a fun one to write this year, and yes, there will be a second edition in 2014. This one was even picked up over at BlogHer.com, and out of the hundreds of positive comments I received on it, of people thanking me for taking them on a trip down memory lane, I had 1 negative commenter say it was the most ridiculous post they had ever read because 'You Outta Know' by Alanis Morrisette is not a dirty song. You have to spell things out for some people, huh? Good grief.
4. Dear Miley Cyrus-
Yeah, I did it. I jumped on the Miley Cyrus bandwagon in 2013, but not in the way you would think. My best friend ragged me out for this post. Oh, well, it was fun to write, and apparently readers people everywhere thought it was fun to read, making it the 4th most read post on Inklings in 2013.
5. Pageant Moms and Michael Vick-
Another beauty from 2012 that has made it to the number 5 spot thanks to google search is Pageant Moms and Michael Vick. What in the world is the connection between the two? You have to read it to find out!
~Inklings facebook page gained 700 new likes, and lost only about 25. (That means I suck y'all in and keep you... Muahahahaha.)
~Visitors to Inklings in 2013:
- Over 64,000 were from the United States
- Over 5,000 were from Canada
- 4,000 were from the UK
- Over 2,000 were from Australia
- Other top areas were Germany, Philippines, India, Singapore and Malaysia
~The Inklings of Life website is worth over $6000. Wooo Hooo! Who's buying it up? Yeah, right. I'm not selling.... ;)
(Calculation courtesy of CheckWebSitePrice.com)
And, of course, for the biggest accomplishment of 2013, Tatted Mom's Guide to NOT Screwing Up Your Kids was published. My first book, some of it from the blog, most of it brand new stuff! Great parenting tips mixed in with humorous stories from myself and my readers, and full of my snark. It's available on CreateSpace, Amazon and Nook!
I do want to thank all of my loyal readers, those who whore me out to their friends and loved ones, those who have bought my book, and to everyone who continues to read Inklings and make it what it has become today. Y'all rock!!
I may not be the biggest, most talked about humor parenting blog out there, but the last 3 years has brought me some amazing readers, some great therapy through writing what I feel like writing, and a great little place for like-minded people to come together and really understand one another. I do feel 2014 will be even more awesome!!
And if there is anything y'all want to see more of in 2014, don't hesitate to comment below or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! I love hearing y'alls input!! ;)
Happy New Year to you all, and may 2014 bring you much success, happiness, love, and pee-in-your-pants laughter.