I don't look at my blog's stats as a matter of principle. I am too busy to hang on how many throngs of people are reading and from where. I used to check all the time, but I have a lot more to do now and a lot less time to play around online.
I write and respond to comments and emails, but I don't obsess over Google Analytics.
Having said that, I wanted to check out what posts were the most popular last year, so I looked around in there and found some interesting information.
More than half a million people visited Feels Like Home last year, and they spent an average of 3 minutes at a time reading.
That's more visitors than some blogs, but less than others.
Here are the posts that had the most page views in 2012:
No surprise here. This is my all-time #1 post, linked to from parenting sites all over the world. It's been featured by Iranian, French, Italian, and scores of English-speaking websites. Once in a while, another post will jump above it temporarily (like at Christmastime or Valentine's Day), but this one always finds its way back to the top. This big, puffy tutu is super easy to make, and my tutorial is illustrated with step-by-step photos.
Most of these gifts would be appropriate for any time of the year – birthdays, Mother's Day, or whenever. They range from simple and easy to complex.
This post includes everything from corn mini pies to single serving omelets and frozen chicken stock. There's not a single cupcake on the list.
How to Make a Quilt from Baby Clothes
This post is about how to get started on a keepsake quilt made from baby clothes. So I started this quilt when I was pregnant with Allie. I hacked up most of our nicest baby clothes, leaving poor baby Allie with practically nothing to wear. And then I left the box of already cut and not yet cut clothes sit around my house for the next two years. I haven't finished the quilt yet, but it's next up on my list of projects to finish. Check back with me in a year or so. In the meantime, check out the post because it has a lot of examples and inspiration.
How to Make Ice Cream Without Eggs
Pretty much self-explanatory, right? This is a recipe for homemade, no-cook ice cream without using eggs. It's just cream, milk, sugar, and flavoring.
A lot of crafting went into this post. There's a round-up of ornament tutorials from around the blogosphere, and there are also a bunch of ornaments that we created here. I guess it's not timely now, but you can bookmark or pin it for next Christmas.
I did a whole homemade Valentine's Day series in 2011. There were homemade gifts that kids could make, that grown-ups could make, that you could print, and many more. I think there were 7 or 8 posts in all, but this is the most popular.
Springform pans are required for most kinds of cheesecake, but they have many more uses than that! The recipes include tarts, cakes, and even a cheese pie.
When Grace was wee, I made her a simple fabric cape. The instructions are very simple and illustrated step-by-step. If there's a small person in your life needing a cape, grab your sewing machine!
This is the post that started my whole 10 ways to use… series. The list includes cakes, meatloaves, chickens, and many others. You'll never look at your bundt pan with disdain again.
I was surprised to see this post in my top 12. It's a series of activities about clouds. (Um, obviously.) In my last life, I was a high school earth science teacher, so I loved doing this post. I should do more of this.
What are your favorite Feels Like Home posts?
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