A Year in Review: Top Blog Posts of 2012

 

Happy New Year!

Now that 2012 has passed, it’s a great time tok look back at the year and the top blog posts that kept both you and me talking. With 2012 now just a distant memory, reviewing what worked, what didn’t and why is always a good exercise. I’m genuinely interested in what you think, what you like about my posts and what you dislike. This is why reviewing the last 365 days’ posts is so insightful.

Here at the Multiple Mayhem Mamma blog, it was an interesting year, that’s for sure. As a blogger who writes about topics related to parenting, there are always subjects to be addressed. After all - kids are a handful in more ways than one, and navigating motherhood (and fatherhood) is an act that even the most seasoned of parents can use some help with. That was the reason that I started this blog in the first place: to have a place to express both my joys and frustrations about parenting, as well as to provide a place where I could offer advice, tips and interesting commentary that would be appreciated by others who were in a similar boat. I believe I’ve done this to the best of my abilities, but as with everything in life, you can’t please everyone.

Some posts of the past year, I’ve loved, though it seemed like I was the only one who did. Other posts that I thought were not my best work by any stretch got much more play than I would ever have anticipated. You never really know when you hit “publish” what the effect on others will be and perhaps that’s why blogging is so addictive - and cathartic.

Anyway, this preamble is much longer than it should be so I’ll stop it here.

Following are the top blog posts of 2012

Posts that received the most traffic (in this order):

  1. Is Your Refrigerator Running? The Lost Art of the Crank Phonecall - This is surprisingly the most visited blog post of the year. Little did I know when I wrote this piece that it would be the one that is most read, by far more than any other post on the site. I guess this homage to the way things used to be hit home with more folks than would be imagined.
  2. Top 5 Tips For Getting Your Child to Eat Breakfast - We’ve all been there, right? You’re rushing to get yourself and your kid out the door in time for work and school and they refuse to eat their breakfast. That’s how this post came about - due to the frustration of dealing with the situation and finally figuring out work-arounds to get the kids to eat. You do what you’ve got to do, right?
  3. Surviving Children’s Birthday Parties - Top 10 Tips For Parents - This post gets consistent traffic day in and day out. Common search strings for this post? “kids birthday party” and “kids birthday party stress” (italics mine). Who knew?? 😉
  4. How to Parent in 5 Easy Steps - Okay, this one was a total surprise because I did not think it was my best work, and still don’t think so. It was written fairly quickly and there’s what I feel is a bit of a snarky tone to the whole thing, probably because I was in a foul mood from being sleep-deprived by my Two-Foot Perpetrators (my twin boys). Nonetheless, people keep clicking on this one to the point where it’s the fourth most read blog post on the site. Just goes to show that you never know what will resonate with your readers.
  5. Top 10 Tips For Stress-Free Christmas Shopping - It’s the most wonderful time of the year right? Wrong - at least for those of us who don’t have the Christmas shopping down to a fine science, myself included. It’s always a cause of stress every year so this year I thought about taking the proverbial bull by the horns. The result was this post and it seemed to click with a number of you.
  6. Top 10 Ways to Save Money - Tips For Parents - Who doesn’t want to save money? Parents in particular often look for ways to cut corners due to the cost of raising kids. No wonder that this post was one of the most visited in 2012.
  7. “Irregardless” and Other Non-Words - I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only one who is irritated beyond belief by the non- word “irregardless” as well as by the general disregard for proper use of the English language. Just a pet peeve of mine but one that has the power to truly rankle me anyway. The post was a bit of a vent and hit a nerve with a number of you as well.
  8. Monday Musings - Is “Unschooling” a Good Idea? - Shunning conventional methods of education is what some parents have done in a growing “unschooling” movement. Due to the controversial nature of this philosophy, this post got a lot of traffic and continues to be one of the top visited ones on my blog.
  9. How to Get Your Child to Do Their Homework - Top 6 Tips - Is it any surprise that tips for getting your child to do their homework is one of the more popular posts on the site? Who doesn’t struggle with this?
  10. My Honda CR-V Test Drive - Apparently there are LOTS of parents looking for the best family-friendly vehicle out there. When I had the fortune of test-driving the latest Honda CR-V recently, I wrote about it and posted some pics. By far, this is one of the most searched for items (search string: “Honda CRV family vehicle”) by parents who are looking for a family-friendly and reasonably-priced vehicle.

Those posts were the most visited in 2012. Now here are my personal faves (top 5):

  1. The Unkindness of Strangers - An incident that occurred at Walmart made me reflect on my inaction and the need for all of us to have greater empathy for those in need.
  2. “Irregardless” and Other Non-Words - While I will be the first to say that I’m anything close to being grammatically perfect, I at least try. That’s why when I hear non-words such as “irregardless” being used as if they are actual words, I want to pull my hair out strand by strand. What’s even more alarming is that kids these days are following suit, with bad grammar and spelling becoming a growing trend.
  3. The Veneer of Confidence - It’s all “smoke and mirrors” when it comes to the “perfection” of parenting, especially for some folks. These moms and dads seem to have it all together, making the rest of us feel completely inadequate. This post discusses the “veneer of confidence” that these parents appear to have, “appear” being the operative word. The “perfect parent” doesn’t really exist.
  4. Parenting in the Digital Age - An ongoing blog series that I started this year due to my loves of two things: kids and technology (and not necessarily in that order ;))
  5. Obsolescence and the Philosophy of Impermanence - Yet another look at how quickly things have changed over the past 30 years or so, and the implications for our kids. Yes, it’s a topic that is on my mind frequently.

Near the end of 2012, I started a feature on this blog called “Monday Musings” where I pose a question about a parenting-related topic for discussion. Through a video log (vlog), I hope to engage and interact with all of you to get to the bottom of the answers for the many aspects of parenting with which we all struggle. If you  haven’t already seen or engaged with these posts, I urge you to do so. Let’s talk :)

Here’s a list of them for your viewing pleasure 😉

Monday Musings - Is “Unschooling a Good Idea?

Monday Musings - How Do You Talk To Your Children About Tragedy?

Monday Musings - Parents, Teachers and Authority

Monday Musings - Nature vs. Nurture

Monday Musings - Parents Oversharing on Social Media

Monday Musings - City or Suburbs?

Monday Musings - Are Our Kids Growing Up Too Fast?

That’s it for now. It’s been a great year and I look forward to interacting with you more in the year to come.

Best,

Sam

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