It depends on what you mean by “popular”

It depends on what you mean by “popular”

I just gave the popular posts page a long-needed makeover. The old one was outdated, but I didn’t realize until I dove in how complicated choosing what to include on that page would be.

First, I had to decide what “popular” meant. I decided to share the posts that YOU all liked–and commented on–the most, not just the ones that got the most pageviews because people tapped certain keywords into the search engines.

Sometimes those two categories overlap, but sometimes–as you’ll see–they don’t. At all.

The new popular posts page holds the posts that YOU liked. holds But I thought you might be interested in seeing which posts garner the most pageviews, largely because of the search engines. Google likes old posts: some of these are really old, and there’s a good chance you’ve never seen them before.

Here they are:

You Can Kick the Sarcastic Habit

You Can Kick the Sarcastic Habit

(This is far and away the most viewed post on the blog, and the search terms that people use to find it are funny, horrible, surprising, and sad.)

IKEA Ektorp sofa sectional review
A Dissenting Opinion on the IKEA Ektorp Sofa

how to buy swimsuit online

8 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a Swimsuit Online

how to encourage your man in his work

How to Encourage the Man in Your Life: Encourage Him at Work

10 tips for feeding men and boys

10 Tips for Feeding Men and Boys

I think it’s funny how different these two lists of posts are, depending on what you mean by “popular.” Does it surprise you, too? 

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    • Anne says:

      Oh, wow. I can lose my faith in humanity sometimes just looking at the keywords people use to get to my blog! I mean, seriously.

  1. Tammy says:

    Anne, I love your blog. I love that you post about Anne of Green Gables and MBTI (fellow INFP here). I love that you post about Brene Brown and all the books you love. I love your honesty. I love that in a few short paragraphs, you never fail to give me food for thought for the day. I follow dozens of blogs, but yours is the one that I read the most consistently. That much said, not that there was anything wrong with any of these “popular” posts (they’re all great!) these would never have been MY picks for my favorite posts. Interesting!

  2. Alexandra Stevens says:

    I actually found your blog after seeing your sarcasm article on Pinterest, and I’ve been a daily reader ever since. 🙂

  3. Lesley says:

    Fascinating! Thanks for sharing. It’s really interesting to see what people search for. My most popular post is one my husband wrote titled “Letter to my 30 year old wife.” He is (self admittedly) a terrible writer, and thus finds great joy in being the author of my top post to date. If what he wrote wasn’t so nice I’d be really annoyed. 🙂

  4. Bronwyn Lea says:

    This was the first time I have found your (wonderful, fun, insightful) site, and this was the perfect introductory post to introduce me to mrs Darcy’s greats. I think God has a wonderful sense of humor in that people can start out looking for one thing on the web, and then “happen” to come across your page: gracious and seasoned with salt 🙂

  5. 'Becca says:

    Interesting! I don’t think I had ever noticed that you had a Popular Posts page, rather than just a computer-generated list of most popular posts. I’ve been thinking about doing some indexing of my site now that I’m well over 400 posts–thanks for the inspiration.

    My #1 most popular post, ever since I posted it more than a year ago, has been Important Information on Blood Types of Parents and Children, which I wrote on a whim inspired by irritation with pregnancy books. I got some idea of the need to present this information clearly as I searched for sources to link (because I’m hardly an expert on blood types), but I had no idea how much confusion on this subject is out there! I can see it every day in the search terms. I’m glad to be helping.

    On the other hand, another post of mine has been very popular because it bashes the Teletubbies. I am amazed both at how many people search questions like, “Are Teletubbies demons?” and “How do Teletubbies harm children?” and at how many Teletubbies fans feel so defensive about them that they felt compelled to comment–until I finally closed comments on that article because I couldn’t take the DEATH THREATS anymore.

    I’d kind of rather draw readers with the topics that are more important to me, but it is interesting seeing what really draws people and what questions they’re asking.

      • 'Becca says:

        Threatening me because I dared criticize their beloved Teletubbies. I didn’t publish any comments that were that extreme because my site is set up to allow comments from an email address once one comment from that address has been approved–and I didn’t want to hear more from those people! But I did publish several extremely critical comments, mainly because I was fascinated by how well the writers had demonstrated the effects of Teletubbification on thinking skills and literacy. 🙂

        • Tim says:

          “the writers had demonstrated the effects of Teletubbification on thinking skills and literacy.”

          Oh my word, that’s funny ‘Becca!

          • Anne says:

            “It is interesting seeing what really draws people and what questions they’re asking.”

            It sure is! (And that cracks me up about the teletubbies. 🙂 )

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