2016 was a strange year for my blog and you can see it in my top posts. Unlike last year, I only have one recipe that got a lot of page views. Why? I didn't cook. I didn't have time. Between starting my LuLaRoe business and dealing with chronic illness, I didn't create any recipes (which is probably why my page views decreased). This year for me was all about survival. Trying to navigate hospital stays, doctors appointments and school with Rosie and selling buttery soft leggings to make some more money. So, I had to make a choice and that was to stop focusing on blogging and put my energy where my family needed it most.
Setting priorities. I think we all start the year off great with resolutions and then falter because we put too much energy into things that aren't important. Writing for me is important. It's cathartic, however, my blog this year turned into more of a hobby than a job for the first time in a few years and I'm okay with that. I'm not 110% convinced (and many other influencers would agree) that you need a ton of blog traffic to make a decent income. People just need to trust your recommendations and mine do. Thank you for that.
So, here are my top posts of 2016. It's no surprise that they fall into two basic categories: LuLaRoe and illness. I appreciate each and every one of you that reads my posts and clicks the links so we have a little extra money every month.
My top picks for a LuLaRoe launch got the most traffic all year consistently through Pinterest. There's so much to buy to get started, I wanted to help others not have to search for the best prices. It's a post that I keep updated with current links.
I got more traffic on this post in one day than I've ever seen before in my life and I loved it. The problem with the dance world isn't the costumes. It's objectifying young dancers. I still stand by this.
This Seafood Stuffed Baby Bellas recipe is so delicious you need to try it. It's fairly simple to make and perfect for a dinner party!
This lovely red-headed beauty is rare. Her raven locks make her so. So do all her health conditions. How rare is too rare?
Shocker. People really want to win leggings. Do you blame them?
In September, the beast got a name. EDS.
Over the summer, I had fun with my teen and her BFF. They threw on some LuLa and we went out to the backyard for a photo shoot. Apparently, people liked the Styling LuLaRoe for Teens post too.
At one point this fall, we thought Rosie had a bad gallbladder which would've been an easy fix to her stomach pain. Sadly, all the tests came back normal.
I was brutally honest in this post. You spend over a month in the hospital and you're bound to be scarred.
So there you have it. My top posts from last year. Hopefully, the trend with LuLaRoe will continue and the chronic illness one will stop. Keep your fingers crossed.