It’s here! A New Year!
And I can’t wait.
2013 was awesome…
Paleo/NonPaleo killed it traffic-wise, traffic doubled year on year.
My book, The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo, hit bestseller status in 24 hours.
Those of you graciously offering me your email addresses so I can send a newsie letter to you once a week tripled.
And I made some wonderful, heartfelt connections with my readers.
I can’t thank you enough for your support and am humbled by it.
After two lonely years, I even found some people in real life who live this way. It is no longer a lifestyle for weirdos, yuppies or some other fringey group. It gained traction with more and more acceptance and increasing respect. Paleo books are booming on Amazon – it has its own category.
Things *are* changing and I hope to hear more and more success stories as we go through this upcoming year.
…but 2014 will be bigger!
I can’t wait for 2014. It will be huge, huge, HUGE!
I’ll be turning 50. (No, I can’t believe it either. 🙂
My kids will be going to high school.
I have some paleo projects coming up that are simply thrilling.
But before we move on, let’s reflect
Are you an analytical nerd like me?
I could spend hours and hours poring over data, looking for trends and patterns. I love to find out what people are reading, what catches their eye, what engages them. I find it (you :-)) so interesting.
One thing I couldn’t resist doing recently is looking over the most popular posts of 2013. I spend 4-6 hours on each post and it is hugely exciting to press “publish” and wait to see what happens. And I get to do that every week! Did I say “exciting”?
Such is the addictive nature of having a blog.
Duds but more explosions
Some posts bomb, but most of them do great, are well-received and make me very happy.
There are perennial favorites that attract readers every day, over and over, day in and day out. And there are those that soar like a bird then come down to settle just outside the top ten.
Some of them are very successful because they are current – this post about Downton Abbey rode high at the time of publication, and again when the new series recently started, while others get “found” by some influential person way after I originally wrote them and get new life breathed into them.
You can never tell
What I found when I did my analysis was interesting and I want to share with you the top posts from 2013, give them some new life and introduce new readers to the Best of Paleo/NonPaleo 2013!
Most Viewed Post of 2013
What to eat for breakfast was the most often asked question until I wrote this post. It lists twenty breakfast ideas, most of them without eggs, and links to recipes.
My family’s review of five paleo pizza recipes and links.
Most Shared Post of 2013
The post got the most shares, the most comments (and an even greater number of private emails) and the post readers spent the longest time reading(nearly 6 minutes on average) is this one about my son, Oliver. My most personal post to date, it tells the story of Oliver and how changing his diet turned not only his life around but that of our whole family. It is a story with a very happy ending, but it could have been very different. I still get emails from families who have gone or are still going through this that make me cry. Please read it.
Second Place: How to Stop Overeating in Seconds
Sometimes posts perform beyond my wildest expectations and so it was with this one. This is a tip that was inspired by book on productivity called “Do It Tomorrow”. It’s a behavioral method that has, like many things, multiple applications.
Most Commented On
Thoughts of mine on my 49th birthday as I look back over what I’ve learned during my five decades. Great comments too!
Most Time Spent Reading:
First Place: How Paleo Saved My Entire Family from a Tragic Ending
This is an ongoing favorite and tells of how I learned I had high cholesterol after a while on a paleo diet. If you read it, please read the update: My Battle with High Cholesterol and How I Avoided Statins
I hope you join me in looking forward to great things in the year ahead. I hope you will also join me in learning more and more about healthy eating and implementing it in a world where it is decidedly counter-culture. A very happy new year to you and your loved ones. May there be great health ahead! 🙂
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