I wrote fewer posts in 2019 (149 v. 123) versus the previous year but page visits and views both increased over 25% as older posts continued to perform well and some new content caught on. The drop in posts doesn’t mean I was writing less overall, just writing less on the blog. Turns out writing two books and blogging and doing all the associated indie author things takes up a lot of time. The blog has always been a personal hobby and I’ll continue to do it as long as it’s fun.
I started blogging (on and off) almost 15 years ago now and I like to think of this blog as a throwback to those early pre-blogger days where everyone’s site was sort of a distorted reflection of their personal interests. That’s still what I typically write about. Books, reading, baking, running, weekends with the kids. Turns out people mostly want help with cooking and recipes. Especially recipes from marathon-winning athletes.
Here are the top 10 most popular posts from 2019:
This post highlighting tips and tricks on getting better results with the small wood fired Uuni (or now Ooni) oven has been the most popular post on the blog the last three years. Once you get caught up in the Google machine, it’s hard to escape!
But maybe the Uuni post’s run is coming to an end. There was a big uptick in activity around the end of the year for these tips on trying to salvage that chocolate ganache when things go sideways. You can’t always save it but sometimes these tricks will help.
Spots 3 – 6 were all from Shalane Flanagan and Elsye Kopecki’s two very popular cookbooks. And with good reason, too. Both are in regular rotation in my house and some of my favorite cookbooks. The recipes are nutritious, taste great, and easy to make. Some go need a few slightly more esoteric ingredients like coconut or almond flour but more than one recipes typically uses those so you aren’t stuck with a big bag of something you might only use once.
If you own a home treadmill and, more importantly, if you use it, giving it some regular TLC will vastly prolong its life. These seven simple tips won’t take too much time or effort but will pay big dividends if done regularly.
There are a ton of free books available out there whether it’s through Amazon or someone else. It’s a great time to be a reader. However, not all of those cheap or discounted books are good. Or even okay. But some are. Here are five thriller authors I think are worth a try in the Kindle Unlimited program.
Another one from Run Fast. Eat Slow. These are good and packed with protein and other nutrients to help athletes.
If Run Fast. Eat Slow is a favorite cookbooks then Flour. Water. Salt. Yeast might be my favorite bread baking cookbook. I wish more people took the plunge and tried home bread baking. It’s one of my favorite and most satisfying activities. You can’t rush it. You can’t hack it. You just need to take the time and do it. The reward is warm bread just begging for some salty butter.