This year has been a great year for me with the growth of my blog. I wanted to start the year by sharing with you the top 15 posts as voted by the number of pageviews.
Last year, my blog grew by 154% in pageviews. As of today, December 29, 2015, I’m at 1,993,157 pageviews for 2015. By tomorrow, I should hit 2 million pageviews for 2015. Won’t that be amazing! For 2014, I didn’t even hit 1 million pageviews, so that is some great growth.!
My followers in all my social media channels grew as well. Most of those nearly doubled for the year. My income from the blog also grew by 300%. Yay! I’ve worked really hard to turn my blog into a business and that is a sign that it is paying off. I’m about 1/3 of the way to full-time income, which is my goal, but for the first year, I made a profit. I’m super happy about that! Of course, I’d prefer to be at full-time income, but I have big plans for 2016 and I’m hopeful to see another 300% gain in income this year.
So what exactly were the most popular posts here on The Real Thing with the Coake Family? I’ve got the top 15 in reverse order. I’m a numbers nerd, so I’m going to show you how many pageviews each post got as well. These top 15 are taken only from posts that were published in 2015.
#15 – DIY American Girl Doll Bunk Beds
#14 – How to Fix Your IKEA Duvet Covers (or other duvet covers that are slipping around)
I guess I’m not the only one that can’t stand the duvet slipping around in the cover. Brrrr… this post came from the pure necessity to stay warm. Lol!
#13 – Easter Mason Jar Cookie Recipe
I guess Easter cookies are more popular than I realized. 🙂
#12 – Simple DIY Doll Furniture
I’m delighted that lots of you like the American Girl Doll nightstand my youngest daughter and I made together. We had fun making it together and she is happy that her post is in the top 15 on my site for this year. Nothing better!
#11 – Sewing a Doll Bean Bag Chair ~ Free Pattern
You guys really liked our bean bag chair idea.
#10 – Stitch Fix 18 – Sign up to get your own fix here (affiliate link)
My Stitch Fix posts were very popular this year and there are quite a few in my top 15…what can I say, you guys like fashion and my photo bombing children.
#9 – Best of The Real Thing with the Coake Family 2014
#8 – How to Make a Mattress for Any Doll Bed
I love when I can make something a little more simple to make and it turns out really cute.
#7 – Stitch Fix #14 – Sign up to get your own fix here (affiliate link)
#6 – 15 Best Apps for a Road Trip
Be still my little techie and road trip loving heart! You guys loved hearing about my favorite apps to use on our road trips.
#5 – Decorating Ideas – Apothecary Jars
Honestly, this was just an easy filler post to put together before I took off time for the holiday’s last year. I did totally have fun putting together the Apothecary jars as well as decorating them throughout the year, I just didn’t have any idea so many of you would enjoy seeing all my ideas together in one post.
#4 – Over 15 Wonderful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
We all must have a lot of sweet moms we want to give great DIY gifts and crafts.
#3 – Stich Fix 15 – Sign up to get your own fix here (affiliate link)
Did you know that it takes me over 3 hours to set up, photograph myself, photograph the clothes and tear down? That doesn’t include the time it takes to edit the pics and write the posts. They are not super quick to put together….especially when my kids start photo bombing me. 😉
#2 – How to Entertain the kids on a Road Trip
I have to say Thank You! You guys know how much I love my road trips with my girls. I LOVE that this post has been so well received and that tons of you are enjoying learning my tips and tricks. I hope they are helping you out!
#1 – Over 20 Great Ways to Get Organized
Here’s to being more organized!
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Lisa Messick Ryan says
Thanks for the update. Great job on your blog this past year. Have a great 2016. Remember, it’s all in the data!