As 2013 draws to a close, I wanted to share my most-viewed posts once again. I think they may surprise you.

Please share your favorites in the comments, on Facebook or via Twitter! Let me know what you love so I can bring you  more of it.

Drumroll, please …

The most popular posts of 2013 are:

#1 What Happens When a Foodie Goes Whole 30 – May 14, 2013

You guys loved Sarah’s account of her journey with the Whole 30 program! Plus, I think you guys are suckers for a good love story, so, if you missed the follow-up posts on Facebook, here is a link to their wedding announcement in the New York Times (it was included in their year-end wrap-up of the best proposals) and also, a link to their stunning wedding photos.

I think what resonated with Sarah’s and Zach’s story was her honesty and the authenticity of what she had to say. Her’s isn’t a story of miracles or crazy-making neurotic compliance to a diet plan. It’s about two people in love, making some changes and seeing how they feel. It’s good and real and she’s a great communicator.

#2 Sardine Mayo – May 30, 2013

Never underestimate the power of link love. This recipe was included in Mark’s Weekend Link Love and BAM! it got popular fast.

As a reminder, this recipe uses whole sardines as some of the fat for homemade mayo. It’s not too fishy and full of really fabulous nutrients, including calcium, DHA, CoQ10 and more.

Give it a whirl!

#3 Food Logging : What I Learned, Part I – February 26, 2013

Also never doubt the power of a share by the folks at Whole 30. My friend Julie Mayfield of Paleo Comfort Foods fame shot me a note shortly after this post went live to say that she had shared it with Melissa’s and Dallas’s team, and to expect some blog traffic. I appreciated the heads up, because it did get lots of hits quickly.

More importantly, it generated some good conversations in forums, which I discovered through the link backs on my blog’s site stats. I was really, really heartened to read what some folks took away from what I had written.

#4 Almond Butter & Banana Pancakes – April 17, 2013

This post spikes every weekend which just makes my heart go pitter patter at the thought of people making breakfast for their loves with one of my recipes!

#5 Creamy Mushroom Soup – October 1, 2013

That this is one of my most popular posts kind of blows me away. But, it does have a wide appeal as it is Paleo/Primal and vegan. It’s been shared on a great many Pinterest boards and in a lot of other posts.

What Lessons Have I Learned from this List?

Well, I have to say, I don’t have a way to judge what posts resonated most with my tried-and-true readers. I am depending on you all to give me that feedback. The posts above are popular mainly because of viral shares from key folks and the many, many, many searches I get for Whole 30 information. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the people who come to my blog through these posts are sticky.

So, I am careful to make sweeping generalizations about what you want to see more of in 2014 from the above list.

A better metric may be what posts you have engaged with the most on Facebook. Looking there, I do think some themes emerge. Here’s what was the “stickiest” in the last quarter of the year:

This startling piece on how food affects children’s behavior.

This post on Lululemon’s CEOs missteps.

This gorgeous post from Hands Free Mama on negative self-talk called The Bully Too Close to Home.

Parenting. Body image. Women’s emotional wellness. Those are the Facebook posts that you guys share, like and on which you comment.

Have I gotten it wrong? What am I not covering that you’d like to see? I am all ears!

(P.S. After I wrote this, I stumbled upon this gem from Seth Godin:

My most popular blog posts this year

…weren’t my best ones.

As usual, the most popular music wasn’t the best recorded this year either. Same for the highest-grossing movies, restaurants and politicians doing fundraising.

“Best” is rarely the same as “popular.”

Which means that if you want to keep track of doing your best work, you’re going to have to avoid the distraction of letting the market decide if you’ve done a good job or not.

Right on, Seth!)

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