Well, that clock is ticking and 2013 is quickly drawing to a close. Waah! I am SO kidding. I'm excited to usher in 2014 in all its glory! Let's talk about 2013 in review here on OOTOB.
So by a huge long shot, my most popular post in 2013 was How to Clean for Passover in One Day. I mean, that was viral (by my standards) with nearly 10,000 hits. 9332 for you dataheads. Is everyone really so intimidated by Passover???
Next in line, in the 3000 range, was my interview with my friend, the convert, Diplogeek. In the 2000 range were #3 and #4, Disillusioned and (surprisingly to me) Be Careful What You Name Your Kid. People are so into names for their kids! This post got almost the most comments too. 180!!
#5, #6, and #7, all in the 1700 range, were Christian Modesty, Jewish Modesty, A Skeptic Becomes a Convert, and Why I'm Not a Pluralist. #8, with 1400 hits, was my marriage tips post in honor of our 20th anniversary, and #9 (1392 hits) was The Bnei Mitzvah Blues. And #10 for most popular posts of 2013 was I Don't Know What To Say, with 1299 hits.
Parenthetically, my most popular off-the-charts post of all time, with 12,675 hits, is my interview with my Chassidic friend, Libby. And nearly EVERY SINGLE DAY someone finds my blog by googling something about Chassidic people.
Least popular post! Tada! Prayer for Boston, after the bombing back in April. Even fewer hits than my "announcement posts" (like "I'm taking a blogging break"). I find that kind of weird. Isn't that universal? Maybe the people who read my blog don't pray all that much? Or maybe it's not why they read my blog? It got only 323 hits.
Most comments? Why I'm Not a Pluralist, in June, with 191 comments, which, together with the Bnei Mitzvah Blues, in April (at 62 comments, some emotionally heated) were my scariest posts to moderate. Perhaps they contributed to my unprecedented two-month blogging break and subsequent reevaluation of the blog.
Now here's a surprise: the post I wrote at least three times and never had the guts/stupidity (you pick) to publish, entitled "WOW Backstory: Israel's Identity Crisis." I'm grateful that one stayed in the drafts! But I didn't actually delete it :)
Curious to hear your favorites, or what really stuck with you from OOTOB in 2013. Wishing all a happy new year in 2014 with lots more fun convos here!