I’ve been busy thinking of all the new ideas I have for the blog for 2014, and hadn’t really planned to do a look back post. Having gotten a little excited about the annual report on my blogs statistics that I received by e-mail yesterday, and seeing all the lovely look-back posts on other blogs today, I decided to add mine to the mix. Irish Parenting Bloggers are doing a link up of round-up posts today.
The top five blog posts (by views) on dairy free kids were:
- Dairy Free Chocolate Brownies
- Advent Calendars 2013
- Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc Birthday Cake
- Dairy Free Fairy Cakes
- Ho ho ho! An Organix Goodies Selection Box to give away!
My favourite ones were a little different though:
Making Lunchboxes Healthy – I liked this as it was something I was doing every day for the first time, making lunches for my eldest boy. I’ve been making them for years for myself but it’s amazing how much more thought I put in for my little boy. I have more ideas for posts on health issues with kids coming soon, watch this space.
The Product Watch series – I wonder if I’m on CCTV in all the local supermarkets taking weird photos with my phone of various products. I look at new products or new to me products instinctively now when I go to a shop, and I’m click-happy with the camera phone.
Starting Big School – It was lovely to write about a big life event that happened in our house this year.
Dairy Free en Bretagne – Lovely reminders of our holidays but hopefully helpful for people planning to travel with concerns about food and free from products available etc.
Advent Calendars 2013 – It’s no secret I love Christmas, this post started off a spate of Christmassy posts I did this year.
In 2013 I feel the blog has changed and evolved from its beginning as mostly a recipe site. I can see from the search terms that lead to my site that people are finding answers to questions I used to look for on the web and couldn’t find when I was in a situation with small children with newly diagnosed intolerance. I have helped some people find specific products they are looking for. I have written a few parenting posts and children’s health posts. I had my first competition on the blog in November and took part in my first blog-march on breast-feeding in October. I have learnt lots and ‘met’ some great supportive people in the Irish Parenting Bloggers group.
For 2014 I hope the blog will evolve even more. Coming up I will be interviewing some nutrition experts, writing more about other exclusion diets, making the recipes more user-friendly for different diets and writing some more parenting posts. I will also be writing some posts on my other love in life, technology and some ways it crosses paths with parenting and health.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2014!
Here are some of the other Irish Parenting Blogger’s 2013 round-ups:
Awfully Chipper – Round ’em up
Mini & Mum – So long 2013 we hardly knew ya
My Thoughts on a Page – My most viewed posts of 2013
Mind the Baby– 2013, what a year!
Mama.ie – 2013: what a year!
Science Wows – A Year of Blogging
Bumbles of Rice reviews 2013
At The Clothesline -2013 in 100 words (ish)
Office Mum – Obligatory year-end round-up
Mama Courage Blog – 2014 – Here we go
Learner Mama – Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014