LOOKING back on 2011 there was one post on the Musical Minis blog, Learning Made Fun, that had more hits than all the others.
On Saturday 9th July, the post on 'how to have a baby girl............or not' (originally published in 2010) had more than 3,500 hits. Since then the hits have continued, although at a slower pace. The success of the post was linked to the Beckhams' baby daughter, Harper Seven, being born after 3 boys. BBC news quoted the post as a feature on the health pages on Saturday. The article by Helen Briggs titled 'Sugar and spice and all things nice' was popular remaining as one of the most read articles for the whole day - even more so than the phone hacking and space launch articles, which were current at the time. My blog was a featured link and led to blog hits soaring.
The second most read post on the blog was my response to my experience of appearing in the Daily Mail also in July. The Daily Mail made up quotes and wrote a totally different article to what I had expected to be a positive piece on my 25 year marriage. If you missed it you can read my post 'Don't believe everything you read: My experience of appearing in the Daily Mail'
At number 3 in the most popular posts was the post published in June on Politically correct nursery rhymes. This seemed to strike a cord with many of the blogs readers.
As a suprise the 5th most read blog post in 2011 was one in a series we had written about 'Where do nursery rhymes come from' and this one was in May about the song London's burning. This was also written by Linda Jones and at the time, although it was read, it wasn't a popular post. However, in the London riots last Summer, Londons Burning, was a popular search and a total new bunch of readers found the blog!
If you missed any of these posts at the time please read them and comment on them if you can. Thank you to everyone was has read, commented or shared a post on the blog in 2011. Anything you would like covered in 2012 just let me know.