It seemed to start when my beloved cat Mimi passed away on Christmas Eve 2015, and I wrote a post about her called 10 Life Lessons From an Amazing Gray Cat. The Mimi post went viral, at least by my definition at the time.
Views of that particular post faded quickly, but traffic to other posts, new and old, surged way beyond my expectations. As with any blog, some articles rocket to the top of the “most popular” list, and stay there. A few are among my most popular posts year after year.
The majority of my most popular posts this year either tell you how to do something or how to fix something. This is very exciting since I love helping people. Here’s the list of LivingWithBeth’s top 10 most viewed posts of 2016. Which ones helped you?
Crustless Low Carb Pumpkin Pie
Readers really love my crustless low carb pumpkin pie recipe, the only recipe on my 2016 top ten list! Traffic to this post spiked around the holidays, but it was probably already my number one post of the year even before that time period.
The recipe was republished on another popular blog, and was even included in an issue of Low Carb Magazine.
Fix Your Roku WiFi Problems
My post about fixing Roku WiFi problems made the list again this year. Written almost two years ago, it’s periodically updated to keep it current. I love my Roku devices, and it’s thrilling to be able to help so many people make the most of their Rokus.
Fix Your Dyson Cordless Vacuum
Many thousands of readers have viewed my post that helps fix problems with a Dyson cordless vacuum pulsating on and off. This is another case of sharing how I fixed a problem I’ve experienced.
Roadrunner Email Setup
My post about setting up Roadrunner email on an iPhone, iPad or Android device was written more than two years ago and appeared on last year’s top 10 list, too. As with my other popular how-to posts, I update it occasionally to keep it current.
Cool Things Your Android Phone Can Do
My post featuring cool Android hacks continues to draw large numbers of readers more than two years after I wrote it.
PPV on Roku
The second of two Roku articles to make my 2016 top ten list, my post describing how to watch pay per view on Roku continues to help large numbers of readers a year and a half after it was originally published. It was also on last year’s top 10 list, and I update it on occasion to keep it fresh and relevant.
Disturbing Things In Your Genealogy
Besides writing and technology, another of my passions is genealogy research. I began sharing genealogy posts on LivingWithBeth, and many of them really took off, such as the one about disturbing things you’ll find when researching your family’s genealogy.
How I Lost Weight
I shared how I lost 45 pounds on the Dukan Diet, along with an interview with Dr. Dukan, who created the diet. The post drew a large number of readers, and I hope it helped others as the Dukan Diet has helped me.
Get Paint Drips Off Vinyl Siding
I felt a huge sense of accomplishment a couple of years ago after I painted my front porch and rear deck – a big, first-time undertaking for me, and my largest DIY project to date. Unfortunately, I ended up with some paint drips on my vinyl siding, but I managed to remove most of the paint drips through some trial and error.
Find Your Ancestors Who Came Through Ellis Island
Unless your ancestors were native Americans (who have been in North America for many centuries) or African slaves (who came to the U.S. involuntarily), your ancestors were immigrants who probably came to the U.S. seeking a better life. Finding records of your immigrant ancestors can help immensely with your genealogy research.
If your ancestors arrived in the late 1800s or early 1900s, they may have been processed on Ellis Island. You can search for your immigrant ancestors who went through Ellis Island online for free. I was able to find my dad’s grandparents this way.