2013 Blogging in Review

As you may have noticed, I took some time yesterday to update the look of my blog just a bit. As I was spending some serious time poking around my blog, I got the inkling to look back through my posts of 2013.

I decided not to go the traditional route of recalling all I did in 2013 because it just doesn’t strike me as really interesting at the moment. Although my blog is now a year and a half old, it was last January that I really started putting my blog out there and investing time into this place I call my own. So in a way, I consider January my one year blogging anniversary since it’s been a year since I got serious about blogging.

I can tell you, a lot has changed in a year! There’s been a lot of growth, experimenting, and a lot of enjoyment that I’d love to share with you.

{ Top Blogging Stats of 2013 }

Top 5 Posts (by pageviews)

Every Blogger’s Battle: WordPress vs. Blogger (with almost 25,000 page views!)

WordPress vs. Blogger

5 Blogging Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making
Sweet & Spicy Crockpot Chili
{ Book Review } The Fault in Our Stars
5 Secrets of Successful Bloggers

Top 5 Commenters 

Me, obviously! I like to comment back!
Heather @ Fit N Cookies
Danica @ It’s Progression
Becky @ The Saved Runner
Katie @ Live Half Full

Um, I love you guys :)

Top 5 Traffic Referrers


I’m surprised that Facebook is even on the list, as it’s usually the lowest referrer ever.

Google Reader going away seriously was the best thing that ever happened to my blog because now everyone reads it through Blog Lovin! Before Google went away, I barely got any traffic from readers like that. (P.S. You can subscribe here.)


{ Personal Favorites }

Top 5 Favorite Posts 

So hard to pick! But here’s some fun ones that came to mind:



Top 5 Recipes

Pumpkin BreadTop 5 Workouts

It’s fun looking back on what I wrote over the past year! You can see more stats like this here at my Jet Pack annual report.

Questions for You: 

  • What has the highlight of your blog been, if you have one?
  • What one area of your life do you enjoy looking back on the most?



  1. Loving the updates Melissa! I really like your header!
    Lauren-Kate recently posted…Sweet Potato, Cannellini Bean Burgers with Paprika ChipsMy Profile

  2. That’s a great review. I enjoy your blog and I like the updates you made to it. :) Here’s to 2014!
    Melissa Smith recently posted…Financial Freedom FridayMy Profile

  3. New update looks great! So jealous you can make that happen in just a snow day!
    Casey recently posted…Goals for the New YearMy Profile

  4. I’m so happy that you started blogging! I love waking up and reading your posts. xo.
    Marissa @Barefoot Colorado recently posted…Ring in the New Year with VitaFrute!My Profile

  5. I loved getting the Jet Pack annual report, too. My most read post was a guest post written by my future DIL when she wrote “The Proposal” and that makes me so happy!

    I enjoy all of your post, but I don’t know if you realize this or not, but your “Blog – How To” posts were so helpful to me as a new blogger. I pinned them to my Pinterest blog board for future reference. Your post about backing up your blog was so important and timely. I’d been trying to figure out how to do it, and your post explained it and made it so easy! Thank you!
    Debbie @ DebRuns recently posted…Would You Rather…My Profile

  6. I’m so glad I connected with you and your blog. I love reading your posts everyday!
    Heather @fitncookies recently posted…Christmas Part 3 RecapMy Profile

  7. I just want to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog the last 6 months or so and can’t wait to continue following along!
    Laura @losingrace recently posted…Catching up on the ‘News’My Profile

  8. Fun blog recap! Congrats on a great year!

    I thought Google Reader going away would hurt my blog, but I actually don’t think it had much of an impact, which is a good thing!
    Jessica Lawlor recently posted…Three Words For 2014My Profile

  9. I am new here so cannot comment on your blog improvements but will say it look great. What a great review and an awesome year. I am blown away by the 25,000 page views, I dream of numbers half that.
    It sounds like you have an awesome blog and very happy followers, success, congrats .
    Karen main recently posted…Why Photoaday is more than taking photosMy Profile

  10. Love this! Since I started following your blog this fall, it was nice to get a feel for some posts I missed. Love the changes you made too – you have great style with your blog!
    kim @ Racing Bananas recently posted…How to Make the World’s Best Sandwich (Recipe!)My Profile

  11. I’m looking forward to reading your posts about blogging that you’ve linked. I’m always looking for ways to improve my blog.
    Tina@GottaRunNow recently posted…3 Fitness Goals for 2014My Profile

  12. You’re blog looks great. Good job on having such a growth year. Here’s hoping 2014 is filled with His blessings! Following you now on bl, IG, and G+! Can’t wait to read along!
    Kimberly {Stuffed Suitcase} recently posted…New Years Resolutions Accountability Record Tracker PrintableMy Profile

  13. Isn’t it fun to look back over the year? I also love that it’s like an online journal and I can track major events, highs and lows. Wishing you the best in 2014!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted…Menu Plan and Detox Kick offMy Profile

  14. My blof turned 1 on January 1. I too did not want ot rehash 2013 or do a traditional blogiversary giveaway. I’m still trying to find my blogging niche. I’m looking into becoming self hosted as well as getting someone to kick it up a notch with a new look. I’m going to make my blog about my life, running and the journey I’m taking to improve it. Thank you for your help and guidance.

  15. Oh I am happy that I was a top commenter! :) I love the new look on your blog. Seriously, you should consider doing a blog design business! I need help with mine. 😉
    Becky recently posted…Time to Reveal a Little SecretMy Profile

    • Thank you, Becky! I have actually entertained the idea many times. I’m not that great with coding, but I do love deisng aspects. I am considering offering some free design elements like headers, social media icons, etc. as a start :)

  16. My top post was my Paleo Brownie Recipe- surprising because it was one of my first recipes!
    Lauren recently posted…Downtown Steamboat Springs: Colorado Day 3My Profile

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