Traffic GrowthI worked hard on my blog this year, and it was nice to see that I still managed some growth - about 50% in page views. However, most of it happened in the first part of the year while my later posts kind of fizzled. Frankly, it could be because I really struggled to finding my blogging mojo in the second part of the year.
I am very thankful to everyone who stopped here to read and comment, and I hope that you will be coming back for more this year!
Top 10 PostsHere is what I learned from this year:
1. "Event Posts" Need to Be Out EarlyMy #1 post of this year was The Story of Olympic Rings with a Free Printable. It was written in April while the Olympic Games in Rio took place in August. This post certainly gathered a lot of "juice" between April and August and its "partner" Continents and Countries Olympic Sort got to #4 in traffic.
2. STEAM Rocks
Several of my top posts were written for collaborative STEAM projects with other Kid STEAM bloggers. I worked hard on them and it was gratifying to see them getting traffic:
#3: A giant round up of 52 free science projects for kids
3. You CAN Do Classic Experiments Over and Over Again
Usually I avoid doing "me too" experiments or crafts but, apparently, there can never be enough of them, especially if they come with decent images. My Tornado in a Jar post was #6 in traffic for this year.
4. Sometimes It's Just Luck...
I really can't explain why Stress less for success on academic tests rose to #9. It was "stumbled" by someone and a lot of traffic came from Stumbled Upon and also from Pinterest.
5. Passion Counts
My post #2 of the year was on the topic I feel very passionately about - how we shortchange our brightest children by cutting gifted education and putting them into mixed ability classrooms. Apparently, this post struck the nerve with gifted community, because of an overwhelming response to What If Michael Phelps Trained in the Kiddie Pool?
What’s in Store for 2017?Honestly, at this point I don't want to promise anything. As Smarty is getting older, she is spending more time doing self-directed activities of her choice and few of them are really "blog-worthy". I still plan to continue blogging, but I am not sure whether I will maintain any sort of a schedule or write when I feel more inspired to talk about specific topics. Perhaps Smarty will appear as a guest blogger from time to time if she is interested. I am considering a few other ideas, but at this point I plan to take a more "relaxed" view of my blogging hobby and see how things unfold. I still hope that my loyal readers will follow me and keep up with events at Planet Smarty Pants.
If you have a suggestion on how I can make my blog better or a topic for my blog, I am always opened to your comments.