Readers’ Top 10 Favorite Recipes and Articles . . . As Well As Mine!
I love seeing which posts you, my readers, find interesting.
As with most internet blogs, my site provides basic analytical information that tells me which posts have resonated with my readers, and which, frankly, were duds.
Analyzing data to see what makes people tick has always fascinated me. It’s actually what I did for a living for years with direct marketing programs.
For example, why is it that a simple tortilla chip dip recipe was a hands-down winner, yet, all other things being equal, no one gave even a single hoot about my favorite plum upside down cake recipe?
Why do certain posts like “Pay it Forward Weekend Begins Now” encourage scores of readers to leave comments, while the response to a post such as “Just a Mom Pondering” that meant so much to me when I wrote it, my face awash with tears, is so quiet that crickets can be heard chirping from miles around?
The timing of the post certainly is a main contributor to a post’s success. Christmas morning – soooo not good. A week before the Super Bowl – bring on the recipes!
Generic appeal is another positive factor regarding folks’ willingness to share the article with their friends as well as relatability and timeliness.
Search engine positioning is critical as well. Sometimes a Google search will reveal a PonderMom post on the first page at the very top. Other times, it will be buried all the way back on the bottom of page 16.
With that, here are your top 5 favorite recipes (in descending order), and top 5 pondering posts (in descending order), and my top 5 favorites of each category (in random order because ranking them would be like asking a mom to choose a favorite child – can’t be done!).
Click on the title of any post listed here that you’d like to read.
Readers’ Top 5 Favorite Recipes
A common theme with the popular recipes: Simplicity is key! And while I’ve offered quite a few recipes that take very little time to prepare, honestly, I have other more daring, interesting, and intricate recipes that I’d love to share, but haven’t because I know most folks’ aversion to fussy recipes. I may have to sneak one or two in now and then merely to scratch my itch!
Readers’ Top 5 Favorite Pondering Pieces
A common theme here: apparently you appreciate when I write with my heart. Other than the goofy gadget post, writing each of the posts above was as painful as taking my heart out of my chest and feeding it through a pasta press . . . um, or so I would imagine. I shuddered each time I clicked on the “Publish” button with these pieces because they meant a great deal to me, and perhaps revealed a little too much of my soul. More so, at least, than I was comfortable with at the moment.
So, the quantitative data analysis revealed your favorites. Now it’s my turn to reveal my top 5’s, which are unscientifically based solely on my opinion.
My Top 5 Favorite Recipes
This? A lowly chicken dish?
Oh my Gawd, yes, this!
As a matter of fact, I made it just last week and renewed my ever-loving devotion to this recipe. It’s a bit of a time commitment, but the flavors and textures are outstanding. You have to try it!
Truth be told, if I wasn’t pretending to be all adult and stuff, I probably would include only desserts on this list starting with this one.
The consistency of the cake is like crunchy melt-in-your mouth marshmallows. Then you add the sweet fruit and tangy sour cream, and it dances on your tongue. Specifically, it does the Nae Nae, if I remember correctly.
Why the infatuation with this one?
Well, because the flavors are unique. It’s as simple as simple pie to pull together. And it instantly pleases everyone at our dinner table.
I rest my case.
I love these sweet, little dumplings for a myriad of reasons, but primarily because they take about 10 minutes to make but taste like you slaved over an hour. What’s more, they are bathed in gooey cinnamon sugar syrup. How can gooey cinnamon sugar syrup not be good? (Keep in mind, Spencer made the ones below.)
I’m a huge vegetable fan. Perhaps it’s a subconscious means of trying to absolve myself from overdosing on sugar.
We can analyze that another time.
At the moment, I only want you to gaze upon the gloriousness of this squash tart. The pesto that’s spread on the pie crust before the cheesy, eggy, squashy filling goes in really makes the dish pop! It’s a wonderful tart that shouts SUMMER! But only in a happy, sunshine-and-daisies kind of way.
My Top 5 Favorite Pondering Pieces
Why? Because being a good mom and raising kids who will better our world is paramount to me.
Why? Because I learned that a mistake isn’t always a bad thing.
Why? Because, as an over-the-hill, card-carrying, club member, I live with these 50-something handicaps every moment of my life and it’s therapeutic to make fun of them. (Nine out of ten geriatric specialists recommend it.*) (*Fabricated fact.)
Why? Because I sweated over publishing this piece more than any other post I’ve ever written. And yet, I stepped up and conquered my fear and wrote about something that I was impassioned about despite my anxiety.
Why? Because this post reminds me not to sweat the small stuff and to gather rosebuds while I may.
So, were any of your favorite posts missing from those above?
If so, what was it, pray tell!