I wanted to know, maybe you do too?…2018 farmstand culture blog superlatives

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Since 2018 is officially over, I can now go back and see all the stats…and you can too. It’s a little blog voyeurism. Of course, I only launched this blog in September 2018. Given the short four months this blog was operating, here is a quick post summarizing the 2018 farmstand culture blog superlatives.

Most viewed post of the year

Hummm…maybe I should save the “most viewed!” reveal for last, but I chose to tell you first. Which must mean that there’s some even more interesting superlatives later in this post.

I was surprised by the post with the most views. Are you? What surprised me is that it doesn’t start with “how to” or a number (e.g. 5 best…). And it’s not explicitly about farm stands or natural living or gardening…even though that is mentioned. It’s not even a post suitable for an obvious Pin ad like a DIY sugar scrub would be.

Given that this post was so popular I can only conclude that you all correctly figured me out. I am a nauseatingly well-adjusted, happy and content person, and I should be sharing more about my thought process with you.

With 130 views in 2018, my Most Viewed Post is…

Why do I make life harder on myself?

Greatest number of likes

Do likes even matter? If you use WordPress, you can just scroll through 50 posts per minute, liking them without reading more that just the titles. It could seriously be some bizarre argument, and you might accidentally “like” it because the title mentions kittens. And who doesn’t like kittens? So cute and soft.

For the record, none of my posts are about bizarre stuff like that, and all of my titles are reflective of the content of my posts.

And with 68 likes (actually as of 1/9/19 cause I didn’t look on New Years Day) and counting…

Forgotten herb: balsam apple

Racked up the comments

Well, this shouldn’t be as much of a surprise to you as it was to me. The post with the most comments was also your most liked post of 2018.

Thirty-six of the currently 43 comments on this post happened before January 1st…

Forgotten herb: balsam apple

Least love

Ok, it’s not really a superlative any post wants to be awarded, but it’s still interesting. One of the concepts I had when I was inspired to start blogging was to encourage and challenge you to be more mindful when shopping at farm stands by trying to rank your top 5 items. I have a whole series on this blog showing you my farmstand5’s.

My sad little post with the least attention, receiving the fewest views and comments in 2018 with a grand total of four views was…

Best 5 items at Killam & Bassette Farm Stand, Hartford, CT

Top Instagram picture

If you follow me on Instagram, maybe you noticed about two months ago I started writing mini-blog posts as comments with my Instagram pics. I was stuck on the down slide of the follow-unfollow game, watching my follower count slip every week. So with nothing to lose, I started doing what I do well, accompanying my mediocre photography with interesting commentary.

I’m a big fan of the “tell-me-something-I-don’t-know” approach and that helped stabilize my follower count. It also helped me get 245 impressions on this photo of half of a flock of turkeys in my backyard accompanied by the absolutely fascinating story of how Connecticut repopulated the wild turkeys the colonists had eradicated.

Highest impressions on a Pinterest pin

Oh Pinterest gave me the greatest thrill one morning last October when I had my first pin get 19,000+ views and dozens of clicks through to my post on Swedish Dishcloths. That was my first pin to get thrilling, but it was not my most popular pin of 2018. False start.

The honor of being my most popular pin in 2018, with 20,851 impressions, 22 clicks and 11 saves in three days…because I only posted it on December 29 was…

My husband did not like my collection of essential oils very much until they helped his upset stomach. Try this custom blend of three essential oils that I use on my family when someone has a stomach ache.

3 of the best essential oils for upset stomachs

My personal favorite post of the year

Hey, at least I’m not kidding myself. I know this quiet little post hasn’t received a ton of attention and won’t be my claim to fame. It’s just one I really enjoyed writing. It’s one I return to on occasion to make me smile. I had the idea for this post before I started the blog. It was one of the posts I knew I was destined to write.

All of the other posts mentioned here are your favorites from 2018. This was mine:

Weeding is winning

Thank you for sharing this journey through the 2018 farmstand culture blog superlatives with me! Have a great day today. Oh and, did I miss any posts you think should deserve an honorable mention? Go ahead, let me know in the comments.

3 thoughts on “I wanted to know, maybe you do too?…2018 farmstand culture blog superlatives

    1. Thank you! It was such a natural sequence of events. My colleague trying to figure out if I started my day with a win and connecting it to the way I feel when I nab a few weeds right after the sun comes up. I had the title before I wrote the piece.

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