I’ve been looking at the most popular posts on my blog for this year. I based it on both views and likes. To me, likes are more important as that tells me the viewer liked it enough to press the button. Views just tell me they had a look and doesn’t tell me whether or not they liked what they saw! So, in my usual nerdy way, I created a spreadsheet with data on views and likes for each post. Then I did a calculation to add half the number of views to the number of likes to give myself a total for that post, weighted in favour of likes. It was a bit of a pain to be honest as while WordPress gives you stats for page views for the year in a nice list, it doesn’t do the same for likes. But this is the sort of weird stuff that I enjoy so I couldn’t just give up, and instead went through all the most viewed posts manually!
All these posts were in response to Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge prompts, which is a great way to get inspiration, and become part of a community of bloggers.
A post about all things red. In nature, things that are called red often seem to actually look pink! However the featured image of the Large Red Damselfly does actually look red 🙂
9. Surprises in the Garden
A post about discoveries in the garden, like the Flowering Rush with its very first flower opening, after a long process of waiting for the buds to finish developing. I also shared photos of various small creatures hiding among my wildflowers.
8. Winter isn’t coming … yet
A post about winter, posted in summer! We were looking ahead in the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, thinking about the seasons to come. I combined some of my wintry photos with poetry that I’ve written over the years.
7. Treasure Hunt
A post that involved digging through my archives for images to fit the various items in the Lens-Artists treasure hunt. It was a lot of fun to do. The image below was for the last item – “an expressive portrait of one or more people”.
6. Future Flowers
In this post I was thinking about the future, from a point of view in the past. This orchid was bought in 2016 and little did I know then that I would keep it alive and flowering for years! It’s actually now flowering again, and it will soon be 5 years since I got it.
5. A is for Amphibian
A recent post from earlier this month, which was focused on amphibians. The Lens-Artists topic was the letter A, so it was a very open topic, and after some thought I decided to choose some of the residents of my pond!
4. Narrow Depth
A post all about depth of field in photography, something that is really important in macro photography. I enjoyed sharing what I know about this and how it can be helpful to get a shot where the background blurs away and you can focus on the star of the show like this dragon.
3. One Single Flower
A post focusing on just one flower. I increased the simplicity of the shot by bringing the flower indoors and setting things up so it was literally the only thing in the shot.
2. Things I like to do…
A post about all the things I enjoy doing, including photography (of course), virtual collecting of nature specimens, and crochet. I included a gallery of some finished crochet items which turned out to be surprisingly big!
1. Make yourself at home
My most popular post of the year was this one, all about watching solitary bees make their home in my garden. These bees don’t normally get much exposure as we tend to think of Honey Bees and Bumblebees if someone mentions bees, so I’m glad this one came in at number 1. This little solitary bee is very cute and fluffy, and was happily investigating before getting a bit of a shock realising there was a bigger bee already in one of the holes!
Looking forward to sharing many more blog posts in 2021, and hoping that by this time next year we’ll be looking back at a less unusual times! Happy New Year to all my readers 🙂