2009 was definitely a tough year for me on the health front but I've stayed with it and am committed to finding a way to be successful – and this blog and you my great readers are a couple of those things that are going to get me there. I thought it would be interesting to recap which posts were the most popular over 2009 as rated by a plugin I use on here called Popularity Contest. Popularity Contest keeps a count of the post, category and archive views, comments, trackbacks, etc. and uses them to determine which posts are most popular. There are numerical values assigned to each type of view and feedback; these are used to create a 'popularity score' for each post.
Here are my most popular articles written in 2009:
#10 – Successfully Losing Weight in Your Forties
Featured a video from The Today Show featuring Grandma Brenda Willis who lost 140 pounds in her forties. What I liked most about her story, other than her age, was that she dropped all of that weight (248 to 108!) by starting with a slow and steady approach of "starting to eliminate things from her diet one at a time" and adding exercise "one step at a time."
#5 – I Am The World's Worst Weight Loss Blogger
I wrote: Not only have I been ignoring my blog and my health but I have been ignoring my fellow weight loss bloggers out there. I haven't been reading about your progress or your struggles and I have not been joining in on the conversation. I feel bad about that. I'm not providing support in any way and that's what this community is about. I'm still not doing a great job with that and I am hoping I can do more of it in 2010.
#4 – Music Infused Headband by i360
This was a product review for a pretty cool headband that let you plug your iPod right into it. I haven't been using it much since well, I haven't been running but then even when I was it was indoors and this was too hot. But I think it would be great out in the winter and maybe I still have a chance to use mine. I held a contest for a free one and MizFit won it.
#3 – Weekly Update – 2/22/2009
I hadn't been doping updates for awhile so this was the first one in many moons and I was hoping it would lead to doing them regularly in 2009 but it didn't happen. Really need to do this in 2010.
#1 – Whey Protein and Weight Loss
I published 13 guest posts in 2009 and as it happens one of them, this one, was the most popular post of 2009 on my blog. David Stanhope from Whey Protein King shared his knowledge of whey protein.
While a challenging year on many fronts I did have fun finding creative ways to learn and share about health and fitness and I just want to thank all of you have stuck with me despite my complete and utter failure as the weight loss role model I really wanted to be. It isn't too late for me though, so here's to a great and successful 2010 to all of us.