After a less-than-expected 2015, 2016 turned out to be the turnaround year (for the blog, if not the political system).
Truthfully, 2015 saw the lowest numbers for Brandywine Cottage in over three years, and it was discouraging. But by May the bounceback had begun and things were looking rosy again.
And while Downton Abbey remained a perennial favorite, none of the posts were above number five on the list of the top ten!
The top post of 2016, and one of the top 10 of all time, was a post about an antique desk that fits inside a weird space in the guest room. Most of the referrals came from the lovely Lauren at The Endearing Home. She, too, shopped for antiques with the inimitable Shirley and gave me a shout-out, which led to tons of traffic.
I wrote about getting rid of clothes and how I have moved toward a more "pants-and-tunic" lifestyle. But seeing if things give me joy when I touch them? Could get me arrested.
Posts that I did regarding menopause were a hit, even though I have received a cease-and-desist letter that says I can't call them what I used to call them. Under a new name, it is a goal of mine to do better in 2017. I'd like to be sure to get two per month finished to completion. (There are a lot of half-baked ones in my queue. Look for them, even though they won't be called MMs.)
DL showed up to share his wares (which sounds dicey, but there you have it) and folks were intrigued. (Folks are often intrigued by DL. He's an riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.)
And speaking of DL, folks were interested in reading about having a vintage/home decor business. I wrote about the realities here, organizing for a show here, and setting up a booth at a show here.
Well, that's it for 2016...nine posts that were well-received. So, because it's cold and lousy and I want it to be summer on a lake, here's one of the most popular posts of all-time!
Enjoy the top ten from these really awesome bloggers, and have a fabulous 2017!