state of the blog 2011

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My posts with the most hits
according to the number of hits via google Analytics (along with my commentary!)
1. The  $3 W.Sonoma knockoff glass hurricane (this was the favorite last year as well)
2. Some awesome tips (this was a random, quick Friday post. I have a blog notebook that I scribble down blog post ideas in, and these were a few I picked. Who knew??)
3. Inspire Me  (you love BLOGS?)
4. Parade of Homes 2011 (you love snooping in people’s homes?)
5. Autumn wreath (you love another WS knockoff?)

6. Monogram plate (do you remember that I broke these and had to re-make them?)
broken plates 1
7. Schoolhouse Light Pendant (you like lights made from canning rings?)
8. DIY Drum shade pendant (you love hearing how I totally messed these up and had to string them up with florist wire?)
9. Penny tile cabinet backs (my thrifty readers prefer pennies over quarters?)
10. Valentine Vignette (Evelin Nat lives on!!)

Posts with the most hits from Pinterest
you can’t ignore the P word. It’s now my #1 referrer. Here’s what Pinterest loves at 320 Sycamore:

My Top Referrers from 2011
This is what my blog traffic looked like this year. I basically make a bunch of M’s every month, except for that day back in January when I almost accidentally deleted my blog…that’s a story for another day.
2011 blog stats

These are wonderful people that send people over here from their blogs. If you like it here, chances are you’ll love it over at any one of these blogs. Thank you so much to each one of you:
1. Thrifty Décor Chick {thank you, Sarah}
2. Centsational Girl {thank you, Kate}
3. Clover Lane {thank you, Sarah}
4. Miss Mustard Seed {thank you, Marian}
5. All Things Thrifty {thank you, Brooke}
6. Just a Girl {thank you, Chris}
7. Southern Hospitality {thank you, Rhoda}
8. Isabella & Max Rooms {thank you, Janell}
9. The Inspired Room {thank you, Melissa}
10. Beneath My Heart {thank you, Traci}
11. Brooklyn Limestone {thank you, Mrs. Limestone}
12. Our Suburban Cottage {thank you, AnNicole}
13. The Lettered Cottage {thank you Kevin & Layla}
14. Nesting Place {thank you, Nester}
15. Sew Many Ways {thank you, Karen}
16. Favorite Paint Colors {thanks, KRISHIN}
17. Home Stories from A to Z {thank you, Beth}
18. Tatertots and Jello {thank you, Jen}
19. Tidy Mom {thank you, Cheryl}
20. House of Smiths {thank you, Shelley}
Most of all, thanks to each of you for reading~I appreciate you so much and I wish you the very best in 2012.


  1. I so enjoy reading your blog!  Glad you had a great year.  I look forward to reading it in 2012 as well.

  2. Becky@OrganizingMadeFun1/7/14, 10:53 PM

    Congrats! Very good list of things...Pinterest is now my #1 referrer to - blows everyone out of the contest, really! 

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  3. Love YOUR blog!  Just wanted to find out how you can see what posts have the most hits from Pinterest.  I'm curious what they are on my blog.  :)

  4. Centsational Girl1/7/14, 10:53 PM

    How lovely, thank you my sweet friend, it's always a pleasure to read your daily posts and I think of you even more this time of year when I watch IAWL!!! 
    Cheers to a bright 2012!

  5. Hi Melissa,

    Isn't it fun to see which posts get the most traffic? My dollar store hurricanes are my biggest each year also. Who would have thought?  Happy 2012!

  6. melissa*320 sycamore1/7/14, 10:55 PM

    Great question. Go to Google Analytics, click on Traffic Sources, Sources, Referrals, then click on Pinterest, and then you should be able to see the pins sending people over to your blog in order of popularity. Hopefully this works for you~good luck!

  7. Kelltothayes1/16/14, 10:57 PM

    you were like the second blog i ever read..!  I can't even remember how I found you, but I have enjoyed reading 320 so much!  Looking forward to reading more in 2012 :o)


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