Using Google Analytics, I discovered the most-read posts on this blog during the last year. I also discovered a theme, which can best be described in two words: "Downton Foodie."
Yes, more people stopped here to find recipes and/or read my reflections on the wildly popular BBC series Downton Abbey than for any other reason.
So here they are, in descending order, my top-visited posts in 2013.
10. Easy Breakfast Casserole - a holiday present for readers (so yummy, easy to make, and it never fails to impress the guests).
9. Wads versus dust ruffles or why men are still from Mars (a post inspired by a tactical shopping trip to Home Depot)
8. Seven lines from my new book for Lucky 7 (from my novel Grace Unexpected when she audits an anthropology class taught by a silver fox).
7. How Downton Abbey captured my imagination (all about binge watching Seasons 1 & 2--favorite characters, setting, conflicts, one-liners).
6. Poor Lady Edith - empathy for an ugly duckling (my attempt to process all the nasty things that befall Lady Edith, the middle sister on Downton Abbey).
5. What's your opera fudge I.Q.? When I visited a local book club to critique my opera novel DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA, they served a delicious candy called opera fudge, and I went on the hunt to learn more about it.
4. The hot dog? Proper dinner fare--yea or nay? (which includes a recipe for frankfurter crown casserole).
3. Six sentence Sunday -- the jaws of bosses (A fun excerpt from GRACE UNEXPECTED for a once-popular but now-defunct meme.)
2. Somebunny loves my nana's. shortbread (A woman named Bunny from Oshawa, Canada, sent lovely photos after making my grandmother's shortbread recipe.)
1. Nana's authentic Scottish shortbread - an heirloom recipe (With a whopping 7,288 page views, this post featuring a simple but genuine recipe for shortbread had more views than all the others put together.)
No Sharknados, no singing foxes, no posts about Miley Cyrus and her twerking (nor will there ever be a post about her on this site.)
What will 2014 bring? Since next year marks Sir Tom Jones' 50th year in show business (and my new novel is about Tom Jones impersonators), I think I know what one or two popular posts might be about.
Here's to good health, prosperity, a new season of Downton Abbey, and lots of good food in 2014!