Anyone who writes a blog can tell you that a spike in readership can be so exciting that you’re practically checking your daily counter by the minute to see how many more views you’ve had. Viral posts can also garner new readers—I’ll usually see an increase in email subscribers, Twitter followers or Facebook fans following a viral post.
So while a spike in views is often just that—a spike, which then teeters down to your normal range of daily views, I absolutely love and appreciate when posts are shared. Viral posts tell me that you enjoyed what I wrote—so much so that you shared it with you friends. This also sheds some light on which topics seem to resonate with you.
And so, below are the top 5 posts that you shared, and a few reasons why I think the post went viral:
5. Child sexual abuse: what you can do to protect your kids (tie)
It’s safe to say that many emotions are triggered when you mention child sexual abuse, so I’m not too surprised that this post made it to the list. I wrote about this topic amidst the Jerry Sandusky case, in horror at what he did and what others continue to do in far too many cases.
5. The biggest reason parents should stand their ground (tie)
The reason this topic may have been shared so often was in the title itself. After all, you may not even know what I’m about to discuss other than parents standing their ground. But since I happened to leave out the answer in the title and saved it for the post, I’m guessing that most people were curious to see what the biggest reason actually is.
4. Are you sharing too much of your kids online?
Bloggers, social media users, anyone with an internet connection—we’re all online, and many of us have kids. I’m sure all of us have wondered just how much is enough to share to the public, and I expect this discussion to continue growing as we further delve into the generation of social media and virtual communication.
3. How late is too late for your child’s bedtime?
This particular post was the winner on a different round up—the post with the most comments and discussion. What had started as a curious question not only led to so many comments but plenty of shares as well.
2. 3 reasons your kid doesn’t have to hug everyone
I’m amazed at how many search terms I receive on whether it’s appropriate for kids to have to hug everyone. Apparently I’m not the only one who has wondered this very question.
And the most-shared, viral post on SSBE is…
1. “Respect the no”: 3 reasons to listen when kids say no
This post dominates this list, with a whopping 331 shares, and that’s just what I could count from the blog and doesn’t include re-tweets or shares within Facebook. Why the surge in popularity? For one thing, everyone seemed to want to know why it’s important to respect our kids, even when they disagree with us. And secondly, this post went viral thanks to a handful of SSBE readers who happened to have extremely large numbers of Facebook fans (I’m talking in the thousands) that generously shared the post with their friends.
On that note, thank you for not only reading along with Sleeping Should Be Easy but for sharing the posts as well. This blog would not be what it is without you, and your shares and word of mouth have been instrumental in its growth. Now go and have yourselves an awesome Halloween this evening! My LO is so excited to trick-or-treat dressed up as a crayon (after all, the kid loves his coloring!).
If you had to pick one of these posts to share, which one would it be? And Halloween-related: what are you ad your kids dressing up as?