Sunday, June 1, 2014

Best of the Month April 2014


A recap of my most popular recipes from last month (April 2014)

Best of the Month April 2014:  a recap of my most popular recipes from last month.

I've found out that any recipe containing chocolate will get almost three times the views of other posts.  April is my husbands birthday month so I made his usual chocolate cheese cake with some alterations.  As expected it received the most views and +1s this month.

Overall I think my blog is doing well.  I have some regular viewers and my google plus page is doing well with almost 1,000 followers.  My twitter, facebook, pinterest, and tumbler accounts are steadily gaining more followers (I'm starting to feel like a cult leader with all these followers ;-) ) too.

I installed rich pins for my blog so when my recipes are pinned you see my favicon and site name with each pin as well as the ingredients and web page.  I love the look of these pins and I'm slowly going through older posts and marking them up.  I'm also gradually updating some of my older posts.  I'm still co hosting Great Idea Thursdays every Wednesday to Sunday and we have more linkers than ever and that also contributes to my recipe views.  Still linking to other link parties weekly and trying to comment on other posts.  So things are looking good and I'm slowly but steadily being seen.  I don't expect fame but I love when my recipes inspire others.

My best of April:

Dark Mocha Cheese Cake

A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.  425 views and 100 +1s.

Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

A healthy stir fry made with shrimp, vegetables, and lots of garlic (update 4/7/14 from original 1/21/13).  182 views and 33 +1s.

Mushroom Spinach Tomato Pasta

Linguine noodles in a light white wine and garlic sauce tossed with mushrooms, spinach and grape tomatoes.  151 views and 18 +1s.

Clam Linguine

Clams cooked in white wine sauce then tossed with linguine.  A delicious dinner that may look fancy but is really quite simple.  140 views and 113 +1s.

Veal Scalopini

Thin veal cutlets served with tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach in a white wine sauce.  139 views and 16 +1s.

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  1. Hi Joy! All of these recipes are great and it's a slow, steady build with our blogs, for sure! Thank you for sharing your great recipes at Best of the Weekend - pinning this! Have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week!

  2. I drooled over each of these recipes the first go-round. Now I'm at it all over again!
    Rich pins are not something I'm familiar with--will have to look into that.

  3. Kim Daniels LewisJune 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    What a collection! Everything looks amazing! Pinned. Thanks again! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Thanks Michelle. For more info on rich pins check out I love the way it makes pins from my site look.

  5. Thanks Cindy. It's good to know that I shouldn't expect instant success. I enjoy cooking and recording my recipes so I'd probably still blog even if no one came by but it is so much more fun to interact with others.