Post #1000 – The 3 R’s Greatest Hits!

Nine hundred ninety-nine posts ago, this blogging adventure began, and I hope it goes on for another 999 (at least!).

For post #1000, I thought that it might be fun to see what posts have been the most-viewed on The 3 R‘s during its history. Even though the first post here was March 16, 2007, stats don’t start until June 3; there were 11 page views recorded that day, and 9 of them were my own, which is probably typical for those first few months.

Not counting giveaways, these are my Top 10 posts in terms of page views, according to Google Analytics:

From The I-Don’t-Get-It Files: Eight is more than enough (February 4, 2009)
 (This post reacting to the “Octomom” story got picked up as “related content” to an item on, and is by far my most-viewed thanks to that.)

Factors for a successful marriage – the Pew Survey (July 2, 2007)
 (This reaction to the survey mentioned in the title still gets hits pretty often – “factors of a successful marriage” seems to be a fairly popular search term!)

Welcome to BOOKWORMS CARNIVAL #14 – You’re Never Too Old! (August 13, 2008)
 (This is the only Bookworms Carnival I’ve had the opportunity to host. The kidlit/YA topic attracted a lot of participation, including some of my non-book-blogging buddies, and I’m pleased that it’s one of my most popular posts.)

Book Talk master list
 (This post is accessible in the linkbar above my blog header, and I try to remember to update it every time I post a new review. I’m glad it gets some use…but, come to think of it, its numbers are probably skewed because a lot of those visits are my own! I’m counting it anyway, though.)

Basically, it’s a question of style – a clothes call (March 5, 2008) 
 (This was linked in one of Susan Wagner’s fashion posts on, which continues to send the occasional visitor back to it. There’s one more reason be part of BlogHer, folks!)

Quick, change the station! Ten songs I can’t stand (March 17, 2009)

 (I think this may have been the last time I participated in Ten on Tuesday, but it was a fun one to wind up with, and it seems to be a topic that resonates with people – no musical pun intended! I think it’s also one of the snarkiest things I’ve ever written.)

The office gift exchange (December 20, 2007)
 (This one seems to get a good amount of search traffic, and not just around the holidays.)

Book talk: “Firefly Lane” (February 14, 2008)
 (I’m not sure why this is my most-visited book review, but thank you, Kristin Hannah fans!)

Book bloggers say goodbye to Dewey (December 2, 2008)
 (This round-up of book-bloggers’ tributes to a beloved leader of our community was a labor of love.)

The “responsible” child (?) – A parental perspective (September 6, 2007)
 (This reaction to a post suggesting that it’s more “responsible” for adult children NOT to go out on their own after college was my most-viewed post during the blog’s first year.)

These may be my most popular posts in terms of page views, but they’re not necessarily all personal favorites. Let me throw a few of those in here, too!

From the “reading” category, five commentaries inspired by books: 

Drama/class (August 31, 2007)

A current-events-inspired YA-literature flashback (September 18, 2008)

Book/movie, chicken/egg…the “which comes first?” quandary (February 25, 2009)

Husband and wife…and wife…and wife…and wife…(June 17, 2009)

Flights of fantasy and (science) fiction (June 23, 2009)

Selected “‘riting” and/or “randomness” – some favorite older posts that may be new to you:

Geeky girls and cool moms (October 1, 2007)

The Anniversary Waltz: Random things about our wedding, part 2 (October 19, 2007)

A clean slate – or should I say a clean sink? (November 7, 2007)

My dream guy (January 17, 2008)

It’s the same old song, and it’s getting older (March 7, 2008)

Whose college education is it, anyway? (April 2, 2008)

Road Trip Diary, days 1 & 2: Heading for Yellowstone (July 1, 2008 – first of a four-part series, including links to the other posts)

My moment of Zen, or how I learned to stop worrying…sort of (July 30, 2008)
Tuesday Book Talk: The Festival! (April 28, 2009) 

My BlogHer’09: Yes, it actually WAS a conference! (July 29, 2009)

This post will listed in the Pages index under “Popular/Favorite Posts,” so new visitors can easily see a sample of what goes on around here. And if you’ve missed any of these posts yourself, I’d love to have you check them out and comment on them!

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  1. Great posts and congratulations on hitting 1000 posts! My top posts in terms of page views are sort of all over the place, but yours seem to represent your blog pretty well. I'm looking forward to checking out some of your favorites 🙂

  2. Serena, Wordlily, April – Thanks, y'all :-).

    Rebecca – It took a while, but it really was fun to put this post together, since I hadn't looked back at some of those posts for a while.

    Kim – My whole blog is sort of all over the place; you may have noticed :-).

    I think you talked about doing a post like this for a Blog Improvement Project task, but I missed it then. I'm glad it's done now, though. Anniversaries and milestones are good excuses for exercises like this.

    Kathy (Bermudaonion) – Thanks! I hope so too; that's why I have that "avoiding blogging burnout" goal I posted about yesterday :-).

  3. Congratulations on 1000 posts, Florinda; and thanks for the round-up of most viewed posts. Some I remember (such as – the 10 songs that drive you crazy!) … I'll explore the others.

    Wonderful "greatest hits" !

  4. Dawn – Thanks! It was a lot of fun putting this together, and since that "10 songs I hate" was one of my favorites to write, I'm glad it's turned out to be popular too :-).