Top 10 posts from Heart Sisters for 2010

31 Dec

2010 has been quite the year here at Heart Sisters! The little blog that began in 2009 after my heart attack simply as “cardiac rehab for my brain” has now published 257 articles, attracting over 100,000 visitors. New articles arrive here about every four days, depending on my health, and I never run out of emerging news about women’s heart disease, cardiac research, heart-smart recipes or heart-related trivia to write about!

The Toronto-based magazine More interviewed me this year for a February 2011 feature about Canadian women who have launched health-related websites, and a number of essays here have also been picked up by other much larger health sites, herehere or here, for example. Hundreds of people now follow Heart Sisters on Twitter, repost my links on their Facebook sites, or subscribe directly via email to receive updates on new postings.  

One of the best things about this site is my WordPress stats page. It’s a behind-the-scenes web tool that lets me track which articles are being read most often, which external links are being clicked while you’re reading those articles, and even what search words or phrases you’ve typed into Google to land here in the first place.

I wish a very Happy New Year to my readers, to those of you who choose to share what you like here with colleagues, families or your health care professionals, to my loyal subscribers, and particularly to all women living with heart disease. Now here’s our Top 10 list of the most widely read Heart Sisters posts of 2010:

1.  How women can have heart attacks without having any blocked arteries

2. The seven levels in the ‘Hierarchy of Heart Disease’

3.  Heart disease: which countries have the highest and lowest rates?

4.  Ten helpful things to say to a sick friend

5.  Mary Maxwell: “How old age just sort of crept up on me . . .”

6. The ’18-Second Rule’: why your doctor missed your heart attack diagnosis

7.  Women heart attack survivors may be as psychologically traumatized as victims of violence

8.  The new country called Heart Disease

9.  Pregnancy complications strongly linked to heart disease

10.  How the Bee Gees can save your life during a cardiac arrest

You can find a list of all Heart Sisters posts here.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com have mulled over how this site did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow!

Crunchy numbers

The Louvre Museum in Paris has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was visited by about  70,000 people in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre, it would take three days for that many people to see it!

In 2010, there were 92 new posts here, growing the total archive of this blog to 257 posts. There were 319 pictures uploaded – that’s about six pictures per week. The busiest day of the year was October 27th with 464 visitors. The most popular post that day was How we adapt after a heart attack may depend on what we believe this diagnosis means.

The top referring websites to Heart Sisters in 2010 were inspire.comstumbleupon.comsearch.aol.commail.yahoo.com, and womenshealth.gov.



2 Responses to “Top 10 posts from Heart Sisters for 2010”

  1. Carol Connolly December 31, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year, Carolyn. Many thanks for the interesting and informative articles you have presented. Great job with your website.

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