Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts of 2016

by Alli

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! Looking back at the top 10 most viewed blog posts of 2016 was fun and full of surprises. Don’t forget to read my farewell to 2016. It’s more about my personal life.

Happy New Year - Top 10 Blog Posts

2016 was an awesome year for An Alli Event. My page views quadrupled. Yippee! And I’m about to begin my fifth year of blogging.

I have one recipe that consistently stays in the top 10 of my most viewed posts. My number one blog post for the year is not even a recipe! Come check out the top 10 and let me know which one is your favorite.

Guess what? I love blogging as much today as the morning I started my “hobby” blog. Yes, I sometimes get overwhelmed when I have three photo shoots, four posts to write, and three recipes to recreate and get ready for their close-up, all in one day. When brands ask to work with me repeatedly, it makes it all worthwhile. I believe in going the extra mile in all areas of life.

Highlights of 2016

I covered a big event in Greensboro, NC for Home Depot and did my first interview. I interviewed Delilah (radio personality) and was honored to meet and hang out with two awesome ladies (Angela @ Mommy PR and  Spokesperson/Blogger/Vlogger Audrey McClellan @ MomGenerations) in the VIP Lounge.

Home Depot Interview - Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts in 2016

This was a biggie for me since I’m mainly a party/recipe/lifestyle blogger. I followed up with three blog posts featuring Home Depot’s Workshops and I’ve got my fingers crossed for more interviews in 2017.

Excuse the iPhone photos, but I didn’t have time to get out the big boy camera. I was too busy tweeting about the Home Depot party.

Without further ado . . .

Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts of 2016

We’ll start with number 10 and go from there. Most of these were published in 2016, but there is one from 2013 that stays in the top 10, so I had to share it as well.

10. 3 Unique Diet Coke Bottle Centerpieces

This one is really special to me because Coca-Cola loved my photos so much that they purchased them to use in their in-store display. Be still my heart!

Most Viewed Blog Posts in 2016 - Centerpieces using Unique Diet Coke Bottles

9.  Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs is one of my top posts ever. I shared this recipe back in 2013 and it consistently stays in the top 10.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

8.  Valentine’s Day Date Night Gift Basket for Him 

This is another post that stays in the top 10. Who knew a post for K-Y® Love would be so popular? Maybe I need to start a love-life advice blog. Just kidding! Wink!

Valentine's Day Gift Basket for Him

7.  Cheesy Egg Roll and Tater Tot Breakfast Bake 

Egg Rolls for breakfast? Yes, please!

*Family Favorite Alert* Whenever entire family is here or when I have weekend guests, this is my go-to breakfast bake. The egg rolls add a delicious crunch to my Cheesy Egg Roll and Tater Tot Breakfast Bake. Sausage, eggs and shredded cheddar are combined to make a breakfast bake your family will love. Click the photo to get the recipe or save for later. #EggRollWithIt #ad

6.  Super Bowl Party Foods

This post includes party tips, party foods and party decor.

Super Bowl Party Ideas - Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts in 2016

5.  Easy Grilled Ribs and Secret Dry Rub Recipe

Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts in 2016 - Grilling ribs is one of the easiest things to do. I promise! Be sure and rub them down with my secret dry rub recipe. #HogWIldThrowdown #ad

4.  Grilled Ribs with Tropical Basting Sauce

The ribs are winning! Maybe I need to come up with a few more rib recipes.

You'll think you've escaped to a tropical island when you taste my grilled ribs with tropical basting sauce. Come see how easy it is to grill ribs. #HogWildThrowdown #ad

3.  Italian Sausage Rigatoni

I was about to say that this is a big fave at my house. Actually, all my recipes are faves at my house.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni

2.  5 Ways to Clean the Kitchen with Lemons

5 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen With Lemons

Drum roll, please!

 1.  5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night In 

5 Ways to Prepare for Date Night In including playing with your food!

I would love to say that the thousands of page views I’ve had for the number one post is because I’m so awesome. Actually, my sponsor loved it so much that they paid me to share it again a few months after the first one. Don’t be afraid to re-share posts. That second or third time may be the charm.

Maybe I need to have more date nights, serve ribs and enjoy my favorite OREO Thins for dessert. Sounds like a plan to me!

One of my favorite posts for 2016 was this one: I Was my BFF’s Online Dating Coach and It Worked!

When my BFF plunged head first into the world of online dating, I became her dial-an-online-dating coach. We both learned a thing or two about online dating and I'm telling it all. Click the photo to read more or save for later.

Which post was your favorite?



Mary January 2, 2017 - 7:49 am

I can see how these would be the top posts. Wow! What a great year you had. Now you are a celebrity.
Happy New Year to you. Hope you have another successful blogging year

zan January 2, 2017 - 9:10 am

Happy New Year to you too. It’s funny how some of your posts from previous posts remain in the top ten – the same goes for me. All your posts are always so well put together and the photos are amazing. I can see why brands love you!! The coke bottles are really stunning and with the flowers included. Congrats on all the hard work – it certainly is paying off!!

candy January 2, 2017 - 10:56 am

I remember some of these post and reading them. Especially the one with coke bottles and decorating with them. Congratulations on a great year.

Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom January 2, 2017 - 11:39 am

I loved the Sausage Rigatoni post! But I may need you to become my online dating coach too! LOL. Thanks for sharing these!

Chuck Bluestein January 2, 2017 - 1:23 pm

I really love the raw vegetable dish above with celery, cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes and more. It is also very healthy. I pinned it to Pinterest.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy January 2, 2017 - 2:04 pm

It looks like your 2016 was filled with a lot of huge successes. I remember all of these posts and you should be so proud of such a fabulous year. How exciting that you got to participate in that Home Depot event! Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings for you!

lisa January 2, 2017 - 3:22 pm

These all look like great blog posts! I loved the slow cooker ribs and the Italian sausage rigatoni. I love reading about new recipes I can use!

Alaina Bullock January 2, 2017 - 4:48 pm

So many awesome posts _ I can see why these were your top ones! I especially love the Diet Coke Bottle Centerpieces and Italian Sausage Rigatoni!

Liz Mays January 2, 2017 - 5:54 pm

Ooh, you had some really nice posts! I may have to check out some of your recipes. They look good!

Jamie H January 2, 2017 - 9:38 pm

How fun that you got to expand your horizons with the Home Depot collaboration! I personally adore the Coca Cola centerpieces, and I can definitely see why Coke loved them too!

Dawn McAlexander January 2, 2017 - 10:03 pm

It seems as though 2016 was a yummy year on your blog. I intend to do more recipes myself for 2017. I want more blog posts like that on my blog.

Maureen @Scoops of Joy January 2, 2017 - 10:04 pm

Happy New Year!
Looks like you had a fantastic 2016 on your blog and the growth has been amazing. Wishing you a lot of success in 2017, Alli! Your post inspired me to write my own best post list. Thank you for the inspiration.

Polarbelle January 3, 2017 - 4:11 am

Congratulations on the Diet Coke picture purchase! WoW! That’s really something! ALL your ribs look delish! Hubs needs to get out to the grill asap!

Dawn Gibson-Thigpen January 3, 2017 - 5:48 am

looks like you had an awesome 2016. there are some super cool post listed, but i have to say that Cheesy Egg Roll and Tater Tot Breakfast Bake post is everything. lmbo. omggg it looks so good.

R U S S January 3, 2017 - 6:08 am

2016’s a big year for you. Well, you always have fun, yummy, and beautiful ideas here in your blog. And I like beautiful things – you make tons of them. I wish you more opportunities and more lovely posts in 2017. Happy New Year!

Sara January 3, 2017 - 8:17 pm

Congrats on an amazing year. You have so much talent! Those Diet Coke centerpieces are so adorable!

Stephanie Jeannot January 4, 2017 - 1:09 am

They were probably the most viewed for a reason. I never thought to make barbecue ribs in a slow cooker. That is something. I really want to try to make that. Thank you!

Amanda Love January 4, 2017 - 2:24 am

These look amazing! I think it’s awesome that you got to share so many lovely recipes and DIYs for the past year! I enjoyed reading your posts!

Anosa January 4, 2017 - 7:16 am

It’s nice to check out what our readers are loving, I certainly loved the super bowl foods one.

LaShawn January 5, 2017 - 6:08 am

I remember the slow cooker barbecue ribs! I tried them and they were good! I love looking back to see what were reader favorites during the year.

Tiffany Hathorn January 9, 2017 - 8:03 am

Looks like you published an interesting array of content last year. The food posts made me hungry!


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