2010 was good to me. See the picture; see my boys? Was it good to you? Life was out of balance, but full, vibrant, meaty, and dynamic. I met amazing people. Work and time with family has been very textured; I feel saturated. Writing and maintaining this blog has ultimately caused me to pause and think about medicine, and my choices, quite a bit more than I used to. I chew on the things people say in comments and in response to what I write over and over again. I’ve learned a lot.

I’m indebted to many. Primarily, to my husband, who has read e-v-e-r-y-s-i-n-g-l-e-p-o-s-t. And for all but about 5 of them, he’s read them prior to them being published. It turns out he is incredibly committed to communicating about pediatric health as well, but goes about things quietly. Clearly, we’re very different (thank goodness). I remain so thankful that someone believes in what I say like he does. My mom also reads nearly every post. She’s been known to scold me about typos and grammatical errors yet ultimately keeps me in check. When an older relative watched a television interview I did recently on obesity, he said, “Well, she speaks too quickly.” My mom apparently responded, “You need to learn to listen more rapidly.” So genuine support abounds at home and at work. I’m entirely indebted to those with whom I work at Children’s, my peers, and my friends in medicine. You’ve all bolstered me this past year. As I said in an interview today, “I am just so lucky to partner with an organization that believes in innovation.” Thank you, all.

So a quick greatest hits. Here’s a breakdown, strictly by the data (pageviews), of the posts that were read most frequently in 2010. The list (and data) are slightly skewed due to a huge uptick in readers since the beginning of October of this year. Consequently, with the exception of the most popular post, all others in the top ten are fairly recent posts. Some of my favorite posts remain deeply buried…

When you look at the list, not surprisingly, you’ll notice posts discussing vaccines and vaccine-hesitancy were a huge draw (5 of the top 10 posts). I’m not surprised– but didn’t start writing about immunizations in earnest until late fall 2010. You’ll see more about immunizations in 2010. And hopefully nothing more about Lice

Top Ten Greatest Hits:

  1. 2 is the New 1 (The why behind rear-facing car seats until age 2 years)
  2. Do You Believe In Vaccines? (Part 1: Emotion)
  3. Crack The Code on Pediatric Flu Shot Recommendations
  4. Do you Believe in Vaccines: (Part II: Evidence)
  5. Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite
  6. O’s Tylenol is Famous
  7. Verbatim: Be A Dad
  8. Understanding Immunizations
  9. Evidence for Vicks VapoRub
  10. Mandatory Flu Shots: Ethically Justified, Necessary, & Long Overdue

Ten Runners Up (all in top 25 most read posts):

  1. If It Were My Child: No Teething Tablets
  2. Why I Hate Sleep Positioners
  3. 3 Things That Won’t Help Babies Sleep
  4. Image Gently: 5 Things You Can Do (Guest Post written by “the husband”)
  5. If It Were My Child: Buy Organic Milk
  6. Chocolate Formula: More Sugar Than a Pop-tart
  7. The Working Mom Wonders: What Am I Doing?
  8. Science of the Soft Spot
  9. The Most Devastating Article: Fatal Distraction
  10. Drowning: Quiet…

    Top Ten Greatest Hits:

    1. 2 is the New 1 (The why behind rear-facing car seats until age 2 years)
    2. Do You Believe In Vaccines? (Part 1: Emotion)
    3. Crack The Code on Pediatric Flu Shot Recommendations