A difficult year for families across the globe, 2020 was one we’ll never forget. A global pandemic forced families into lockdown, while politics and protests alternatively brought people out on the streets. FamilyMinded struck a balance between its coverage of the ongoing realities everyone faced while also providing entertaining and even funny stories in an attempt to keep readers’ spirits high.
Approximately 15.8 million visitors came to the site throughout the year to read about everything from Zoom birthday party ideas to celebrating biracial celebrity couples to unique baby girl names. Oh, and we can’t forget articles about dog breeds — people just can’t get enough of articles that cover their favorite furry friends.
Here, we look back at the top 10 stories that readers enjoyed the most this past year. And we also want to take this time to wish everyone a safe and more hopeful 2021!
The Best Dog Breeds for All 12 Horoscope Signs
Yes, we did it. We matched the best dog breeds for each horoscope sign, and readers loved it so much that it attracted 1.8 million visitors to the site. Whether they agreed or disagreed with our matches, people had fun debating the topic on Facebook and elsewhere online.
150 Unique Baby Girl Names We Love for Your Unique Baby Girl
Readers love baby names, but perhaps even more than the most popular baby names are the most unique ones. These are the ones you won’t hear on the playground. From Isla to Ever to Adora, we listed a whopping 150 that we loved the most.
The Most Popular Family Recipes From Every State
Fried green tomatoes. Avocado toast. Grits. Deep-dish pizza. Every state has a recipe that families turn to again and again to remind them of home.
These Tweets About Isolation Are Comedic Gold
Stay-at-home orders across the world meant round-the-clock time with partners, kids and pets. Easy? No, but some managed to keep their sense of humor through it all by sharing posts on Twitter, which we shared to remind everyone that “we’re all in this together” — right?!
Fun Zoom Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
In an effort to stay safe and stop COVID from spreading, people across the globe turned to Zoom to video conference with one another. And that included using it for birthday parties. We offered some creative ideas for readers to still celebrate while also social distancing.
Biracial Celebrity Couples Who Are Inspiring
Black Lives Matter protests gained steam this year after the shooting of George Floyd on May 25. These protests lasted throughout the summer, and FamilyMinded wanted to show its support with this article that highlighted Loving Day and celebrated our favorite biracial celebrity couples.
Tweets That Nail the Hilarious Truths About Breastfeeding
Despite a global pandemic, families still carried on with major life events like having babies. And parents still managed to have a sense of humor about it, taking to Twitter with the very-real truths about breastfeeding. Readers liked this one enough that the average time spent on the story was six minutes and 17 seconds.
Best Family Diners in Every State
The restaurant industry was one of the hardest hit this year, so we wanted to honor the original local eatery: the good ’ole diner. We chose the best in every state, but also asked readers, “Which one is your favorite?”
World’s Top 61 Universities, Ranked
Education was still top of mind for people, so we featured the best of the best in higher education. Yes, there are lots of private universities on this list, but several public ones made the top ranks as well.
50 Velcro Dog Breeds That Are Extra Clingy (and Loyal)
We told you people love dog breeds, and that’s especially the case for velcro dog breeds that make the ultimate loyal companions. After all, readers needed comfort this year more than they have in decades.