Grab a party hat and raise your glass!
Lactation Matters has hit a major milestone.
As of September 18, 2013, we have received over 100,000 page views on our blog.
As ILCA members, this is YOUR blog and YOU have made it successful with your comments, suggestions, blog submissions, and attentiveness to the content we post.
Our most popular posts ever were “Pumping Strategies for the Working Mother” by Wendy Wright and “Why Beyonce Nursing in Public is So Significant” by Robin Kaplan. Both were shared widely on Facebook and Twitter and brought new views to the blog.
We regularly see readers from around the world. We have the largest readership from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia but also have seen hits of the blog from 159 countries in 2012 alone!
By far, Facebook drives the most traffic to our blog. Special thanks goes out to Maryanne Perrin, who manages the ILCA Facebook page and does a stellar job of making sure that our blog posts are seen, commented on, and shared. If you haven’t yet done so, make sure that you “like” the ILCA Facebook page.
People also land on our blog by entering search terms into a search engine, like Google. They might not have any previous knowledge of Lactation Matters but a query like “hands free breastfeeding” might bring someone to a post about this exact subject. We gets many page views with search terms you might expect like “lactation blogs” but, occasionally, someone finds us by searching such terms as “the impressive power of breastmilk” and “road to lifelong health begins with breastfeeding“.
If you would like to participate by writing a post or helping us to brainstorm ideas for the future, please send an email to email@example.com.
You have made Lactation Matters successful and, from all of those involved in the administration of the blog, we say THANK YOU!
Wow. I know we all SAY we understand the power of social media, but think about this! The Lactation Matters blog was started, after wise and gentle prodding by Sage (the publishers of ILCA’s fantastic Journal of Human Lactation), in July of 2011. In just one year, ILCA has made 100,000 connections with people. In pre-blog/pre-social media days, that would have required EACH of ILCA’s nearly 6000 members to go out and find 16 people to willingly read and react to something about IBCLCs or ILCA or breastfeeding support (generally) for mothers. The reach of social media — to people who WANT to be informed and engaged on these topics — is mind-boggling. Way to go Robin and Amber (the intrepid former and current blog editors), and Maryanne (the Face of our Facebook presence) !
And thank YOU! It’s been a job well done! 🙂