Welcome to Open Post; a tradition that’s almost as old as Mamamia itself. It’s where we come together each week to share a little of what’s been happening in our lives.
We kick the conversation off by having one of the Editorial Team tell you what’s on their mind at that particular moment.
But this time? I’m going to hijack Open Post and use it for something else. I’d like to say thank you.
Thank you to the new readers, who’ve stumbled across this website in amongst the trillions on the internet and decided to stick around at our dinner party.
Thank you to those of you who read us on the bus or the train and check in for your morning news or to fill a bored moment. Thank you to the people who comment, and also to the ones who choose not to comment but lurk instead (all power to the lurkers – we know you’re there).
Thank you to those of you who sneakily read the website when you should be working, who are reading us on your mobile before you go to bed at night, or scrolling stories on your iPad when watching the kids play at the park. Thank you to those who have shared stories on Facebook that made you laugh, made you cry or made you stand up for what you believe in.
Thank you to those of you who have been with us since the beginning and have stayed loyal through all the changes we’ve had.
It’s been a damn big year for Mamamia. We have now well and truly made the transition from a blog to a full blown women’s opinion website.
We have published more than 11,000 posts and are reaching around 2 million people across our network every single month. That’s pretty exciting and an amazing achievement by our team.
So which stories have been the most popular this year? What did you read and share more than anything else?
Well. A lot.
We brought you the world exclusive of this moving Dove advertisement and watched you share these before and after photoshop images of celebrities, thousands and thousands of times.
The incomparable Charlie Pickering told you that as a white man, he knew nothing about racism in Australia and we were moved to tears by Shelly Argent’s declaration that she was the mother of one equal and one unequal son. Thousands of you signed our vaccination pledge, which captured the attention of then Health Minister Tanya Plibersek. And we all agreed that as women? It’s not about the nail.
We talked about what makes a good mother and that some acts are so evil, so as to mean you forfeit your right to parent forever. This post from site coordinator Nat Hawk went viral after being retweeted by NASA and became our most read post of all time (it’s about astronauts!) And the accident that befell this writer’s husband gave everyone who read it a lump in their throat.