Well, it’s been quite a year. Here at Readly, we’re looking back at some of our more smile-worthy moments of 2020, and we’d like to invite you to do the same. For the first time ever, we’re introducing Readly Moments—an annual recap of the time you spent reading and what you read the most.
Last spring, we launched the Got Time? Make it Count campaign. Why? Because we knew that, if you’re anything like us, using your time effectively can be a real struggle sometimes. Especially in a world of nonstop social media, piano-playing cat videos and endless digital noise. We wanted to remind you (and ourselves) that there are alternatives—we can use our free time to discover new interests, soak up inspiration or simply relax while catching up on a favourite subject. These are all possibilities that Readly offers via the countless well-written articles by professional journalists.
According to the data, most of you took the opportunity to make the best of your time, keep scrolling to see what articles Readly subscribers read the most in 2020.
The most-read articles in 2020
The key trends always end up finding their way to the top of the pile—or key moments, if you will. Let’s take a quick tour of 2020.
1. “Your stay-at-home guide to sourdough”
Looks like our bread baking obsessions rose to new heights in 2020. According to BBC Good Food, bread-related content was hot on their site this year, with sourdough recipe views up by 900%. Clearly, we were all seeking some comfort. But if you hear of anyone going so far as giving their sourdough starter a name, we suggest you swiftly implement the current social distancing guidelines.
2. “Worst dates ever!”
While there have been fewer opportunities for in-person dating this year, this article gets us thinking that maybe that’s not such a bad thing. At least recounting the dates that have gone seriously wrong helps to curb the loneliness. After all , who wants to witness stress-vomited bananas, be snubbed at the cinemas, or flat out get robbed? No thanks 2020, we’re happy we missed it.
3. “The accidental gardener”
This one really resonated with our team members at Readly HQ, who claimed they too had assumed unexpected identities this year—becoming “The Accidental Banana Bread King,” “The Accidental Online Quiz Master” or “The Accidental Crochet Chief”. But truly, a lot of us sought sanctuary in our gardens this year and this interview with Monty Don from Gardeners’ World captures the allure beautifully.
4. “How to tell what a cat is thinking”
Um, did you know that a cat’s brain can store over 1,500 times more information than an iPad? In a year when many of us spent more time isolated in the company of our pets, it’s no surprise that we started seeking answers. According to this article, cats are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. A quick message to these readers: If the cats are planning an uprising in 2021, please contact customer service.
5. “Modern manners: How to deal with nosey neighbours, the perils of know-it-alls during a crisis, and dressing appropriately for video chats”
And, the prize for the most relatable article of the year goes to… Seriously, it’s like all of our 2020 feelings are wrapped up in this one. Plus it’s really refreshing to hear from an actual etiquette expert that wearing pyjama pants during a Zoom meeting is totally fine—it’s what’s on top that counts!