Happy holidays, everyone!  I am writing from my Mom’s place in Oakville, Ontario Canada where my better half and Kate and I spent Christmas.  It was our little Kate’s first Christmas.  I’m a proud Mama, I can’t help myself, so I’ve posted a couple of photos of her in her special Christmas dress below.

On December 31, we head out for a week on Isla Mujeres, our favourite island in Mexico. We are so looking forward to a week’s respite from the cold weather (and some outdoor biking and yoga for me!)

What a year it’s been at Spinning Music.  It was a big year for me personally as I took a break from spinning for a few months to have my daughter Kate on April 1, 2010.  While I was on mat leave, a stellar group of instructors kept the blog full of lively profiles and great songs – thank you so much to Denise, Judy, April, Tim, Beth Ann, Darcy, Selma, Lisa, Adrienne, Bob, Paul, Amy, Gabriela, Jenn, and Nancy for your contributions.  Thanks, too, to all of the readers who took the time to post a profile on the Reader Playlists page, which is one of the most popular pages on the blog with over 13,000 views this year alone.

Spinning Music saw an explosion in traffic this year.  This little blog is now getting about 1,000 views a day and peaked at over 1,600 views on one day in October 2010.  Just today, the counter rolled over to 600,000 views to date.  The blog is now the fifth site returned by Google when you enter the search terms “spinning music,” right after the official Spinning website.  I can only shake my head that my experiment in blogging has become a wonderful community of spinning instructors from all over the world.  I am delighted and humbled to host this party.

Here are the top five playlists of 2010 with the number of views:

1.  Gonna Make You Sweat Spin Mix (43 minutes) 34,283 views (and the #1 playlist in 2008 and 2009)

2.  Best of 2009 Spin Mix (42 minutes) 5,413 views (first time)

3.  Rock ‘n Roll Spin Mix (43 minutes) 4,955 views (the #2 playlist in 2009)

4.  Summer Rush Spin Mix (36 minutes) 4,187 views (#2 in 2008, #5 in 2009)

5.  C’mon ‘n Ride It Spin Mix (45 minutes) 3,387 views (#4 in 2009)

The sixth most-viewed playlist on the blog is Summer 2010 Hot Hits Spin Mix Plus More! posted by Spindarella (Amy) – it got nearly 3,000 views.

Look for the third annual Top 25 Spinning Tunes of 2010 and Best of 2010 Spin Mix posts in early January.  Best wishes to everyone for a healthy and prosperous 2011 with as much time on the bike as you can manage.

And, as promised, here are a couple of  pictures of Kate: