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Jellyfish, Facebook & Work/Life Balance: Top BND Stories of 2011

Jellyfish, Facebook & Work/Life Balance: Top BND Stories of 2011

BusinessNewsDaily was still in its infancy when we entered 2011. We didn't know what to expect during our first full year or who would be reading, but we followed your lead and learned a lot along the way. Many of our readers were very eager for new business ideas, help with their business plans, and information about financing their businesses. Many others were interested in career advice and happy for any information about how to find a job.

The one thing all of our readers seemed to have in common was a desire to grow – in their careers, their businesses or their long-held desire to become entrepreneurs.

For our part, we hope we helped inform, inspire and entertain you. Here's a list of our 10 best-read stories of 2011.

1. 50 Big Ideas, Predictions and Trends for 2011 and Beyond

Solopreneurs, the human cloud, social shopping: They were new in January 2011, but just as we predicted, these words have seeped into your everyday conversations.

2. 4 Business Ideas Primed for Success in 2011

In real estate, the old adage is "Location, location, location," but when it comes to ideas for small businesses, the maxim is more akin to "Timing, timing, timing." We featured four businesses whose time had come.

3. 17 Great Business Ideas for 2012

After seeing the success of our business ideas stories, we started turning them out regularly. We hope to run at least one a month in 2012, so we hope you'll be back to read more.

4. Mind Your Business: The Great Myth of Work/Life Balance

Our most controversial article of the year, claiming there was no such thing as work/life balance, generated a lot of feedback from readers. We got more emails about this story ― both good and bad ― than any other.

5. The Best Job Interview Questions You Should Ask

We'd been doing a lot of job interviewing around here, and the process inspired us to ask the experts what questions they like to ask would-be employees. They had a few interesting ideas – though some of them seemed pretty sneaky to us.

6. Google Tops ‘50 Happiest Companies in America' List

We're not sure if it was the word "Google" or if Americans really want to know where to find a great job that made this article one of our best-read of the year. You'll also be surprised to find out what employer came in at number five. It's probably one you'd never think of.

7. The 10 Scariest Business Blunders of the Year (So Far)

It was just dumb luck that so many business mistakes made the headlines near Halloween. It wasn't hard for us to come up with the 10 "scariest" business mistakes. And, while they were entertaining, they also offered some good lessons for people who own their own business.

8. 84% of Workers Want to Quit Jobs, Find New Gigs in 2011

Did we strike a chord here or what? We're guessing that lots of you found out you weren't alone in your late-night online job searches.

9. Crazy Companies: Bizarre but Successful Business Ideas

This story had been around since October 2010, yet it kept getting lots of attention right through 2011. Even now, these business ideas do seem a little nutty. Seriously, pet jellyfish?!

10. 5 Ways Businesses Will Use Social Media in 2011

Were we right? For the most part, our experts' predictions on how companies would be using social media in 2011 did come true. Wonder how we'll be using Facebook  this time next year!

Jeanette Mulvey is the managing editor of BusinessNewsDaily. She has written about small business for more than 20 years and formerly owned her own e-commerce business. Her column, Mind Your Business, appears on Mondays only on BusinessNewsDaily. You can follow her on Twitter at @jeanettebnd or contact her via e-mail  jmulvey@techmedianetwork.com If you'd like to receive our top stories weekly in your email box, you can register for the BusinessNewsDaily newsletter.

Jeanette Mulvey

Jeanette has been writing about business for more than 20 years. She has written about every kind of entrepreneur from hardware store owners to fashion designers. Previously she was a manager of internal communications for Home Depot. Her journalism career began in local newspapers. She has a degree in American Studies from Rutgers University. Follow her on Twitter @jeanettebnd.