I think your “Women in old photos” essay did well because it was really unique and you put your personality into it. People can feel when a writer lays a piece of herself out on the page, so I think that’s definitely key. It doesn’t make for massive views, reads and fans all the time, but it’s probably a prerequisite for most stories that do really well. I really dug your story and count myself one of the fans, too. Keep them coming!