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We're nearing the end of January, which for many Americans means two things: It's time to get ready for the Super Bowl, and time to get started on your personal income taxes.

As you may recall, FindLaw Insider tackled 10 Super Bowl-related legal issues this time last year, in a blog post that's worth revisiting. So this year, we're going to kick off tax season with some frequently asked questions -- and answers.

What are some of the most common queries about tax law that we field here at FindLaw.com? Here are five:

Willie Peacock Looks Back on FindLaw's Blogs, McDonald's Ice Cream

I remember my first job fondly. As a 15-year-old, I was hired at the nearby McDonald's, the fifth of five Peacock children to join the fast food ranks (and the fourth McCrew member).

Nobody likes working in fast food, especially not for $6 an hour. But I took pride in that job, and to date, there are a few accomplishments that stand out: being able to make the tallest soft-serve ice cream cone anyone has ever seen, being so fast at taking drive-through orders that I'd crash the entire store's computer system, and reciting every word of Ciara's "Goodies" while mopping up the lobby.

I expect I'll look back at FindLaw with a similar sense of pride. My editor asked me to toss out my 10 favorite posts of all time in classic listicle format, but after more than 3,400 posts, that would take all day -- and the Guinness is getting warm.

Instead, as always, I'm going to do it a little differently.

After being a Senior Writer with FindLaw's Consumer Blogs for almost two years, I've written quite a few posts -- over 2,000 if you're keeping score.

In all that time, there were obviously some posts that were better than others and some that were... best left unsaid. But why focus on the negative when there are real gems that came out of my time with FindLaw's Blogs?

As I transition from the Blogs team to FindLaw's Direct to Consumer unit, I've been asked to reflect on 10 of my favorite posts during my tenure as a writer. Here they are:

Thanks to you, our visitors, FindLaw.com saw tremendous growth this past year: Visits to many of our Learn About the Law topic sections more than doubled in 2014. But in our eyes, the true mark of success lies in the countless stories of people who successfully turned to FindLaw for help -- for example, learning how to file a claim for a wage violation or how to start the adoption process.

We take our work seriously because we know it involves real people's lives, often in times of crisis. (In fact, we'd love to hear your stories of how FindLaw helped you get out of a legal jam -- please let us know via Facebook and Twitter!)

As the year draws to a close, we'd like to leave you with the 10 fastest-growing Learn About the Law sections -- those that saw the greatest increase in visitors in 2014:

FindLaw's Top 10 Legal Professional Blog Posts for 2014

FindLaw.com has been around since the days of Lycos and Excite, AOL and Prodigy, Backstreet Boys and N'SYNC. And though our blogs haven't been around for quite that long, each year we've been reaching new heights.

Not to be outdone, 2014 saw better traffic and another "Blawg 100" award nomination from the ABA Journal. And behind the traffic and the awards is the most important thing of all: better content.

What was that content? What did lawyers like to read about? Here are our Top 10 Legal Professional blog posts for 2014:

The year is coming to a close, but we can't say goodbye to 2014 without considering some of the "greatest hits" from FindLaw's consumer-focused legal blogs.

Every year, FindLaw's Blogs cover topics that consumers can't get enough of: law enforcement questions, viral video liability, and even reality TV court battles.

So what did consumers love most about 2014? Here are 2014's Top 10 Consumer Blog posts:

Life, Work, Holidays, Oh No! FindLaw and Work/Life Balance

My editor gently reminded me yesterday it was time for me to get writing this month's From the Managing Editor post. Um, what? It was just November three seconds ago. Can I get a show of hands for all who think Halloween was yesterday, and are afraid that New Year's is tomorrow?

Such is life during this part of the year, where things speed up until you can't catch your breath. Oh yes, and you still have work to do. A lot.

Vote for FindLaw's Technologist Blog in the ABA's 'Blawg 100'!

Last year, for the first time ever, FindLaw made the American Bar Association's "Blawg 100." In fact, until the final week of voting, our Technologist blog had a strong lead in the popular vote in the Legal Tech category. Alas, much like my Kansas City Royals' charmed run to the World Series, we had to settle for second place.

This year, however, we hope that you'll help us reach the top. Our Technologist blog is once again on the ABA's "Blawg 100" list, and once again, the ABA wants your votes for your favorite blogs -- which, of course, includes us. (Right?)

This has been a successful year for us at FindLaw as we continue to improve the user experience, update our content, and grow our audience. But without an engaged audience (that's you), the effort and passion we pour into our work every day is all for naught. So in the spirit of gratitude, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation for helping us stay in our spot asthe No. 1 free legal information source on the planet (and that's no exaggeration).

We're proud of our achievements but still humbled by the things that matter most. We asked our esteemed colleagues to tell us what they're most thankful for.

Ever since you were a kid, you had questions like, Why is that...? How can I...? When do you...?

That impulse to ask doesn't end with childhood. Inquisitive adults have a whole different set of interests and concerns, and yet the legal world that intersects them can still look like one big question. Luckily, FindLaw Answers exists as a place for consumers to post their grown-up questions about the law -- even if they may be as simple as "why" or "how."

So what are some of the most popular categories on FindLaw Answers, and why is now a great time to ask your questions?