Happy 2019! Isn’t it exciting (albeit a tiny bit scary) to have a shiny new year lying out before us? I envision my blank planner pages just waiting to be filled with my life’s plans, events and appointments. My daughters both come to visit the end of this week and for the weekend. I haven’t seen Brennyn, Cady and Mustafa since June. And although, I just saw Lauren, Lucia and Francisco for Christmas, it was such a whirlwind visit that I am happy to have more time with them, too.
Will be going back to Kentucky to be with my mom from 01.19.2019 – 01.28.2019 but hope to have a more pleasurable visit this time. My brother, who also lives in Lexington and is there for mom daily, will be traveling overseas so I am going to be there, just in case.
Other than that, and a dental appointment I need to reschedule, my planner is pretty wide open. Want to get my blog posts and link-ups penciled in. That should fill it up a bit.
So, the title of this post is “My Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018 and a Conundrum”. The first part is self-explanatory. And I will get to that countdown in a sec. The conundrum stems from the occasions where my page view numbers were high but I hadn’t published a new post. For example, on August 27, I had the greatest number of page views on blog this year but I didn’t publish a new post on 08.27. How do I count that? Were readers on that day checking on my post for 08.26 or were they jumping all over the place? Does that day count in the top 10?
The same thing happened for 08.12.2018. No new post but a large number of viewers. Hmmm. Were they there to read the Tasty Tuesday post from 3 days before? Seems nothing in life is black and white! Decided to include those quizzical days in my count. So, I give you my top ten blog posts of 2018…including conundrums.
My Top Ten Posts of 2018
Number 10: 12.01.2018
My Mini Holiday Bucket List, 12.2018. Was feeling so hopeful when I wrote this that we would enjoy a peaceful holiday season. Five days later I was on my way to Kentucky. I did accomplish a couple of the items on the list and will write up an update this week to share with you.
Number 9: 12.03.2018 -2 posts
For this date, I published 2 posts that received a number of views and hopefully, ‘reads’.
The Blended Blog Asks: Holiday Edition. Really enjoyed all of these posts. They are easy and fun. The TBB gals will kick off 2019 with their first TBB Asks post on 12.07.2019. And I will be joining them.
Also, on that date, I published my experiences Going on a Bra Hunt. Seems that finding a comfortable yet attractive bra is a universal struggle. Who is it that’s designing bras, I wonder? Men or women?
Number 8: 04.23.2018
Ahhh, a book-related post. Yay! Similar to the TBB Asks format, in Calling All Bookworms: 22 Q&As for Readers of All Genres and Authors, I answered questions about my preferences in buying books, book formats, bookmarks vs dog-earring a page (perish the thought), favorite book of all time, etc. I discovered the questions through blogger Rachel A. Dodson who found them on Goodreads.
Number 7: 04.17.2018
Tasty Tuesday: Crock Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken. Let’s hear it for a recipe post! When I was with The Blended Blog, one of their all-time highest viewed posts was one where I shared my recipe for chicken pot pie (patting self on the back). Glad to know foodie posts are popular. Because I like to eat!
Number 6: 06.06.2018
Another 2-post day. Currently, 06.2018 and Wellness Wednesday: Goals Update & Mental Health Care Tips.
Number 5: 11.30.2018
The Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone series was one I created in the spring in hopes of pushing myself to try new things that were…well, outside my comfort zone. I think as we get older, it is easy to settle into a ho-hum, routine of familiarity because it is comfortable to do so. But shakin’ things up with new activities and experiences is feeds our brains, enhances creativity, helps us to become better problem solvers. This edition in the series was difficult to write because I shared the struggles we have had with my mother’s mental health and suicide attempts. Something we are still dealing with today.
Number 4: 04.09.2018
Behind My Blog Name. This is a post I had completely forgotten about. It was a link-up hosted by The Blended Blog where we were invited to share the story behind the name of our blog. Reread it tonight and I kind of like this one myself!
Number 3: 12.12.2018
Deck the Halls: And the (Assisted Living) Home. A recent post written while I was in Kentucky. One of the things that ‘sold’ me on Lafayette, the community where my parents moved in 2011, was the warm way all of the residents decorate outside their doors. In this post, I shared my meager holiday decorations here at home and then the decorations of the homes of the residents at Lafayette.
Number 2: 1o.31.2018
Leslie Paul & Messages in Metal. This was a review of a necklace I received for a company that makes personalized jewelry. It was love at first sight when I opened the package with my Hearbeat Gold Name Tag Necklace. Messages in Metal has some lovely pieces. If you aren’t familiar with them, please take a sec to check out this post.
Number 1: 10.10.2018
Wellness Wednesdays: Goals Update & Cancer Prevention Tips. Way to go, Wellness Wednesday, with 2 posts in the top 10. Thank you, Natalie, for creating this series. I am so thankful that I have not had to worry about cancer personally. Knock on wood that I never do. In rereading this post, I am reminded that I really, really have to cut back on the sweets, if it means pulling my sweet tooth out of my mouth! Cancer or cut the sweets…easy choice.
And Now for the 5 Conundrums
On the following days, my blog had a high (for me) number of views. Including the day with the highest views of all time on 08.27.2018. But I didn’t publish a post on any of these days. Hmm. So does that mean, folks…you guys…stopped by to check out a post from the day before? Or does that mean, on these particular days, for some reason folks…you guys…stopped by to just hop around on my blog? I am going to go with the former statement. Here’s the list of conundrums, which make up some of my highest views ever – listing the date of the high viewer count and the article published the day before that maybe??? drew readers to stop by.
Conundrum Number 5: 08.12.2018
Good Lord, it’s another Wellness Wednesday. Goals Update and Healthy Cooking Tips, published on 08.09.2018, may have been the post that brought readers to my blog on the 12th. Or maybe not.
Conundrum Number 4: 10.07.2018
My Fashion Haus: Outfits from the 2018 Fall Capsule Wardrobe. A fashion post. Or, in my case a ‘fashion’ post. I am, in no way, a fashionista. To the contrary, I tend to have a tongue in cheek attitude toward my ‘fashion haus’ posts. I enjoy getting dressed everyday, largely due to discovering the Get Your Pretty On style challenges, and so it’s fun to share what I am wearing now and then.
Conundrum Number 3: 10.23.2018
Tasty Tuesday: Creamy Sausage Potato Soup, Blog Hop and Recipe Swap. I remember this post being popular. But I guess it was after the fact, not immediately. A great group of gals and I came together to share our favorite soup recipe. Even had gals sharing recipes on my blog FB page, here. This was a good time! Looking for something easy and delicious to make for dinner tonight? Girl, you have to try this creamy sausage potato soup. Thank me tomorrow.
Conundrum Number 2: 12.09.2018
Sentence a Day, 11.2018. Yay for SaD! Conundrum or not, I am glad to see a Sentence a Day post (possibly) draw a number of readers. We have some great bloggers link-up for this series. And it is fun to look back on our own month and the month and activities of others.
Conundrum Number 1: THE BIG KAHUNA, 08.27.2018
Spiritual Sunday: 08.2018. Let’s hear it for the Lord! Kind of refreshing that this could possibly be the post that had the highest number of viewers/readers? It went live on the 08.26 and my blog had the highest number of views the following day. The question is, what were viewers…you guys…reading/viewing?? Was it this post? I hope so. Can I get an amen?
What do you think? Is it fair to assume that these conundrums were just posts that drew interest the day after they went live. Or is this some kind of fluke? Guess I will never know. But I have added a plugin that should make all of this math, this counting of viewers easier for 2019. If I can just figure it out!
Thank you for the times you have visited my blog. Thank you for the support you share in the comments you leave. I am in a bit of a quandary. You know how I have enjoyed working over the past 5 months. My little part-time job has given me a renewed purpose, a reason to get dressed in the morning, a sense of contributing more to our expenses and savings. But I have been away from work since I left for Kentucky almost a month ago. I am scheduled to go back tomorrow morning but here come my daughters’ for a visit and then another trip to Kentucky later in the month. And who knows what more in the near future. My supervisors have been so very understanding with the many days I have needed to be off. But how much more can I expect them to put up with? So, I am going to work, possibly to turn in my resignation. I will miss this little job.
Tell me, what kinds of posts have you enjoyed most on my blog? What can you live without (me in my fashion haus?) and what would you like to see more of? Is there anything about this silly blog that keeps you coming back? Total boredom?
Thank you for supporting me through 2018, with its highs and lows. Hope we can get to know each other better in this shiny new year.
Hugs and kisses,