There has been a fun little blog meme going around for the past few weeks where bloggers ask their blog friends to compile a list of their posts that fall into seven categories. And well, since I’m never one to miss a ride on a bandwagon (remember the accent videos from a few months back?), when one of my favoritests bloggers, Gretchen from Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! tagged me, you know I jumped all over this. So, without any more rambling from your’s truly, my seven links:
Most Beautiful Post
Interestingly enough, Gretchen also picked a post about hiking in the Flatirons for her Most Beautiful (even though we there are totally different times of year, for different reasons and both live no where near Boulder). I love this post because, obviously, the scenery was spectacular, but more importantly, I think the realization I had while trekking through the snow was one of the more poignant moments of my life. And the post that explained that is really, very integral to understanding who I am and what motivates me.
Most Popular Post
Hands down. Not even a close second on this one. Not even my homepage can compare. I posted this recipe for the dessert-desperate only three weeks ago and already nearly 300,000 people have stopped by my little corner of the internet to check it out. I guess people are in serious need of quick desserts. The post went viral on StumbleUpon, Pinterest and Tumblr. For about a week, the traffic was so high on the post that the blog was moving at a crawl! Good problem to have. 😀
Most controversial post
I don’t think I really have much controversy, and mostly I welcome lively discussion! So this post was the only thing I could think of. At first, this post seems tame as usual, but in the comments there was one bit of backlash that I never expected. I am proud of how I handled it, but it was really the first time since I started this blog that I thought, “Wow. People actually think they know everything about me. And think they get a say in my life.” It never even occurred to me that
strangers blog friends would care about how I run my life (although, in hindsight, I guess that is kinda part of blogging and reading). It was controversial for me because it took a lot of poise to respond how I did when everything inside of me was screaming “DELETE! AND THEN GO CRY!” Thick skin, I have not.
Most helpful post
I seriously cannot pick just one on this, I love writing practical guides that I think are really helpful (and I even refer to them sometimes). Soooo, here’s a list of some of my favorites:
- Tips for your Warrior Dash, Mudathalon or Mud Run
- What to Include in Your Emergency Kit/Jump Bag
- 6 Tips to Help You Feel Good in a Swimsuit
- Tips for Healthy Business Travel
- 5 Tips for Traveling on a Budget
- Grocery Shopping and Couponing 101
- Blogging, Behind the Scenes: Post-Planning
- Overnight Oats 101
- Yogurtmaking 101
A post whose success surprised you
Any of the Good Reads posts
My first Good Reads post was really the first time I kinda stepped outside of the recipe/fitness content arena and I figured it would fizzle out without much pomp and circumstance. But everyone was so into talking about books! It still surprises me every month that people care to talk about reading on a food and fitness focused blog. Good Reads really helped me to realize that health and wellness extends way beyond the kitchen and the gym. The success of Good Reads gave me the confidence to write about other topics that I thought were important to my emotional health
A post you didn’t feel got the attention it deserved
This post was my first time doing a DIY/craft tutorial on Wholefully and it kinda bombed. Just like Good Reads, I didn’t know what to expect with the branch out, but it was still a bummer when it fizzled. I love crafting and DIY (it is a huge part of my free time), so I figured incorporating into the blog content was a no-brainer. But, alas, I haven’t written any crafting posts since. Maybe it was the wrong project? Or maybe this just isn’t the right audience for craft-posts (I’ve often thought about starting a separate, Young House Love style blog for DIY projects). Who knows? Maybe I’ll do more crafting posts in the future, but for now, they take a huge time investment and if no one likes them, then it isn’t worth it. I want to write content you want to read. 😀
The post you are most proud of
I started this blog to be a healthy living blogger, just like everyone else. But a few months in I realized I didn’t want to be just like everyone else. I didn’t want to post every morsel of food that went into my mouth. I didn’t want to photograph the same bowl of oatmeal every morning. I didn’t want to complain about how my 8 minute mile was slow. I wanted to be different. And more importantly me. So that post was the beginning of a still ongoing evolution of what this blog is about. And I’m proud of that.
That was FUN! I’ve only been doing this blog thing for 11 months, but it is definitely fun to look back and see how the blog and I have evolved, very cool.
And now, it is time to spread the fun, I’m supposed to tag five people. So, tag, you’re it:
- Dani @ Cloud 8 1/2
- Krissie @ Questions for Dessert
- Gwen @ GwenniePie
- Leah @ Leftovers for Lunch
- Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher