Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reviewing This Blogging Year

How do you sum up a whole year of blogging?

(I know what some of you are thinking--YOU DON'T!)

Sorry, Charlie, I'm gonna do it anyway. Consider it a little housekeeping task I feel compelled to do (hard to believe I used the words compelled and housekeeping in the same sentence, huh?!). I have slightly more posts this year than any previous year and should hit my 500th post in the next few months. YOWSA! I can hardly believe it!

So many words and yet so little said. Sigh. For your reading pleasure (or as a favor to you insomniacs) I'm giving you a rundown on the bests posts of The Next Step of 2009.

According to Google Analytics, the most popular posts of this year were:

Wanting More for Desperate Housewives


My Irrational Fear

Sometimes the Biggest Victories are Personal

But I Love You

For My Husband

But I must say I've gotten the most feedback from my 7 Quick Takes posts each Friday. They seemed to develop a following as soon as I started focusing more on my family life, giving each of my kids a pet name (what are you, a bunch of Nosy Nellies?). If you'd like to trip through them, I'm warning you, it may take a while, but here's the link. It starts with the most recent and goes back in time. I'm thinking this is a good thing, since they got much better as the year went on and you'll no doubt get tired of reading within the first ten minutes.

Quick Takes

And since this is my blog, I decided to tack on a few of my favorites which aren't already listed.


Blasted Hormones

What I Want My Daughters (and Sons) to Know About Sex

Julie and Julia Meet the Pioneer Woman or Adventures in Failed Imitations

A Tough Lesson

Blessings in Disguise

Finally, I want to thank you, readers. Often in this blogging gig I feel like a little girl speaking to her dolls, trying to sound smart and important, but in the end knowing I am only a small voice with no real audience. Your kind words and comments spur me on and let me know I'm not alone here. Thanks for the privilege of working out my faith without judgment and often with unexpected encouragement. Much thanks goes to every one of you who has taken the time to say something in person, write a comment, send me an e-mail or message me on Facebook letting me know you're reading. You have no idea how it touches me.

Thanks for making this an adventure.

Soli Deo Gloria--To God be the Glory.


Emiley said...

I don't often leave a comment, but I almost always read....and often it starts a good conversation at our house. Mostly I love how it helps me feel a little connected to you still. :-)

Jaime Kubik said...

I have had a hoot roaming the pages of your blog this morning! I would pick one and that would lead me to another, and yet another, and still another....(did I need to do anything constructive today?? Where are the children???) Anyway, I had a hoot reading and as always you inspire me with your matter what you're writing about. I love you!

e-Mom said...

This is classic... Often in this blogging gig I feel like a little girl speaking to her dolls, trying to sound smart and important, but in the end knowing I am only a small voice with no real audience.

Yes, you really do have an adoring audience! Happy New Year, Tami. :~D

RobinSampson said...

Thanks for posting theses I was a ble to read through most and get to know you better.

BTW< I have the same fear-- don't think its irrational. Mine is growing. ;-)

Amy Bayliss said...

Oh I think we all feel like we're speaking with no one listening most of the time. ;)

I enjoyed going through your posts. I hope you and your family have an amazingly blessed 2010!