A few weeks ago I shared the Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2014, but today I want to share MY favorite posts of 2014! Do you ever write something thinking “if they only knew the rest of the story…?” Well that’s what today’s post is all about…sharing the rest of the story behind a few favorite posts.
My Favorite Posts from 2014
Last January, I began the year taking a looking at blogging and how I could improve my blogging skills to better serve the Cornerstone Confessions community. The result? I shared everything I was learning with you. I still love my new 404 page, and my Mega Blog Post Checklist remains on my bulletin board above my computer, but probably the post I still refer to most often from last January is Making Sense of Google Adsense. Yes, I still sometimes forget how to find certain statistics so I wrote this post as much more for me as for fellow bloggers. Sometimes those more official blogging tutorial sites just don’t write it in very easy-to-understand language. As Victoria of Creative Home Keeper said:
This is one of the best Google analytic tutorials that I have ever read! You really broke it down and wrote it in such an easy to read way. Thanks for this!
2. Does Your Husband Think You are an Idiot? 5 Ways to Combat Rhetorical Accusations from Your Husband in Light of Scripture
February was a rather trying time for me personally. February contains both my birthday and Valentine’s Day, and while you would think that would mean my husband would be showering me with gifts and dates all month that is simply not his love language. I’m lucky if I get anything more than a card for both events. For years, this has been very frustrating for me so much of 2014 was all about learning how to respect my husband more. And, from continually high views of posts like 99 Ways to Respect Your Husband and Pray for Your Husband, I get the impression I wasn’t the only one. The post Does Your Husband Think You Are An Idiot? grew out of several personally frustrating events at the time, and now that it is months later I can honestly say our love AND respect for each other is definitely stronger as a result.
January was all about growing my blogging skills, but in March I took a closer look at growing my social media outlets. As a result of this month, my Pinterest numbers really started to grow. This is probably why my interview with Melissa Taylor, the author of Pinterest Savvy, was such an honor. Her book is the most helpful Pinterest book I’ve read, and I appreciated her approachable-ness (is that even a word?) too.
April was filled with several extremely personal posts including What Will Your Funeral Be Like, that I wrote as a result of the death of one of my choir students, Keeping the Family in Mind as You Organize, which I wrote after learning that my husband just wanted a space of his own, and even my first homeschool update of 2014 which has now become an enjoyable monthly tradition.
However, the post I still refer too more often than almost any other is the Ultimate Guide to 5 Star Books for Kindergartners by Reading Level. If a reader I have chosen for Peanut isn’t at the library one week, I will open this post and choose another 5-star book from the same reading level that IS available. Or, if she just wants a little extra reading one week, I’ll try to include at least one or two extra books from a reading level she has just past. This post came about as result of many well-loved hours comparing books and reviews on different, and I have to say it is one of the greatest resources I’ve used in my own homeschool this year.
When May hit, it felt so good to take a break from homeschooling and focus on deep cleaning our house. It needed it so badly. I scoured the interest for deep cleaning checklists just so I wouldn’t forget anything and finally just created my own. It felt so refreshing to finally get a large item on my to-do list completed.
That said, probably my favorite thing about May was the weather change because it allowed my family to get outside more, spend more time together, and exercise together. Is it no wonder that the girls got a scooter and roller skates for Christmas this year? If we can do it together and be healthier for it, I’m all about it.
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For those of you that have ever published a book, you know how exciting and rewarding it is to finally be able to share with the world that your book is now available for the world! Part of me still can’t believe I actually accomplished this life goal in June, but I am so thankful God used me to write such a book. It has been such a joy to finally be able to share it with others.
When I first began looking into homeschooling, I thought it was going to cost at least $500 (for curriculum alone) to homeschool each of my girls. While doable, I knew it was going to make for a very tight budget. Thus you can imagine how excited I was when I started finding ways to save more and more financially while NOT skimping academically. This post was just the beginning of realizing that we could probably homeschool BOTH girls for less than $500 dollars and that next year we might even homeschool both girls for less than $100. I am so stoked!
Back-to-school posts are always some of my favorite posts to write. I love sharing about our year’s homeschool curriculum, our homeschool space, and our homeschool routine. In August, I even enjoyed sharing 6 Kitchen Organization Tricks That I Love as a result of my summer deep cleaning project. However, believe it or not, the post I use the most today is the Linkup Party Schedule. It’s not like any other linkup party landing page that I know of, and I love it because readers can add their own parties, sort parties by time, topic, alphabetical order or statistics. When I get ready to connect with the blogging community each week this is where I always start. It saves me hours of time and helps me prioritize where I should share each week.
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See that in 2015 my One Word is all about love and loving those around me, I am sure posts like 10 Things You Can Do When Your Kids Frustrate You and 8 Things You Can Do Today That Your Children Will Cherish for the Rest of Their Lives will definitely come in handy. However, the post I was most excited to share last September was probably How We Use Phonics Pathways to Teach Reading and Spelling because I couldn’t find anything else on the web like it. In the post I share our Phonics Pathways lesson plans that we are still using today and seeing great results. It provides a step-by-step way to proceed through the top pick phonics book, Phonics Pathways.
October rolled out my second favorite reading list, the Ultimate Guide to 5-Star Books for 1st and 2nd Grade Students by Reading Level, as well as a list of 5 Homemade Cleaners (that I still) Use Every Day. However, the post that changed my thinking the most was The Top 100 Musical Movies I Want My Children to See by Their 18th Birthday, because it helped me to begin thinking about better guarding my children’s hearts.
There are so many movies out there that I saw growing up that I have thought, “I want my children to see that someday.” However, upon viewing them with my husband again, I am appalled and can’t imagine letting my children see them. I admit, I have let my girls see one or two movies recently without previewing them again first, but I’ve only lived to regret it. Even as I view this list, I can already tell you I’d probably move a few movies down the list for sure. All that to say–preview ANY movie you share with your children first. It may not be all love and lace like you remember. One of my big eye openers? Sleeping Beauty. That witch was awful!
I will forever mark down that this November post changed my life–and not quite like you might think. What started as an off-the-cuff freebie, has been one of the biggest things to ever happen on this blog. The feedback on this freebie has been so overwhelming, I’ve been amazed. As a result of this one post, my Cornerstone Confessions stats have more than doubled overnight. All I can say as a result, is thank you.
My favorite thing about this December post, was the fun that went into it. Rarely am I satirical on this blog, but this is one post where I just let it fly. It was just plain fun to write. AND, it was also the post where I learned exactly how important it was to be completely biblically accurate. If you think it was the 3rd commandment, but it might be the 4th, check to be sure. Your readers will respect you all the more for your accuracy.
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