It’s that time of year when it’s fun to reflect back on the year. I realize this hasn’t been my best year for blogging. I may write about that soon, and it’s both a conscious choice and the aftermath of life, but I am OK with it.
I am so thankful to anyone who still reads what I write here. I appreciate you and your support.
For fun, here are the top 10 posts according to traffic from this past year.
And now, my friends, I can finally share it with you. Thirty heartfelt devotions from me to you, with questions for reflection and journaling at the end of each day. Some comes from the blog archives, but much of it is new material written just for this project.
I priced it at $2.99 because that’s what I want to pay for e-books. It’s not quite ready for Kindle yet, but I’ll let you know when it gets there.
Read more about Parenting Parables on the My Devotional page. Buy it there or by clicking below.
I really like Pinterest. Mostly, I just use it for me. What did I do before Pinning to keep track of recipes I want to make? I had them collected in bookmarks, e-mails, clipping around my house. I guess I starred posts on Google Reader, when it was around, but in its demise I lost all that, too.
I can’t lie and say I don’t like how my traffic has doubled since the advent of Pinning as well. Recipe and crafty bloggers definitely got the win there. Of course I would rather have readers who actually, well, read what I write and not just scan my recipes. But that’s my writer-brain. I’m not very professional about this whole shindig sometimes.
Anyway, I love seeing what people have repinned of mine. And there are some pins – even old ones – that get pinned over and over and OVER again. I guess maybe they are just searchable gems or something. I want to share those pins here. Because if a ton of people are searching for them on Pinterest, maybe they will help you, too!
So here are my top Pins of all time.
25 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Back-to-School is a post I actually compiled for ParentLife. It’s had 1202 repins from one of my group boards, which does help its popularity! Here is the pin. I’m always excited to have written something that is helpful to others, and I think this one really is.
Another round-up I did for ParentLife (why don’t I ever post these winners on my own blog?), these are five of my very favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Yum! Pin status: 1077 repins. (And the only thing I wrote in the description was, “Christmas cookies.” Pinterest is weird. I have no idea why certain things work there.)
And in more of Things I Wrote for ParentLife I Wish I Had Published Here (just kidding, guys, they do PAY me for writing there), we have 25 Slow Cooker Weeknight Dinners. Pinners love their crockpots, don’t they? Repins: 816.
I actually wrote this before any of the ParentLife stuff. Mine: 1 Facebook like. Mine on ParentLife: 71,000 Facebook likes. Just sayin’. Summer Is for Slow Cooking has all of the slow cooker recipes from my site as of 6/2013. You can find them all now on this recipe index page as well. The Pin has 778 repins, so I can’t complain too much.
Skipping down a couple of places, we have this Octopus Pattern Craft from Still Playing School, which actually links to a collection of beach-themed learning activities. It always makes me laugh that this is repinned so often. I mean, I pin lots of crafts. Why this octopus? What is so special about it? It’s pretty darn cute, but it’s just a construction-paper-and-cereal thing. Anyway, it has 456 repins. You go girl, Miss Octopus.
What do you think makes a pin popular? Some of these are on group boards, some are not. All have text on their photos, whether the photo was taken by a professional or not. Some are collages, some are not. Some are big. Some are not. I find the whole thing pretty baffling … and will stick to just pinning things I like and might want to reference again.
But if you were wondering where you could find some slow cooker meals or a way to make traveling with kids more bearable, here you go.
As you may know from my self-confessed blog crush, Modern Mrs. Darcy is pretty much my favorite blog. I comment there so much that I sometimes worry Anne will think I am stalking her. (But really, do you know any bloggers who LOATHE comments? Hint: NO.)
I am so honored today to be guest-posting at MMD about “how I do it” – as a work-at-home mom to three little ones, writing for magazines and managing my own blog as well as a brand’s, and just generally attempting to stay sane.
And if you’re visiting from Anne’s blog, welcome. You might enjoy some of these posts that characterize what I do here at JessieWeaver.net – parenting, faith, recipes, books, and confessing my awful housekeeping skills.
I have to admit that I don’t actually read that many blogs regularly anymore. After a phase this winter of reading almost none, letting my reader get backed up to more than 200 posts, I decided to trim down my must-read list to under 20 blogs. I read a lot of links from Twitter and Facebook, but this small set works well for the time I set aside to read.
By doing this, I would say I’ve become a devoted commenter and lover of this set. And lately, a huge fangirl of these two women: Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy and Kayla Aimee.
Anne shares my passion for reading, and she writes about it. She’s encouraged me to write more here about books. She also writes about being a modern-day accomplished woman and what that means. I’m most of the way through her e-book, How She Does It, and it’s been such a refreshing read for me in that, “Oh hey, IT’S NOT JUST ME!” kind of way. I love everything she writes. Seriously. It’s well thought-out, provoking, and grammatically correct.
You might remember that I met Kayla Aimee when we traveled together to the Allume conference. Since then, we’ve gotten to be friends. But I don’t love her blog just because I love her – I love it because it is fun, funny, and inspirational. Kayla has a micropreemie daughter named Scarlette, who is a hoot. Kayla shares Scarlette stories – both serious and hilarious – as well as writing about decor, books, faith, and just everyday life. Her slightly self-deprecating humor and willingness to expose her weaknesses make Kayla an endearing, wonderful blogger.
I think the other thing about these two sites is that they have devoted readers who comment. Reading the comments on their posts is almost as fun as reading the post itself.
I long to have that kind of community here. But these two women have put in the work and it’s well-deserved on their parts.
I’ve been mostly recovering from the weekend around here, but I did manage to write two guest posts for two people I love very much!
At my aunt’s site, Got My Reservations, I wrote a post that I titled “Tablescaping for Dummies.” She’s made it into a she said, she said between the two of us as I talk about how I put together a pretty awesome tablescape for my sister’s engagement party. I LOVE how the post ended up!
Jessie: When you are a self-confessed imbecile when it comes to home design, it’s a little intimidating to have your aunt, who blogs about tablescapes, come visit while you’re preparing to throw a dinner party. Really, though, it was a great blessing. The Expert went through my cabinets and drawers, helping me throw together a fantastic tablescape using only what I had. [Keep reading …]
And at OhAmanda, I wrote a piece about worshiping with all our senses, and what the biblical precedent for it is. I’d love if you would go read it and leave a comment for Amanda.
One of my best college friend’s wedding was very high church. He is an Episcopal priest, and the wedding was complete with big bishop hats and a fellow priest with an incense scepter swinging back and forth.
I’ve always thought the whole smelly incense thing was kind of weird. It’s probably due to my highly sensitive nose, but also the fact that I attended (and still attend) a Southern Baptist church growing up. We’re a little wary of anything mystical and churches that don’t have an altar call. Just sayin’.
But this past week it’s become very clear to me why the high church has incense. [Keep reading …]
I hope you’ll go and visit these two wonderful sites. And if you clicked over here from one of those places, Welcome to My Couch! Get comfy, have a bite to eat, and I hope you’ll come back.