Celebrating 200 Posts!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011Tweet
It's my 200th post! I'm pretty excited about this. I've been in kind of a melancholy/cranky mood the past few days, not helped by the dreary skies and spitting rain today, so rather than dump that on you I decided to have a celebration of this blog and how far it's come. I'm using a combination of Erin's 300th post celebration at Analyfe and Jackie's 7 links post at Blueberries For Me to look back on this blog.
First Post: My first post was called The Launching Pad. It explains my original reason for starting a blog -- I was trying to find a job, plan a wedding, and clear up some health issues, and I wanted a place to track my progress. I think the blog was originally called something stupid like "Summer Projects." Once it was fall and I was married and had a job, I rechristened the blog Faith Permeating Life and started taking it in a new direction.
I've considered deleting those older posts (I'm always embarrassed when I see someone start at the beginning of my blog because they're sure to quit before getting to the new stuff) but I think it's good to remember how things have changed -- how my life focus has changed.
Most Popular Post: By pageviews, it's How My DivaCup Has Made Me Happier, which got over 500 views from being featured on the DivaCup Facebook fan page. Unfortunately that wasn't the kind of thing I normally write about, so I'm not sure if I gained a single follower from that experience. Ah, well.
Most Commented On Post: A Married Woman By Any Other Name... has received the most comments -- everyone wanted to share their own name stories and thoughts, which is awesome! That post was in response to a discussion that had started in the comments of the second-most-commented-on post, Why Get Married?, my thoughts on the purpose of marriage that followed a rant about how marriage isn't for procreation.
Most Controversial Post: My most recent post, When You Say "Get a Job"..., probably stirred up the most disagreement, even if it was only from a few people. Prior to that, my most controversial post was probably Can We Please Stop Trying to Make Things Illegal and Actually Fix the Damn Problem?, about why efforts to make abortion illegal are not actually the most effective way to reduce the number of abortions.
Most Helpful Post: The posts most intended to be helpful are usually the ones out of character for this blog, like my tips for applying to jobs and networking. But in terms of the regular topics I usually cover, I think my most helpful post is probably Mike and Jessica's Guide to Healthy Arguments. This is an area I think a lot of couples struggle with, and we've actually developed a pretty good approach.
Post Whose Success Surprised Me: Life After College: Where's My Friend Group? seemed to resonate strongly with a lot of people. I had a friend e-mail me to meet for lunch specifically in reaction to that post. I wrote it mostly in self-defense of why I don't have lots of friends I see on a regular basis; the funny thing is that since then, I've made a few friends in the area, and Mike and I actually hosted a very well-attended board game party recently, which we're going to try to do every few months now. So everything in its time, I guess!
Post I Didn't Feel Got the Attention It Deserved: The ideas that led to my Belief, Centered on Love were huge for me -- they gave me a framework for understanding myself as a Christian and a simple question for judging whether my own actions were Christ-like. Only one person commented on it, though, so I guess either I didn't do a good job of explaining my ideas or nobody else saw them as new, important ideas.
My Favorite Post: Really?? I have to pick a favorite? That's like choosing a favorite child! Sigh... I guess if there was one post I'd want visitors to my blog to read, it would be What Kind of Christian Am I? Life Lessons from a Stranger's Funeral. That post really encapsulates much of what I try to get across about my religious beliefs and how I try to live my life in general.
Top Search Terms: "faith permeating life" "waiting until marriage is stupid" "soap bubble"
Top Commenters: Just Me @ Getting out of my boat, Rabbit @ The Adventures of Rabbit and Turtle, 'Becca @ The Earthling's Handbook, and Macha @ Life as a Reader. There are many more of you who comment occasionally, and I'm exceptionally grateful to all of you!
In 2011, I started posting three times a week on a schedule that has worked on pretty well. I started documenting my happiness project once a month, and in October I started the monthly Three Books on Thursday linkup. Who knows what 2012 holds in store for this little corner of the Internet!
In the course of developing this blog, I began putting more effort into using my Twitter account and eventually created a Facebook page for it as well. In either place you might just find follow-ups to my posts (like how this woman nearly ran me down speeding through in the parking lot a few days after I'd decided not to talk to her about tailgating me), links to news articles (like Michigan's "anti-bullying" law that grants exceptions if you're bullying for religious reasons -- ugh), and questions nobody answers, like what I should host a guest post series on :)
To all of you who read this blog, whether since the beginning or for the first time today, and especially those of you who take the time to leave your thoughts -- thank you! You're the reason I've made it to 200 posts. Here's to 200 more and then some!