Before we put a fork in another year (get it? fork? food? lame? OK, I tried) I’d like to take one last look at the current year on the blog; what worked and what . . . well . . . didn’t.
Here are the top ten posts of 2014 (according to page views), the bottom one (my first real stink bomb), a few of my favorites and some other memorable moments as they relate to the blog. If you’re a regular reader, I’d love to hear whether any of my posts stood out to you as memorable in the past year. And if you’re not a regular reader? You better go get your glasses, there are 284 posts you need to catch up on. Let me know when you’re done.
Top Ten Posts of 2014 ~ working up to #1
10) To My Boy
I’m so glad this one made the list. A little over a year previous to this post, I wrote a heartfelt post to my older son in the month of a milestone birthday. This one was to my younger son as he hit the same milestone.
It included a recipe I developed with his favorite flavor combination, chocolate and peanut butter: Peanut Butter Cup Squares.
Every month some friends and I publish Fly on the Wall posts. They’re snippets of what goes on in our homes and people tell me all the time how much they look forward to
laughing at me that glimpse into my home every month.
I spent so much time anxiously preparing myself for my anticipated empty nest and when the time came . . . it didn’t happen!
I wrote this post just last month based on the hilarious, gotta see it to believe it, actual products I found on Amazon.
The prompt I received for this Secret Subject Swap (a monthly group writing challenge) sent me in a serious direction. I spoke about introducing my children to funerals.
This serious post got a cocktail for a recipe, my Chocolate Raspberry Pie-Tini.
This post came about after I had been interviewed for one of the books I’ve contributed to, The Mother of All Meltdowns by Lydia of Cluttered Genius. She asked me what makes me laugh. I gave her an answer, then later sat down and wrote this longer response.
The post includes the recipe for PurDude’s favorite dinner, Baked Hot Wings.
Another Secret Subject Swap post made the list. My prompt this time was about the famous person I’ve always been told that I look like.
Every home has a bang checker. Guess who ours is . . . the only person who doesn’t ignore them, of course.
The second most popular post of the year was another Secret Subject Swap, this one a humorous one about who I think needs an arrow in the butt.
Recipe included was this Pineapple Coconut Cake with Butterscotch Drizzle.
The NUMBER ONE post of 2014 was Be My Valentine. You can’t do this blogging thing alone, at least I can’t. This post from almost a year ago, was written to thank some fellow bloggers who’ve supported me.
The post includes a recipe that was very popular, Chocolate Strawberry Brownie Cake.
And now that I’ve mentioned some of my successes, 2014 was also the year I had a post that was a total and complete failure. This post was supposed to be a humorous take-off on the kids’ game where you’re presented with a grouping of items and a category and you need to guess which one doesn’t belong.
Category: What does YOUR kid eat?
This thing did a complete belly-flop. I mean no one got it. People were polite but I could FEEL them making the “cookoo” sign behind my back.
The most anticipated post was the result of my vague-posting this one night on Facebook:
Tomorrow, when I’ve (hopefully) calmed down a bit, remind me to tell you about how my son and his friends lit my car on fire tonight . . .
Every day until I was ready to write about it, people would stop by my Facebook page and ask if I’d told the story yet. When I finally did post it, as a Use Your Words writing challenge, people couldn’t get over to read it fast enough.
My Favorite Humerous Post
In the beginning of 2014, my mother’s cousin told me about a talented children’s books author and illustrator in the family. That little bit of information resulted in my writing Fairy Tale, a story that was so much fun to write and illustrated. I later had the
balls guts chutzpah to send the link to this woman and she was so magnanimous.
The feedback from this post was huge. Many people suggested and a few even insisted that I needed to write a book of these Fairy Tales. I did start one, but then I edited and edited and edited and now it’s about 3 words long. It’s tough being your own worst critic. I hope to get back to it, though.
My Favorite Serious Post
I had the idea to write a fictitious holiday story, but I wanted it to be unique. I know so many talented writers, I wondered if some might be willing to collaborate by adding a paragraph to an ongoing story.
Lots? Oh, yeah.
I was shocked by the response. What started as my hope for a blog post ended up being 3 posts, an amazing story somehow seamlessly crafted by 16 very diverse writers.
This series of posts was a gift. One I couldn’t be more proud of.
I developed this recipe for a Strawberry Shortcake recipe competition I was invited to enter. I’m not someone who often has her recipes come out as well as I’d envisioned them, but this one came out even better. My family loved how it looked and tasted and PurDude was mortified when it didn’t win. It did earn me enough coupons for free berries to get me through the whole summer. It also got a lot of attention, having been featured in a slide show on the website The Daily Meal, was featured in the online magazine ArtisanLife, Daily, and even had the honor of being chosen as a feature post on BlogHer.
Baking In A Tornado Milestones in 2014
Previous group blogging challenges I had developed and continue to run:
Secret Subject Swap, Use Your Words and Fly on the Wall got two siblings this year: Funny Friday and Blog With Friends.
Baking In A Tornado’s Facebook page topped 12,500 “likes”,
Twitter account went over 2000 followers,
Pinterest boards hit 800 followers,
Google + account exceeded 750 followers,
and I joined Instagram. No idea what I’m doing over there but I’m there.
As always, I want to thank everyone who takes the time to read this blog, to leave comments and encourages me to continue writing. I take a lot of time with my posts, not only writing them but I make all of the graphics myself, as well as developing, executing, photographing and editing the pictures. Your engagement makes it all worthwhile.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year.