Sunday, January 11, 2015

"Mosts" of 2014 ~ Most Popular, Most Fun, Most Commented on, Most Controversial and More

Hi there and welcome back!
It's been a while, what with getting back into the
 swing after Christmas break and all!
I hope to be blogging a bit more regularly, though only once
or twice a week as we resume the routine....
I do miss this space and all of you, as well,
but balancing life with blogging, well....
something has to give a bit!
I hope  you're doing well and enjoying January,
despite the deep freeze so many of us are enjoying enduring!
So I thought it'd be a  heck of a lot of fun to 
peruse my stats and reflect on the writings
here at my blog for a "mosts" of the past year.

Last year, I put together a mosts of 2013, so why not 
make it an annual thing? 

~~ Here goes some fun, in no particular order: ~~~

Most Popular Post in 2014 
(that was actually published in 2013! :)

San Fran, seen from Alcatraz Island

Proving that my readers really did leave their hearts in
San Francisco or they're just heavy into fish based soups! 

Most Visited Post of 2014


There's some easy, no frills fun for Lenten traditions here...
and guess what season begins in five weeks ! Eek!

Most Fun Post to Write

It really was as fun as the photos suggest!

"Tied" for The Most Visited "Recipe" Post
The Longest Post of 2014:

My most favorite place ever is Monument Valley.
Don't know this spot??
Sure you do!
This iconic Navajo Tribal Park 
has  been in all those westerns and movies set out west.
Ever seen a John Wayne movie?
Then you know Monument Valley.
Click over and take a peek.
Run Forrest, Run!

Most Popular Homeschooling-related Post

Robert Frost, especially in winter,
is one uber popular poet!

Most Popular Artful Friday Post

My little guy creates his own designs.
Come on over for some original ideas!.

Most Commented Upon Post

My oldest received the sacrament of confirmation
in May and wow, readers were really clicking over and leaving some
kindness in the combox about the dinner and treats.

Most Visited Travel Post of 2014

In southern Colorado,
one of the most stunning archaeological digs of North America,
if not the entire world, is waiting to be explored.

Most Popular "Poetry" Post
 Most Re-Pinned on Pinterest:

We're still  fascinated by The Greatest Generation's 
 sense of endurance, patriotism and fortitude, aren't we?
This is my Dad, a captain in the US Army Infantry,
WWII, Pacific Theater.

Most Visited  Holiday-Related Post

Lots of fun with Christmas and advent!

Most Controversial Post.
Published in 2013, this was still causing a stir in 2014.
As in, comments needed to be deleted.

At Santa's summer home in the beautiful Adirondacks of NY-
summer 2008

I'm not exactly a controversial person,
 but this post certainly garnered much negative
 attention and soooooo many comments 
which I  simply deleted.
Tsk...When will they learn??
I'm goin' out on a  limb to say that 
a  whole lotta coal wound up in stockings of non believers!

 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
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  1. Chris,

    I love your post! It's always very interesting looking back at the last year of blogging and seeing what was most popular etc. I am always surprised. My favourite posts are never the most popular ones!

    I remember practically all the posts you mention. So many photos to enjoy and happy memories to share, including the confirmation post.

    I hate being controversial. I don't deal well with negativity. I'm not very tough! However, sometimes I do say things as I see them. We should be able to do that without everyone getting upset. We don't have Santa in our house but I did enjoy your post about this subject. I'm sorry you were put in the situation where you had to delete comments. At least you got everyone talking!

    Another year of blogging is ahead of us. I look forward to sharing it with you! xx

    1. Hey Sue and thanks so much for visiting!! I so enjoy when you stop by! How fast time goes, doesn't it....I, too, remember many of the bloggers' "mosts" of the year like they were published just this week!

      Yes, same with me, on the negativity!!

      I'm so honored to be a part of the community of bloggers Sue, it's the best thing, isn't it ?!!
      Love your thought about sharing the blogging journey together this year!

      xoxox Happy New Year


  2. Awww I was looking at the most controversial and I can understand why it is! Amazing post! Dropping by from

    1. Aw, thanks so uch for your ind and supportive comment, my friend!
      I just clicked over to your blog and I'm loving it! You have a recipe there for a mozz cheese sandwich that looks amazing( and easy! a plus for me ~!)

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Love the pic of the Bridge from my hometown. Glad you had a great time in the City by the Bay.

    1. Yes, we certainly did love your city!! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi..... ;)

      God bless

  4. Totally understand the blog/life/family balance thing. Can't quite figure out myself how to make it all work perfectly! Looks like you guys had a great year and visited lots of cool places and made some good food. Have a great Wednesday!

    1. Yes, we did have a wonderful, memorable year!!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words!!

  5. What a fabulous collection. I'm still enjoying working my way through them! We're planning a trip to the US west coast within the next few years. I loved your white water rafting post (don't think I'd have been as calm as you if one of my kids went overboard!). Thanks for all the inspiration. :-) Hope you're having a gorgeous weekend, Chris!

    1. Lucinda!
      Thanks so much, my friend....I always love getting a comment from you! How sweet of you to stop by and click to a couple of my

      I know what you mean about the white water and calmness..... But you know what...once I realized he was fine, trying to be calm and keep his head above water and that the guide was on top of things-- I figured it'd just be a matter of a few minutes before he was in the boat and safe, you know.... :)

      Can't wait to hear all about the trip plans once it gets underway!

      I look fwd to visiting your blog again soon.....

      God bless


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