2011 Adventures at The Patch

By January 6, 2012 culture, faith, language No Comments

Writing a recap post each year gives me a chance to review my blog and remember what I wrote about and what my life was like during the past twelve months. The words I would use to describe 2011 are travel, running, and writing. The three are connected: I traveled a lot, some because of running, and wrote about both.

WordPress sent me the following fun fact about my blogging life in 2011:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Thanks for attending at least one of the four sold-out performances! Who knew that so many would sit through random musings about travel, running, and writing?! If you are an infographic fan, you can read the complete WordPress report for my blog here. I hope you will visit again in the New Year!

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Picks of the Patch 2011

As usual, I’ve pulled some of my favorite posts from 2011 as a reading sampler. If you are new to The Patch, you will get a good taste of what I tend to write about here.

faith
A Case for Mealtime Grace
Mega Memory Month Wrap-Up: Linear Thinking Would Be Helpful
Spring Cleaning
How to Wait for a Spiritual Sunrise

language
It’s a Grammar Party! Dullards and Pendants Welcome
Which Word Wednesday: Flair vs. Flare
Which Word Wednesday: Height vs. Heighth
Resting in Common Words

culture
Recovering Life’s Margin
Enchantment Leads to Great Delight
Snap Judgments of the Positive Kind
Overcoming Evil with Good

Stats from The Patch

All-Time Views: 50,346
Total Views in 2011: 12,336
Average Daily Views in 2011: 34
Total Posts in 2011: 96

Most Popular Posts in 2011

#1: Gifts from My Mother
#2: Which Word Wednesday: Hoedown vs. Hootenanny
#3: How I Won the 24th Erin Award at the Hot Chocolate 15K

2011 Blog Adventures

Some space at The Patch was reserved for The High Calling book club commentary. We read and discussed The Spirit of Food (a collection of essays) and Enchantment written by Guy Kawasaki.

In April, Christ and Pop Culture added me to their writing team. Mixed Signals is my weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging and how Christians can navigate all that. Among other things, I’ve written about the marketing of Sharpie pens, the American Heritage Dictionary, the Obama brand, Ikea, The Fresh Market, and Nutella.

In May, I was asked to write a guest post for Revive Our Hearts. I love that ministry and the people I’ve gotten to know! What a blessing to be connected to them.

My book, Comfort Detox, now available! order your copy here