Looking Back at 2010

By December 29, 2010 culture, faith, language No Comments

With only days remaining in 2010, it’s time for my year-in-review post. As compared to previous years, this year’s review has more to love. You’ll still see my favorite posts from the year (and be able to cast your vote for 2010’s Pick of the Patch). But you’ll also find some fascinating blog stats (if you like that sort of thing) and a summary of all the fun things I got to do in this cyberspace community.

If you feel inspired to post your own year-end summary, be sure to link up here to let me know.

Here’s a final HT to 2010. And be sure to stop by later this week for a look ahead to 2011!

Pick of the Patch 2010

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Some favorite posts from the past year. And cast your vote for your favorite!

Ash Wednesday: The Mark that Matters
Prayer Is Not a Token for the Divine Wish Machine
Breathing in Faith

Beauty 101: When Your Lipstick Gets Hairy, Toss It
Grammar and Punctuation: The Wonder Twins of Language
Writing from the Pantry

How to Be Human and Part of a Family
What If the Joneses Aren’t American?
Ode to the DMV


Stats from the Patch

Total Views: 22,681 (compared to 8,974 in 2009!)
Average Daily Views: 63
Total Posts: 135

Most Popular Posts
#1: Which Word Wednesday: Inconceivable vs. Unthinkable
Freshly Pressed brought in 3,475 views / 118 comments / 92 likes

#2: The Beauty of the Dashes
Freshly Pressed brought in 1,341 views / 20 comments


Blog Adventures 2010

The readings I chose for the Social Justice Challenge changed the way I view money and my purpose in life.

January was dedicated to another round of Ann Kroeker’s Mega Memory Month—I meditated on some verses and reaped the benefit of God’s Word corralling my thoughts.

There were two book clubs that captured my fancy in 2010, both hosted at High Calling Blogs. In the spring, we read The Right to Write by Julia Cameron; in the fall, we read Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath.

In May, I got new business cards (500 of them!) and I used the graphics to give my blog a facelift. Then in June, Verizon announced all its e-mail accounts in my area would be sold to Frontier . . . thereby making my business cards pointless. Since I had to change everything anyhow, I took the opportunity to transfer my blog to its own domain and got a new e-mail account to match it. Then I got new business cards. Again.

The launch of my post series on word usage was a hit! Which Word Wednesday debuted in August and has produced the highest traffic and interaction my blog has ever seen. It has been great fun to make connections with other word enthusiasts each week.

All this blogging produced an invitation from Revive Our Hearts to attend its September True Woman ’10 conference as a guest blogger (a highlight of my writing career).

My love for reading and blogging mixed with Dewey’s Read-a-Thon in October. The best part was staying up all night to read with dear friends who also love a good book.

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