One of my resolutions this year is to get my blog posts out in a timely manner. So I thought I would start with a recap of 2011. What? All the other bloggers did that last week? Well, cross that resolution off my list. I'll try again next year :)
2011 marked the birth of this little ole blog of mine. To be honest with you, I was completely clueless about blogging when I jumped into this venture (and I'm still pretty clueless). I enjoy writing and thought a blog would be a nice way to document the remodel of our master bathroom. I really didn't give much thought to what I'd blog about after the bathroom was complete.
Luckily, I've had enough hot air to keep going. It hasn't been easy. Being a considerate blogger is very time consuming, and I've tried to keep up with posts and projects and comments and e-mails as much as I can. But, I still have 4 little people who need my attention. There are times when I'm being a "good" blogger and feel that I've failed my family. There are times when I've been a good mom, and feel that I'm failing at my blog.
I can't count the number of times I've tried to write this post over the past few days!
Thankfully, I've got all of you who have welcomed me into the blogging community and provided advice and encouragement along the way. Thank you so much for visiting and supporting me, and leaving comments and e-mails that uplift me. You rock!!
Okay... before I run out of time to finish this post... Here are the Top 5 most-viewed posts of 2011 :
I have to tell you a quick story about this one. I had been blogging for a month and getting a couple of hits a week from my loyal followers, which consisted of my mom, my sister and a few
people I paid friends. One night, seemingly out of the blue, I started getting tons of traffic on my blog. And, my followers increased from 10 to 75 in a matter of hours.
I went to my Stats page and noticed they were coming from Thrifty Decor Chick's blog. She had mentioned my post on her blog and her followers were coming by in droves. It was unreal! I realized at that moment that people ... real people, who didn't know me might actually start reading my blog. It was exciting and scary! Thank you, Sarah :)
I guess y'all love a good home tour as much as I do! I'll be continuing my Friendly Places home tour series this year, and I've got some phenomenal homes to show you.
I love painting furniture (when I can find the time)! Hoping to do more of this in 2012.
So, there you have it. The "2011 Sweet Chaos Readers' Choice" posts! I must tell you that the 6th most-viewed post cracks me up. It was one of my first posts and I never linked it up to any blog parties, so I'm shocked it made it to the Number 6 slot.
The post is titled, The Naked Truth (with pictures). Do you think people are googling something else, and just happen to land on that page? (Mental note: Use provocative titles for future posts.)
Thanks again for joining me in 2011! It truly has been sweet chaos, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'll be back soon to share my New Years resolutions with you. Or maybe I won't be back too soon. After all, I am no longer resolved to post in a timely manner :)
HAPPY 2012!! Hope all your wishes come true this year!