Today is the end of our third full year of blogging, and as is tradition, we end the year with our most-read posts of 2014. We chose 14 (seven each), plus one bonus guest post that was the most-read post of any we published in 2014.
The top post of 2014
This post is a gift, to us and to anyone who reads it. Our friend Christine writes about loving and losing her baby daughter Hannah, and how Hannah still blesses her life.
Jen’s top 7
It is interesting how things change from year to year. With my first full year back to work complete, there were fewer how-to or I-tried-this kind of posts (and I still haven’t gotten around to writing up Noah’s 7th birthday party) and more Real Truth posts — those moments or experiences that stuck with me long enough to think others might like to share them. Turns out you did.
No surprise that this was a big post; if you are on Pinterest from August-November you know the pumpkin mania. These are tasty; you should try them sometime.
I like this one, written the night before I turned 40. Worrying about turning 40 was worse than doing so, and once I thought about it, there was plenty I was fine with leaving behind.
There’s something about a confessional post that makes me feel better. When vanity cost me money and caused me pain, I really had to wonder about myself. (It did work, though.)
Minnesotans live for summer and it does become a bit of a free-for-all. Fall, with its return to schedules and accountability, is actually welcome.
More confessions, prompted by chipping my just-whitened front tooth on a plate of nachos. I might be type A most of the time, but actually I’m a major struggler.
This one is sweet and makes me happy that people wanted to read it. My oldest son enters the teenage years and it is a joy to be a part of watching him discover himself.
It’s not all confessional — here’s a professional post about a book I read on women and confidence. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do, then check out the book and other online resources.
Breanne’s top 7
One of my favorite topics to write about is the outdoor adventures my husband and I take with our kids, mostly because I enjoy reading posts like this for the tips and inspiration and like to return the favor for others Google searching similar topics.I’m also wildly proud that three of my top seven posts are NOT about motherhood/child-rearing.
A write-up of our annual hike-in-to-a-cabin trip. The awkward/long title is an attempt to help people Googling for topics like this to find it.
A confessional post about our struggles with our night-wandering three-year-old and the bed-sharing compromise we came up with.
Real truth about working motherhood and strategies that have helped.
Our first Boundary Water trip with the kids. I’m proud that post has already inspired others to plan trips with their children! Also, every time Blythe says “Loon! Loon!” or Beatrice correctly identifies kindling, I swoon.
I love this post because it’s about HAIR STYLING, a topic that gets little press on Borealis. Also, it changed my life (well, as least my hair).
Turns out you are as interested in standing desks as we are. This one got a lot of “Me too” love from others who are also standing-desk converts.
This post is part travel post, part comparison of our spring break trip this year vs. last year, and how much easier things are getting as the girls grow older.
There you have it! I wonder what 2015 will hold? We can’t wait to find out!