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Top Seven Posts of 2012

Here we are, the last day of the year.  I don’t know about you, but I am ready to welcome 2013.  Before we get there, I thought I’d recap some of my 2012 posts for you.  I published 80 posts this year (this post makes 81).

This year, pinterest came on the scene for my blog, and I had to start upping the ante on my photos.   I also started getting some movement on reddit.  It has been a fun year of writing for me, and I hope to do even more in 2013.

Below are the top posts in seven different categories.  Some of them are the most popular and some are posts that I thought were a bit overlooked.  Almost all of them have to do with food.

Most commented on post: Homestead Failures: Confessions of What I Didn’t Do.  Seems like you guys could relate!

Best food post of 2012Garlic Scapes Two Ways.  It’s hard to go wrong with garlic scapes, and they are pretty too.

The most overlooked food post of 2012:  Despite having quite a few comments, there were not very many hits on my Spicy Hot Lava Cakes recipe.  It’s a quick and easy dessert, and very tasty.  Check it out!

Most overlooked how-to post:  When to Harvest Garlic.  Was this old news?  Or not many people growing garlic?  Just bad timing?  I’m not sure why the hits here were low here.

The most popular post of 2012: Practical Ways to Store Food without a Fridge which, thanks to pinterest, surpassed my previous all-time most popular post: 2010’s Handmade Halloween – Garden Gnome Tutorial.

Most “controversial” post of the year: Five Things No One Tells You about Keeping Chickens.  I got some heat on reddit, where this post ruffled the feathers of the chicken huggers there.  Despite that, it has stayed in the all time top twelve of /r/homestead.  It was actually in the top ten until the middle of November.  So yay for that!

The 2012 post I’m most proud ofThe Gamey Taste of Game Meat, Part I.  I really love how this post turned out.  I worked hard on putting it together and it was well received.  I hope to do a few more hunting/game meat posts int he coming year.

If you enjoyed this recap, make sure to check out my top posts of 2011 as well.

I would personally like to thank you, my readers, for visiting my blog, especially those of you who take the time to comment.  Many of you are regulars and I appreciate your frequent comments:  Annie at Learning As We Go, Cynthia in Denver, Jessie: Improved, Robin at Seventh Acre Heaven, Laura H., City Sister, John (aka El Goucho), Alice, Roxanne, dixiebelle, and so many others (I’m sorry I can’t list you all!).  Seeing that people are interested in what I have to say keeps the blog fun and exciting for me.  All of you who comment add so much to the information here.  Thank you!  I hope all of you have a safe and happy new year.  See you in 2013!

Categories: Recommended Reading, Top 5, Urban Homesteading | Tags: , , , | 7 Comments

The Top Ten Posts of 2011

If I hosted an awards show for my blog, the ten 2011 posts that I would give an award to would be pretty hard to pick.  My blogging grew a lot this year.  I went from barely writing in January to really getting committed in April.  We had a lot going on, from crazy experiments to having a baby and getting the house organized.  So in a miss-mash of ten categories, here are the results from 2011 on this here blog.

Best DIY postDIY Pallet Compost Bin – lots of hits on this one, all year.  I think I took great photos and I’m happy with the bins.

The most practical postHow to Peel an Acorn Squash – Who knew this was a universally tough squash for people to peel?

The most shared postOccupy Denver – I’m a little surprised at this one.

Post with the most comments20 Weeks: The Boys Closet – Cleaned! – Apparently, I’m not the only mom trying to keep their kids’ stuff organized!

Post that was hardest for me to push the “Publish” button onConquering Fears: Homeschooling, Josie and Postpartum Depression

Biggest epiphany of the year: Garden Layout and Crop Rotation – Duh!

The most popular post of all-timeHandmade Halloween – Garden Gnome Tutorial pulled ahead this year in October, beating out the former all-time most popular post since 2009, Thrifty Thursday: DIY Garden Gate.

The most overlooked post of 2011:  it’s a tie between Photo Friday: Putting in the Bees and Thursday Tip: Tomato Tags.  I got hardly any hits on either one.  The bee photos were just plain cool, and I thought the tip about zip-tying tags to tomato cages was brilliant.  It worked great this year, by the way.

The 2011 post I’m most proud of:  Unplugging the Fridge: Cost vs. Inconvenience and Project Review – Some of the math gets fuzzy before I suss it out properly in the comments.  But bottom line is, without a fridge, we’re saving about 30% on our electricity bill, give or take.

The most popular post of 2011Gardening and Culture: Are Food Gardens Just for the Poor?

Which posts did you like best?  Rick liked all the ones where I talked about cutting down the tree – but that saga was just too long to get an award from me.  😉

What are you hoping to see more of here in 2012?  Chickens?  Bees?  Canning?  Gardening?  The kids (Mom)?  Recipes?  Organizing?  Crazy Experiments?  Anything you want me to cut down on (I make no promises on the crazy)?

Have a safe and happy holiday ringing in 2012!

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