Friday, December 30, 2011

Best of 2011.

2011 has been a wonderful year for me personally and for my blog. I am not, however, one for setting resolutions or even, really, goals. Maybe this is my own fear of failure, but I find at this point in life I am much less focused and more inclined to simply explore life as it comes at me. 

That said, I am a girl who likes to look back. 

So today I thought I'd share the Best of 2011 on Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop!  

Top 5 posts of 2011 in terms of traffic numbers:  

1.   50 most beautiful English words.  I am still baffled by the fact that this post received over 40,000 page views since being published in late July {as per Google Analytics}. Absolutely baffled. I just sat down and went through the dictionary. I didn't even really add any of my own thoughts. Maybe that is the key to my success:  keep my thoughts to myself.  Hmmm. 

2.  Big shoes to fill.  Maybe it is the admission that I treat my children differently that struck accord with readers, but this too made quite a journey around the internet.

3.  Amy's Top 5:  Beauty Products. I find it humorous that anyone cared at all. But someone did. And that someone shared it with a few thousand friends. 

4.  A new decade. A new year. A new me. Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy post. It was personal. And heart-felt. And it feels good for people to read and comment on something I actually took time to write and share. I also appreciate all 40,000 who like my random list of words, but truly, this is the writing that comes from and feeds my soul. 

5.  Dear Apple.  One of my few attempts at humor. Not as funny as I remember it, but Apple does indeed rule our world still. And the madness continues -- we've added Apple TV in the mix. And now wonder how we ever lived without it.  

The internet is a random place, my friends. And this list proves it! 

Top 5 posts of 2011 in terms of, well, in my humble opinion. 

1.  They arise and call her busy. Because we all struggle with being torn in a million different directions and question whether we prioritize properly. 

2.  Well, I never . . . .  Like I said, I like looking back. This was just good clean fun.

3.  A new decade. A new year. A new me.  Because it felt good.  To write it and share it. 

4.  Motherless day.  This is a bit of a cheat because I truly wrote it in 2010, but it was published openly for the first time in 2011 so it makes the list. 

5.  I was a #SeniorHottie.  Not an obvious choice, I realize. And truly, I am hesitant to draw more attention to the horror. But, it was really fun to write totally tongue-in-cheek. And a good dose of humility does a body good.  

Thank you again for taking the time to read all {or some of} this nonsense! 

For whatever reason, I look back at my 2011 posts and see I've shared more snippets and small thoughts, and not as much of myself or my writing. I suppose that is part of the natural progression -- that I have less and less to share over time -- and I need to simply relax and continue to explore life as comes at me!

So here's to 2012 and whatever comes my way!  

And here's to wishing you and yours all the best!!


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