I’ve never done one of these before. I don’t know why, but when I went to check out my top 10 posts, I was a little surprised by what I found there….and what I didn’t.
So here are the top 10 posts from A Little R & R David Letterman Style:
#10 – 10 Things You Need to Do On Twitter Right Now
I am in the middle of two social media experiments, one of them is Twitter, so a follow-up post will be coming up soon. This was written before I started my experiment, and all of these 10 things still stand, in my opinion. These 10 things revolutionized my approach to Twitter, and Twitter has become a favorite of mine – right up there with Facebook (I never dreamed I’d actually say that!)
It is so hard to be a new mom. Everything you said you would or would not do goes out the window the minute your walk through the door with your new baby in your arms. It’s a wild ride, but it’s worth every moment.
Here’s what I would go back and tell myself, if I could, just as I was preparing to birth my first-born.
If there is anything I’ve learned the past 6 months of blogging, since I’ve opened up my heart and become more authentic and real here in my little corner of the world-wide web, it is that most people are lonely. Most people are aching for real friendship. Most people want that special friend to whom they can pour out their heart without fear of judgement or condemnation.
And I’ve found that this is rare. If you want to be a healthy friend, here are 5 traits you need to possess. (there were supposed to be 6, but it ended up being 5, and I was very confused when I made this graphic…)
Wanna peek into my library? Here you go. Here are my top 10 go-to books. Many of these I’ve read multiple times over. Some of these are on my 2015 reading list.
I wrote a post once…about caffeine. It was picked up by a major eMag and went viral – at least for me it was viral. Anyway, the response both on Facebook – on my blog and personal page, and on their page, as well as on both our sites, ran the gamut. It went anywhere from strong agreement to strong disagreement, to proclamations that I was judgmental, narcissistic and a ridiculous writer. I think I must have hit a nerve.
But the reply I received most was people wondering why it even mattered. Most people found this trivial, in light of….well….most of life. Here’s why I think it matters.
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I love holidays. I love celebrating. Mostly, I love celebrating Jesus! We don’t do the Easter Bunny in our house. We don’t do eggs. But we do celebrate life. New life. Christ’s resurrection and what that means to us today. We celebrate that all year long – but especially at Easter!
Remember #8? Being a healthy friend? Well, here’s the opposite of that. Here are 9 things to look out for in friendships — and in yourself — that will destroy an otherwise healthy and long-lasting friendship.
#3 – Why Bloggers Need to Be Real
This was one post that surprisingly, and suddenly, rose to the top 10. Shared by Cozy Little Cottage in her blog post named The Stepford Bloggers, it got a lot of attention. (just a caution to my readers, her blog has some language…)
The truth is, while I love to write series, I also love to just write from my heart. I need seasons when I don’t know what I’m writing about, when I don’t have a plan, and when I just blog from the heart. But either way, I try to be real. Be me. Be authentic…because that’s what I appreciate in other people.
My bestie Misty from Beautiful Ashes stopped by last year to share this amazing list of books your kids will love to read. There are books for every age in this list, and actually now is the perfect time to stock up on some great summer reading.
And now…..drum roll please!
This post is so much more than a tutorial. This post is a plea to parents to layer web accountability in their homes. It is a plea to keep screens in high-traffic places so that our children, our spouses, ourselves do not succumb to temptation. I think every family has experienced that humiliating and uncomfortable moment when we’ve searched for something completely innocent, and void of s*xual nature and what came up was porn, or near enough to porn to make us blush.
In that moment, what do we do? The temptation to make the wrong choice is more diminished when we know that at any moment someone could walk by and see what we are viewing.
I talk more about that here – and of course, the YouTube tutorial.
But there were 2 posts that didn’t make the cut. I was a little bummed, because they are my personal favorites. Here they are:
When I had my 4th miscarriage, I knew that part of my healing had to be writing. Yet I was very concerned that what I wrote not be viewed as self-pity or whining. Yes, I needed to share about the pain – the depth of my pain. I wanted to make sure it was real…but I also wanted it to glorify Jesus Christ. I wanted to share my story, but I wanted my story to point to Him.
I hope that I accomplished that with this piece.
This was my first time I really began to open up about what I was going through in the moment. I’ve always been fairly open and definitely self-deprecating, but usually about past experiences, while I tend to hide what I am currently facing.
With this post, I opened up for the first time about what I was facing at that exact moment. This was unscripted, unedited (well, maybe a little grammar), unfiltered…this was me in the moment.
And you know what? You didn’t run away. You didn’t scold. You didn’t throw stones….or words.
I was surprised by the response to this post. Very surprised. And I learned a lesson: People want to see me. The real me. The unfiltered me. The unscripted and unedited me. Because that’s relate-able. That’s authentic.
And this post sent me on a whole new path of writing.
Sure, there will be times when I’m scripted and edited and all of that – but there will be those raw moments, too.
Dear Reader – thank you so much for stopping by to read. I am always so amazed that people actually take time to read what I write.
Would you take a moment and tell me which post has been your personal favorite or meant the most to you?