My Best of List for Living Large
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Here are my choices for the “Best of” Living Large:
Most Beautiful Post: “Peace,” a post I wrote about remembering my brother. I finished “No Immediate Threat: The story of an American Veteran,” the memoir I wrote about his life and death at Our Little House. This post is about our finding peace here and by bringing Steve’s story here, about my finding peace in his passing.
Most Popular Post: “Visualizing your Dreams,” remains one of the most popular posts, according to my server’s analytics. The post was written over 1 ½ years ago and I’ve had another posts on vision boards since, but this one really struck a chord with readers. Both posts on vision boards had a book giveaway for “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vision Boards,” an excellent book on how to create a board to bring your dreams to life.
Most Controversial Post: “The Dreaded Deer Hunting Season.” The post about the opening of deer season here and the negative effects it has on our usually peaceful surroundings. This post made it around on the pro-hunting sites, where I was accused of misjudging hunters and pro-animal sites, where I was hailed a blogging hero. I guess you can sometimes please everyone!
Most Helpful Post: “Baggin’ it,” which describes my use of cloth grocery bags. I think getting into the habit of using cloth bags, even if only to go to the grocery store, is one of the smallest things we can do that will have a big impact on the planet. In over 20 years of using our bags, we’ve saved over 10,000 plastic ones from the landfill. We also save space at Our Little House by not dragging anything else into the house.
The Surprising Successful Post: This was a tie. “Books at The Little House,” a list of my all time favorite books and I asked you to list yours as well. Book posts at Living Large are always popular ones, but this one was one of the first and it surprised me how much Living Large readers love books! “Why are Children Bored,” was one of my most popular posts as I think it struck a chord with so many.
The Post that Deserved More Attention: “Time Capsule.” As a student of history, I’ve always been fascinated by reading about it as well as recording it. I thought many of our community would be interested in putting a time capsule into their own walls as they were building their tiny homes. A few months later, I posted “A Time Capsule Found in a Little House,” about such an artifact being found in a small home in England. The letter gave a glimpse into another time and made us realize that one thing never changes. Most of us love our homes and hope that future generations will care for it as we did.
The Post of Which I’m Most Proud: This was a tough one as I’m very proud of many of my posts, especially the ones that help people understand how serious it is that we take care of our planet. However, I chose “Feeding my Soul,” because I truly believe to have internal happiness, we must be doing things each day that feeds our soul, so that we may help feed others.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list and going back over some historical posts at Living Large. Do you have opinions on any of these posts or others I didn’t list?
The 5 blogs I choose to tag:
Little House on the Southern Prairie. Love Emily and love her blog. She lives in her small house with her hubby and adorable baby, giving a different perspective on small house living.
Champion of my Heart. Roxanne Hawn’s journey with her fearful Border Collie, Lilly, is a great read for you dog lovers. The 2010 Best Dog Blog winner of the Petties and a 2011 finalist, this is truly an award winning blog.
Discover Washington State. Heather is a friend of mine and a Living Large community member. She specializes in Washington State travel and since I’ve always wanted to visit, I enjoy living vicariously through her blog posts.
Midlife Matters. Dale and I are just beginning to find out that we are entering a whole new world in midlife health wise and Sheryl Kraft’s posts are both informative and inspiring to us aging boomers.
320 Square Foot Home. I like reading different perspectives on small house living and Debra Jordan’s story is inspiring. Not only did she have a YouTube video tour of her home go viral, but it’s interesting to see how she copes with her husband and teenaged son in a house the size of The Belle Writer’s Studio.