A bloggy look back at 2012

I don’t know if this is of interest to anyone but me, but I like to look back through my posts at the end of the year and pick a couple or more from each month aside from the regular Friday’s Fave Fives, Nightstand posts, and book reviews. So here are some of my favorite posts of 2012: some are fun, most are thoughtful. After that I’ll share what my blogs stats say are my top posts of the year.


Happy New Year!

In Memory of Susie Dog.

Thinking about resolutions and words for the year...



The Winter of Life.

Happy Birthday, Robert Burns! One of my favorite poets. And this post has the distinction of being the first (and only, as far as I know) post a teacher (my friend Ann) used in her lessons.


Women in Ministry.

Submission in Christian Marriage.


Christian concepts that are a little “off.

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light” about proposed infanticide.


Am I doing any good? in visiting my mother-in-law when she is too sleepy or forgetful to know I am there. (Answer: yes.)


Of grace, law, commandments, rules, and effort.

Focus makes a difference.

The real problem with Facebook...


Here I Raise My Ebenezer.

Our relationship with God.

Graduation weekend.

If I were to write a book.


When you’re married to a scientist.


Favorite Places.


When God doesn’t deliver.

The surprise at Mary’s prayer meeting.


One who has influenced my life.


Songs in the Night.

As Seen on the Internet”


What grace does not mean.


The Captain of My Fate.

Thoughts about the election.

An adoption story.

Carrie’s Getting to Know You questions.

A Perfect Christmas (repost)


Learning from the Savior’s learned obedience.

What does it mean to magnify the Lord?

It looks like I did a lot more thinking some months than others — or at least had more time to record my “stray thoughts” then.

According to my blog stats, my top 20, most read posts are:

Home page / Archives 17,072
Christmas Devotional reading 8,998
Coping when husband is away 6,368
Thanksgiving Reading 5,571
More button crafts 5,070
Church ladies’ groups 4,274
Quotes on Thanksgiving and thankfulness 4,210
Book Review: Les Miserables 3,469
Kids answer questions about moms 3,282
C. S. Lewis on love 3,225
Book Review: A Tale of Two Cities 2,608
Encouragement for mothers of young children 2,513
Ten free gifts for Christmas 2,462
My desktop free view 2,326
A Perfect Christmas 2,317
Recipe for a happy marriage 2,232
When there is no hunger for God’s Word 2,083
I Corinthians 13 applied to Christmas 1,847
John 3:16 Valentine 1,750
Christian quotes about love

The first year or two I blogged, I posted a lot of seasonal and holiday things (poems, devotional reading, etc.) that I had accumulated over the years from doing a monthly newsletter. Those always get the most “hits” November-December, I guess from people looking for the same thing. But I am pleased to find some of my original posts there as well and hope people are finding them useful. It’s about 40 posts in before we get into any of my posts from this year. Hmm…I wonder if that means the quality of my writing is declining.🙂 Or maybe it just means those posts have been “out there” a bit longer and show up on searches more easily. I don’t know.

A day or two after I worked on this post, I received a year-end summary for my blog from WordPress. This is only the second year they’ve done this kind of thing, but it is interesting to me. Here is their prepared excerpt::

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 180,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 3 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

I don’t know why they’re going with “helper monkeys”….

Thank YOU for being a reader!

3 thoughts on “A bloggy look back at 2012

  1. Hi Barbara,

    I’m always surprised that the birthday cake tradition continues. We have 7 grandchildren Our oldest is now 23, and the youngest is 15. I’m thrilled to report that they all have accepted Christ and really love the Lord!

    Happy New Year!

  2. The “helper monkeys” must be a nod to evolutionary thought, but really, has anyone ever seen a monkey help a human? I have my doubts.

    It was fun to read your own favorites. I personally liked “What Grace Does Not Mean” a lot. It made me think about what it does mean. What a blessing!

    It was also fun to read the Word Press report. I was surprised to see how much I commented!

    Thank you for all your thoughtful posts and your sharing your family with us. So fun! God bless you in the New Year!

  3. Barbara, I have not kept up with my blog reading very well these last couple of years, but yours is always such a joy to visit. Love that Lichtenstein quote! Thank you for always sharing such thought-provoking, God-affirming thoughts. You are doing great good! Happy New Year.

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