Tuesday, January 18, 2022

2021 by the Numbers

At the end of each year I like to spend a little time reading through old posts and noting - thanks to the statistics feature associated with the blog - which topics were well-received (and which topics weren't, for that matter) by you, my readers. I have always written and will continue to write in my own voice, and I know how important it is for my blog remain a true representation of who I am, but I want my words to reach out in a way you find interesting and engaging.

As far as recurring posts were concerned, Monthly Medleys took the lead this year, passing High Five for Fridays, which took the collective top spot last year. The "battle" between the two was close though, and I suspect that the reasons these two categories of posts remained popular haven't changed. Monthly Medley posts = new books to read, television shows and movies to watch, podcasts to listen to, and recipes to try while (many of us are) staying home more often than we once did. High Five for Friday posts = a weekly reminder to seek out and focus on the good - no matter how small - in our lives despite the dumpster fire blazing all around us. I promise to continue with both kinds of posts in the coming year. 

Because these two categories of posts brought in high numbers of views almost every week/month, I removed them from the list of top 10 posts so I could get a better feel for what other kinds and styles of posts went over well. So now, without further adieu, here are this year's top 10 posts (in no particular order):

La La (Insta)Land

20 fast and furious minutes taking loads of fun photos in a pop-up photography venue.

Grumpy for a Decade

Another year of mourning our Packers' early departure from the NFL playoffs.

"2021 Will Be Better", They Said...

A recap of our experience (spoiler alert - it wasn't great) during the Snowpocalypse.

Duke's Legacy

How our kittens help keep our first cat's - Duke - legacy alive.

10 Things I Hate About You

10 things I hate that everyone else seems to love.

High Five for T-W-E-L-V-E

My girl celebrates her 12th birthday, and I write about how much I love her.


My boy may not be a grandmaster quite yet, but he's certainly a master of chess puzzles after ending his five-year reign undefeated. 

Texas Bucket List: Pleasure (Near the) Pier

Our first family trip to the ocean in Galveston since we moved to Texas.

On to the Next

A recap of an anything-but-ordinary school year and annual photos of the kids in their soon-to-be-too-small "Class of 2025" and "Class of 2027" shirts. 

Friday Night Lights

Not much compares to Friday night high school football games in Texas. 


And per usual, I also like to share a few of my personal favorite posts from the year. 


This - our first - litter of four will always have a special place in our hearts.

Polar Plunge 2021

When we needed a substitute for our swimsuit snow angel tradition, we began - and then continued - the polar plunge tradition. I think this one is here to stay.

Best. Day. Ever.

Texas' first snowfall of 2021...unlike the snowpocalypse that occurred weeks later, this snowfall simply resulted in a beautiful 24 hours of white and a snow day. 

I Miss Her...Again

One of those moments when out of the blue you remember the way things used to be.

The Other Woodson

A story about siblings, and letting and encouraging each one be who they're meant to be.

Asthmatics Unite

Sharing our story in hopes it helps someone else.


I know now that the term "man child" was meant for 14 and 15-year-olds boys - there is just no better way to describe this beautifully complicated state of being.

Cheers to 2021...onto to 2022!

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