Can you believe 2011 is coming to a close?
For me, 2010 was a very hard and challenging year. I remember approaching 2011 with prayers pleading for answers and direction and wisdom for 2011. And now that 2011 is coming to a close, I look forward to reflecting on this past year and thinking about specific ways I've been blessed through answered prayers.
As I've begun reflecting on this past year, I took time to review my blog and evaluate what posts were viewed the most and what posts received the most feedback. It was kind of fun, actually, to review some stats and see what garnered attention or response. Hands down, those of you reading my blog are most interested in viewing, commenting, and suggesting to others, the posts that talk about, well, anything other than my kids!
Which, if I'm being honest, is really amusing. I started blogging simply because I wanted to journal the mundane day-to-day things my kids do so that I can capture phrases and pictures and memories. And, since all of my family members are several states away, blogging was also a way to help keep them in the loop with daily life.
Now that I've seen the stats and reviewed the evidence, I'm in a quasi-quandary. I really am! Several have suggested a blog that discusses Christian parenting - principles, discipline, organization, and how-to's. But there are also some that have asked me to consider facilitating a forum for discussion on women's various roles from a Christian perspective - in the home, at work, in the church, and in the community.
Friends, I'm motivated and overwhelmed. I'd love nothing more than to write and facilitate, but if I'm being honest, write and facilitate about... about... what? I feel so inadequate and would spend time groping for what to say and when to say it and how to say it. I lack tact and gentleness; I'm not a naturally funny person; I exaggerate when making a point.
So for now, I'm keeping my simple little blog, random as it is, an outlet to talk about my family, along with occasional spits of off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts about anything and everything else. But, but, I'm going to give some deep-down thought about beginning a blog with specific purpose that fosters intentional discussion. Sound okay to you? I hope so.
With that out of the way, here are the Top 11 Posts of 2011. (Drum roll please.)
1. How Dare We
2. Ten Years Today
3. Comparison Game
6. About Me
8. Because I Love You
9. Step Up and Step In
10. How Dare We
11. 12 Months! (Look at that... one of the top 11 posts was actually about one of my kids!)