My All-Time Top 10 Blogs

Bloggers will tell you they don’t care about the numbers. Perhaps this is true for some. I, for one, like to see how my posts and years fare against each other. I’m always rooting for the underdog.

What I’ve Learned Through 5 Years of Writing Blogs

  • My most popular posts are more vulnerable.
  • The more I post, the more views appear.
  • As for categories and tags, use them. I can’t explain it, but more people will find your blog.
  • WordPress Bloggers are the best! Thanks for taking time to read today!
  • The blue links below are clickable.

10. Butterfly, Butterfly (2020)

A love note from my second-grade self to my mother.

  • Blogging Categories: Alzheimer’s, Family, Love
  • Tags: None

9. My Beautiful Miracle Baby (2022)

Just one of the reasons I believe in miracles.

  • Categories: faith, family, miracles
  • Tags: None

8. Tale of the Unwanted Letter Jacket (2020)

The time my letter jacket met its demise.

  • Categories: introverts, writing
  • Tags: None

7. Rejection Is God’s Protection (2018)

The time I crashed and burned at an interview and didn’t get the job I thought I wanted.

  • Categories: Faith, God, gratitude, peace, hope, strength
  • Tags: #teaching, #learningneverstops, feeling good, Life Lessons, my grandmother’s pearls, Nina Simone, rejection

6. I Am Fearless and Therefore Powerful (2022)

A 2022 newcomer to the all-time top ten list and a little lesson from Anne of Green Gables.

  • Categories: Books, Gratitude, Inspiration, Literature
  • Tags: Anne of Green Gables, Anne with an “E,” coming of age

5. I’ll Be Okay (2022) and When God Speaks (2022)

Two 2022 posts took a flying leap into the top ten and tied for #5. “I’ll Be Okay” details my recent breast cancer diagnosis.

  • Categories: Faith, Gratitude, Health, Hope, Peace
  • Tags: Breast Cancer

“When God Speaks” contains a confession.

  • Categories: Believe, Breast Cancer, God, Peace, Prayer, Progress, Walking
  • Tags: Mom, Philippians 4:6-7

4. Five Years Before I Said, I Do (2017)

The prequel to my marriage.

  • Categories: Faith, God, Gratitude, Hope, Inspiration, Love, Peace
  • Tags: None

3. That Time When I Met Harvey (2017)

The time when a hurricane flooded our home and the piece that compelled me to start a blog.

  • Categories: Faith, Gratitude, Hope, Inspiration, Peace
  • Tags: None

2. Writing Better (2022)

The top post of last year was just 16 views short of usurping the all-time #1 spot, and I don’t know why. A short piece about the steps to writing better: reading, writing, and revising.

  • Categories: Blogging, memoir, writing
  • Tags: None

1. Making Macbeth Memorable (2019)

The first time I taught Macbeth I posted this on a Facebook English teacher page where it continues to bring viewers.

  • Categories: High School English, Learning, Life Lessons, school
  • Tags: Shakespeare

Happy Blogging in 2023 everybody!

33 thoughts on “My All-Time Top 10 Blogs

    1. Hi Jerry! I keep telling myself I should start writing fiction because right now I’m all out of ideas. Your guess is as good as mine for 2023 blog posts. One day at a time, right?

      Like

  1. Goshdarnit, Crystal, every time I identify a favorite blog, another memory stirs elsewhere on the list, replacing it. By now, I roll the dice and visit entries posted before my time here. Nothing doing.

    Well, of 1 through 10, which is my favorite? Yes.

    As for number-gazing, there’s no shame in doing something universal. Why wouldn’t we follow the digits? The figures are the best, and the most objective, method we have of measuring the shadows our blogs cast.

    It’s humbling, yet instructive, when our opinion of a particular entry doesn’t match the audience’s. When, two weeks after posting a “masterpiece,” we see 5 Views, 3 Likes, and 0 Comments. Or, after posting a “meh,” we have trouble keeping up with all the activity.

    Better, of course, is when both you and the public send exclamation points. For me, this happens about once every four weeks or so, and it validates dedicating all the time and resources to blogging.

    Naturally, Crystal, you and readers seem to share an “!” much more frequently than that.

    Like

    1. It’s hard to pick favorites, and often my posts surprise me with what resonates. All I know is that if I were picking posts for this list, Making Macbeth Memorable wouldn’t make the top ten, much less the top spot.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. What a great idea to check your all-time stats. I’ve not done the same (don’t get near your clicks), but like yours, I do see where my most vulnerable posts get more clicks. I enjoy reading those types of posts myself. It makes us feel not so alone, don’t you think? Thanks for sharing these.

    Like

  3. Since I have started reading your blog fairly recently, I have some back reading to do to catch up. Some of these titles do seem so vulnerable, and that is where we get the best glimpse of someone’s heart. I’m looking forward to reading about those events and insights you chose to share.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I love this. It’s fun to do a retrospective of what you’ve written– and the world liked. I know you’ll keep us enthralled with more great blog posts in 2023. Happy New Year!

    Like

  5. I always find it amazing that the posts I think should do well often do not and those I think a bit light go over the top. I think the key is to be honest and not try to over polish. Happy blogging and happy 2023 Crystal. Allan

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts over the years!.. I just let my fingers do the walking and the heart do the talking and Que Sera Sera…. I started blogging around the time Yahoo 360 came to be, blogged a bit on Facebook when it were still a blogsite, then Multiply and around 2014 or 2015 came to WordPress… I posted many and never got a like, etc. wasn’t sure if anyone read it and I know that some people will click “like” and never read the blog, something I never do… 🙂

    My favorite blog is the one I write for me that I never post… it has thoughts and memories about loved ones and those special moments in history’s past… I save it for when I grow too old to dream and it starts; Dear Heart… 🙂

    Hope you and yours have the wonderfulest new year ever and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

    Like

  7. I haven’t looked at my stats in a while but I also root for the underdog and I DO care to some extent about my stats. Love your blog as always my friend. I’ve missed catching up with you!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s