2014: A Year In Review

 

Can you believe that 2015 is upon us?  WOW. It really doesn't seem possible, yet looking back it's been quite a long year with a lot happening.  Here's a somewhat brief review of my own highlights!

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2014 - A Year In Review

I started out with some resolutions . Some I succeeded with; some not so much - more on that in an upcoming post!  Later in the year, I talked more about goal setting and really thought about priorities- which will affect my thinking when setting up resolutions or goals for 2015!

2014 was also a year of learning a lot about the Paleo eating style and we really sunk our teeth into it during Lent when my family took part in an extended Whole30. If you didn't catch that and are interested, start with this post- and be sure to look for all the ones in-between that first one and this recap.  I'm thrilled to say our health did benefit and I am still not quite the sugar addict I used to be - though I'll admit, I could do with some tweaking again so another whole30 may be in store for us!

We moved from our home in Steam Valley to a beautiful house in the woods much closer to Williamsport.  That was quite the challenge as we discovered that the 'professional packers' didn't exactly do the professional job we had hoped and planned on. However we area all feeling at home and are totally in love with the trees surrounding our house!

Another highlight of our year was our son participating with the local school district in footballfootball! This was his first official football experience and we were so delighted in his progress and the team's undefeated season!

I did a LOT of research into Charlotte Mason!  I'm really drawn to this style of homeschooling and have done some experimentation with books, nature study, word making ( Delightful Reading by Simply Charlotte Mason), music and art appreciation, and more.

Charlotte Mason - Image by Wikimedia.org

I also attempted to  submerge myself into my writing and reading.  While I didn't carry out exactly what I set out to do (see this post), I do feel successful with both.  PiBoIdMo 2014 certainly helped! I'm hoping to do even more with both of those categories in 2015- and my children were kind enough to get my book pile started at Christmas!  This is my current fiction piece!

The blog didn't do too badly this year-  only 4,787 views but I did increase followers and got some interactions with comments- but it didn't quite get to where I had hoped for.  I think things slowed down a bit after switching to WordPress.com.  Other bloggers tell me this is a common problem so I'm hoping after making some other changes, things will pick up again in 2015! I did have several posts that seemed to do much better than others.  Here are some links in case you missed them:

Those People Who Always Smile - This continues to be my most read post since I originally published it after suffering a loss in 2012.  I keep thinking I should do another post on this topic.

St. Emmelia and the Orthodox Homeschool Conference - This post was about the conference held in 2014 but remains to be a highly viewed post.  I'll be sure to write another post this year when I find out the details for 2015!

Why I Refuse To Support Homeschool Diploma Programs -  This is a post I found really necessary to write.  There is so much misinformation out there on these programs and not much out there on the other perspective.  I've had a lot of support and positive feedback among fellow homeschoolers for writing this post.

12 Ways to Eat Healthy Without Going Broke - It's so important to place the food you put into your body as a high priority.  For some families this is hard- I know.  But there are ways to do it.  If your health is a priority (as it should be) there are ways to make healthy food an option instead of giving into 'foods' that aren't really 'food' at all....and cause more damage than good.

And while it hasn't hit the numbers for top posts over the year, a recent post that I wrote is viewed rather often too:

9 Steps to Become a Morning Person

Facebook has been my top referring site- so PLEASE- if you follow me on Facebook be sure to SHARE  your favorite posts and bring more tot he site.  If you don't follow me on Facebook and would like to -  there's a handy little follow button in the column on your right!!!

My personal favorite of the recent months though was this one:  Answer the Phone

Here's some photo highlights of my life this year! (I love looking over photos!)

Sleeping With Blankie...an every night occurrence.
Sleeping With Blankie...an every night occurrence.

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Greg's Wedding3

 

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This is Maggie.  :)   She is a bit frisky and adventurous when not sleeping!
This is Maggie. 🙂 She is a bit frisky and adventurous when not sleeping!

 

Overall, it's been a good year.  I certainly didn't include everything in this very brief synopsis as my time to write today is short and , well.....

Now it's time to PLAN!

I want the blog to do better and I'm looking for feedback!  So please take a few minutes if you can and let me know-

What do you like reading here?  What are your favorite topics?  Why did you choose to follow this blog and what keeps you coming back?  I'd love to hear so I can keep those thoughts in consideration as I make some plans and changes in the upcoming months!

5 thoughts on “2014: A Year In Review

  1. writersideup

    Hey, Carol 🙂 I only recently started following your blog and don't remember, AT ALL, where I saw your name/link. Though I'm not Orthodox, I am a Christian, and appreciate "clean" subject matter, so I'm sure that was a part of it. Also---you write for kids 😀 😀 😀 I enjoy most of the topics you put up, though I can't always read everything 🙁 I have to become very selective because I spend most of my day on the computer and a lot of that is due to blogs and commenting. I want to spend most of my day OFF the computer and I'm still trying to figure out how to do that.

    Blogging and building followers is not an easy thing to do because it takes time and there are so many people doing it. Just keep the good content flowing and it should happen organically, I would think 🙂 For me, I will read the topics I can't resist. Sometimes it's unexpected ones, like becoming a morning person, you know? Regardless, I enjoy stopping in!

  2. writersideup

    Oh, and now that I was just reminded that, with your blog, every time I "follow comments," I get a "confirm" email. If there's a way to turn that off, that would be great! To me, the easier it is for people to comment and not have to waste time, the better. It's the reason I "approve" comments rather than use CAPTCHA. I truly can't stand CAPTCHA and wish that were easier, too. I hate having to fill out stuff every time I comment, then have to decipher a code, or answer a "confirm" email. It all doubles and triples the time spent on social media : /

    1. orthodoxmom3

      Thank you so much for commenting. I really have no idea how to turn that off if there is one. I can't stand CAPTCHA either! Oh it drives me insane! LOL. I too want to read other blogs but don't want it to monopolize my time! I don't recall exactly but it seems to me it may have been a writing post that you started commenting on. I will never stop writing about writing! Or my faith- or really about any of the topics I've been writing about. But I do like to know why people are reading as perhaps I might lean on certain topics for awhile if that seems to be appreciated more....for now. We shall see!
      Thanks for the feedback on the blog. It does take time, I understand. I'm just trying to make the best of the time I do have. I've accepted that my lifestyle just isn't going to allow me to be regular with posting all the time; but I want to do the best I can with what I am able to do and I think there may be other changes I can make to draw people in. Thank you again. I always appreciate your feedback!

    1. orthodoxmom3

      Thank you! I'll look you up 🙂 It's interesting to learn of other faiths; I don't know a whole lot about the Jewish faith other than what I read in the bible!

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